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Arkanoid [5 Screw]
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Console: Nintendo NES
Year: 1987
RFG ID #: U-027-S-00390-A
Part #: NES-AR-USA
UPC: 020588010031
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Taito
Genre: Action
Sub-genre: Breakout
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller or Vaus Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 48 KB x1
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Collection Stats:

  • 195 of 7622 collectors (2.5%) have this game in their collection
  • 15 of 7622 collectors (0.1%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 1 of 7622 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

If you're not familiar with Arkanoid and you call yourself a video gamer, you may want to re-think things a bit. This Breakout clone from Taito takes all of the good things about the Atari classic and improves them. Even the tight paddle control is included with the pack-in Vaus controller.

Multiple balls, "sticky" reflectors, wider reflectors, lasers, varied block formations, and more are some of the features of this game that distinguish it from the more primitive Breakout from which it draws the signature gameplay.

Arkanoid, has been released for a variety of systems, both with and without paddle controllers.

Overview from game case:

It's a real block buster!

Use your special Vaus controller to shatter the walls of the space labyrinth in 33 amazing rounds of a fight for survival!

Control the action of your adventure with the high speed controller included. Use with Arkanoid now... use with other great Taito games to come.

Extra Media:

Cartridge Back Label

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Arkanoid Taito 1986 Action
Nintendo NES U S Arkanoid [3 Screw] Taito 1987 Action
Related Games:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo SNES U S Arkanoid: Doh it Again Nintendo 1997 Action
Atari 2600 U S Breakout [Text Label] Atari 1978 Action
Atari 2600 U S Super Breakout Atari 1982 Action
Game Trivia:

  • Packaged in a larger-than average (as compared to most NES games) box because of the special Vaus controller.
  • Also released for a variety of systems, including Macintosh, Commodore 64, TRS-80, PC, and in the arcade.
  • Several sequels to Arkanoid have been released, including Arkanoid: Doh it Again on SNES and in the arcade. Arkanoid II: Revenge of Doh was also released on PC, Commodore 64, and in the arcade.
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