A 29-year-old Arcade Video Game by Nichibutsu

Pairs screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): pairsnb


Pairs © 1989 Nichibutsu.

Pairs is an adult memory card game featuring five girls.

The player starts with eight hearts. Every time the player does not find a match he loses a heart. The game is over once a player loses all of his hearts. Upon continuing the player will start the current level over. Some cards on the field are not paired. When an unpaired card is revealed the player may continue to search for a matching card. Once the player matches the Cute Girl cards the stage is completed.

Once a stage is cleared, the player is shown the girl in a specific pose. The player is then given the option to buy an item to use on the girl within that pose. Each girl has two poses and each pose has two items that may be bought for a total of twenty different erotic scenes.


Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 5 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 2.5 Mhz), DAC

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Pairs was released in August 1989 in Japan.


Aside from the four pairs of suited cards (hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs) there are five special cards that have the following effects:
Gold - gives the player the specified amount of gold to buy an item to use in one scene
The Explosion - shuffles all cards that are not currently face-up
The Crystal Ball - reveals the location of one of the Beautiful Girl cards
The Cute Girl - find the pair to clear the stage
The Energy Drink - find the pair to get an extra heart
The Ugly Girl - when revealed the player loses a heart, but if the pair is found, the player is given three hearts

Game's ROM.