Lost In Translation/Sheriff

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Sheriff marquee.
No screen shot.
Sheriff control panel.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Released 1979
(2x) 8-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU 8080 (@ 2.016 MHz)
I8035 (@ 400.000 kHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
8 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 11 ROMs
11,264 bytes (11.00 KiB)
MAME ID sheriff · bandido

About The Game

Sheriff is an overhead-view, wild west themed, arcade video game shoot-em-up.

You control a sheriff who has been surrounded by bandits. You can move around in the middle of the screen, and pick off the bandits that have you circled in. The longer you play the quicker they move. Luckily you can move one direction, while firing another.


After Sheriff's release by Nintendo in 1979, it was licensed to Exidy for re-release as "Bandido" in 1980.

Sheriff was one of the last games that was designed to look like a "Bowling Alley". It has light coloured wood grain sides that actually look like they were made from the same wood as a bowling lane. They have a 'Sheriff' logo painted on the side in black, with a few graphics of Mexican bandits circling the machine near the bottom. The front of the machine has a huge coin door, and a speaker grill offset to the left of it (both of these are black). The control panel is done in red and features game instructions, start buttons for each player, and the controls. The monitor bezel goes all the way up to the top of the machine (no marquee on this title), and has a few more game instructions, some cowboy graphics, and a big 'Sheriff' logo done up to look like an American Flag. There were also two cocktail versions of this title made. The first was in a standard white topped first generation Nintendo cocktail ("Donkey Kong" used the same one with a different top). The second one was a god awful red and white contraption that looked like some sort of fantasy jukebox (this one used a smaller monitor and is fairly rare).


  1. Sheriff (1979)
  2. Sheriff 2 (1979)

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The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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