Lost In Translation/Tornado Baseball

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Tornado Baseball
Tornado Baseball marquee.
No screen shot.
Tornado Baseball control panel.
Manufacturer Midway / Taito
Released 1976
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 8080 (@ 1.997 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Horizontal)
260 x 224 pixels
59.54 Hz
Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 3 ROMs
6,144 bytes (6.00 KiB)
MAME ID tornbase

About The Game

Tornado Baseball, as its names implies, is a arcade video baseball game implemented with stick figures.

The game is very simple in terms of rules, and anybody can pick up on how to play fairly quickly. This is a two player only title, with both people playing for a single quarter. The pitching player selects his pitch with one joystick, while moving his outfielders with a second one. The batting player only has a single button (that is a 'swing' button). Both players use the same set of controls, so they must switch spots in front of the machine midway through each inning. You get a four inning game for one quarter, although that number can be adjusted by the game operator.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick (pitching team), joystick 2-way (the outfielders)

Buttons : 1


One of the first arcade baseball titles to try and put a lot of players on the field at once.

The technique of using mirrored-in graphics in the game was the work of Dave Nutting. The game was designed for Midway by Dave Nutting Associates.

A Tornado Baseball cabinet can be seen in the 2004 film "Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Christina Applegate.


  1. Tornado Baseball (1976)
  2. Extra Inning (1978)
  3. Extra Bases [Upright model] (1980)
    Extra Bases [Cocktail Table model] (1980)

Cabinet and Artwork


Bally Astrocade

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