The Combatribes [Model TA-0028]

A 28-year-old Arcade Video Game by Technos Japan

The Combatribes [Model TA-0028] screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): ctribe ctribeb ctribe1 ctribeb2 ctribej ctribeo


The Combatribes © 1990 Technos.

Three player simultaneous melee battle in which larger-than-life fighters battle against rival gang members. As well as being able to pick up objects such as motorcycles etc. and throw them at the enemies, players also have a number of interesting fighting moves that can be unleashed upon their opponents. These include picking up unconscious enemies and hitting OTHER enemies with them, as well as banging two enemies' heads together and smashing recumbent enemies' heads into the ground to finish them off.


The Combatribes [Model TA-0028] the Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : TA-0028

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 8.5 Khz)

Players : 3
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2
=> Attack, Jump


Released in June 1990.

One of the clown thugs in level 2 were inspired by the Joker character from the 1989 Batman film.

In Act 3, an advertisement for "Block Out" appears on the two sets of TV screens.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Double Dragon 3, The Combatribes - PCCB-00065) on 21/06/1991.


The US version is slightly different, it has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.


[JP] Nintendo Super Famicom (dec.23, 1992, "The Combatribes [Model SHVC-CR]")
Nintendo Super Famicom [US] (mar.??, 1993, "The Combatribes [Model SNS-CR]")
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [US] (nov.20, 2009)

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