Lost In Translation/Datsun 280 Zzzap

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Datsun 280 Zzzap
Datsun 280 Zzzap marquee.
No screen shot.
Datsun 280 Zzzap control panel.
Manufacturer Midway
Released 1976
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 8080 (@ 1.997 MHz)
Sound CPU (?)
Raster (Horizontal)
260 x 224 pixels
59.54 Hz
2 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 6 ROMs
6,144 bytes (6.00 KiB)
MAME ID 280zzzap

About The Game

Datsun 280 Zzzap is a simple black and white monochrome driving arcade video game. You control a car through a night time scene, and the road is represented by simple posts at the edges. The top of the screen will display information about upcoming curves (like the maximum safe speed to take them at), while the bottom of the screen has a speedometer, timer, scoreboard, and may also display a few tips as well. Just drive, and don't crash. Pay attention to your speed on the corners to avoid crashing.


Released in November 1976.

Originally called 'Midnite Racer' when Midway acquired the right from Digital Games to create the game (01/1976). Midway released their final version 10 months after at the AMOA as 'Datsun 280 Zzzap'. Here is the reason for the game's name change : Midway came up with a marketing promotion where winners in various categories would win a Datsun 280Z. Realizing that their driving game would be a perfect tie-in, they renamed it Datsun 280 Zzzap.


Designed And Programmed By
Jay Fenton
Dave Nutting

Cabinet and Artwork


Bally Astrocade (1977)

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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.