Arcade game:Radar Scope


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The Strong National Museum of Play

Radar Scope can be considered the most important failure in video game history. Radar Scope was a space shooting game inspired by Space Invaders and Galaxian. Encouraged by the game's popularity in Japan, the fledgling Nintendo of America placed a large order for the game from their Japanese parent company. However, the Japanese hit did not translate to the American market. Nintendo of America was in desperate need of a new, successful game to keep their company afloat. The game that they received was no small hit; it was Donkey Kong. First produced as a conversion kit for the unsold Radar Scope cabinets, the history of Donkey Kong will forever be intertwined with Radar Scope.

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  • Title: Arcade game:Radar Scope
  • Date Created: 1980, 1980
  • Location: Japan, Japan
  • Subject Keywords: video game, electronic game, arcade game, video game, electronic game, arcade game
  • Type: Arcade Games, Arcade Games
  • Medium: plastic, metal, glass
  • Object ID: 109.17163, 109.17163

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