Lost In Translation/Tank Battalion

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Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion marquee.
No screen shot.
Tank Battalion control panel.
Manufacturer Namco
Released 1980
4-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU M6502 (@ 1.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
65 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 6 ROMs
10,496 bytes (10.25 KiB)
MAME ID tankbatt

About The Game

Tank Battalion is a multi-directional arcade video game shoot-em-up.

The player, controlling a tank, must destroy 20 enemy tanks in each level, which enter the play-field from the top of the screen. The enemy tanks attempt to destroy the player's base (represented on the map as an eagle), as well as the player's tank. A level is completed when the player destroys all 20 enemy tanks, but the game ends if the player's base is destroyed or the player loses all his lives.


Released in October 1980.

Tank Battalion is the first war game from Namco.

A Tank Battalion unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Jekyll & Hyde... Together Again'.


  1. Tank Battalion (1980)
  2. Vs. Battle City (1985)
  3. Tank Force (1991)

Cabinet and Artwork


Emerson Arcadia (1982, "Tanks A Lot")
MSX (1984)
PC [Windows, CD-ROM] (1997, Namco History Vol.2")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Namco Arcade 80's SCDC-00272[1] 2003-05-21 Scitron Discs CD version.


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.