Lost In Translation/Arch Rivals

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Arch Rivals
Arch Rivals marquee.
No screen shot.
Arch Rivals control panel.
Manufacturer Bally Midway
Released 1989
Analog joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 7.724 MHz)
M6809 (@ 2.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
512 x 480 pixels
30.00 Hz
64 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
1,018,597 bytes (994.72 KiB)
MAME ID archrivl · archriv2

About The Game

Arch Rivals is an hilarious basketball game featuring customizing team names and colours. A full game consists of 4 quarters, with 4 minutes each. Each team has 2 players, and the objective of the game is to outscore the opponent until the final buzzer sounds.

If the game results in a tie after 4 quarters, a sudden death overtime period is added, in which case the next basket to go in will win the game for the team who scored it. The overtime period is 1 minute long. A player can call for his teammate to pass him the ball or to shoot it.

There are 8 characters that the player can play as, each with a unique characteristic. They are :

Character Characteristic
Blade A crowd pleaser
Hammer Rebound king
Lewis Top shooter
Mohawk Tough & mean
Moose A real champ
Reggie All-American
Tyrone Defensive giant
Vinnie A great player


Released in May 1989.

It was one of the first sports games to gain popularity among its players. The game billed itself as a 'Basket Brawl'.

Tyrone was one of the heroes of the cartoon titled the 'Power Team'.

An Arch Rivals unit appears in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day'.


Concept and Design
Jeff Nauman
Brian Colin
Dan Forden
Brian Colin
Jeff Nauman
Hardware and Support
Glen Ship
Mark Loffredo
Al Lasko
Greg Tastad
Greg Freres
Elaine Ditton
The Doctor!
Joystick Designed by
Ken Lantz

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom (1989)
Sega Game Gear (1992)
Sega Mega Drive (1992)
Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Nintendo GameCube (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PSP (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures - Extended Play")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")
LCD handheld game (1989) : released by Acclaim.

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.