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Tank Battalion (Japanese: タンクバタリアン, Hepburn: Tanku Batarian) is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. The only direct home conversion is for the MSX, and in 1985 a similar game release is Battle City for the Family Computer. Tank Battalion received a sequel called Tank Force, for arcades in 1991.

Tank Battalion
  • JP: Namco
  • NA: GamePlan
Designer(s)Shinichirou Okamoto[1]
Programmer(s)Kazukuni Hiraoka[1]
Platform(s)Arcade, MSX, VIC-20
  • JP: October 1980
  • NA: 1981
  • JP: August 30, 1984
Genre(s)Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns
CabinetUpright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade systemNamco Warp & Warp
CPUMOS 6502 @ 1 MHz
DisplayVertical orientation, Raster, 224 × 256 resolution


The player, controlling a tank, must destroy twenty enemy tanks in each round, which enter the playfield 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 tank itself. A round is cleared when the player destroys all twenty enemy tanks, but the game ends if the player's base is destroyed or he runs out of lives.


  1. ^ a b Szczepaniak, John (11 August 2014). The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers (Firstition ed.). p. 201. ISBN 978-0992926007. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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