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tornbase: MAME ROM Information.


Tornado Baseball (c) 1976 Midway.

The game is a very simple game of baseball, 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.


Tornado Baseball came in a two tone brown upright cabinet, heavily decorated with sticker sideart of baseball players in action. The cabinet design dates itself by its straight up and down design, without a curve to be seen anywhere on the machine. The field is displayed using an open frame monitor, mirror, and a blacklight to make it seem as though the action is taking place on a picture of a baseball field that is housed inside the cabinet.

Game ID : 605

Main CPU : 8080 (@ 1.9968 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Discrete

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2

Players : 2

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

Buttons : 1


Released in July 1976. Tornado Baseball is 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 (1980)


* Consoles :

Bally Astrocade


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.31 [Lee Taylor]


- 0.117u1: Changed description to 'Tornado Baseball / Ball Park'.

- 0.111u4: Zsolt Vasvari and Derrick Renaud added partial sound emulation in Tornado Baseball. Changed 8080 CPU clock speed to 1996800 Hz. Added Discrete sound. Added dipswitches 'Enable SCORE Input', 'Cabinet' and 'Unused'.

- 0.94u3: Added new cpu1 rom ($800).

- 12th March 2005: Frank Palazzolo - I got Midway Tornado Baseball yesterday. The ROMs look intact, so hopefully this will help with the "No good dump known". The auction claimed that it didn't work when powered up, but I'm betting that's mostly due to the missing CPU chip.

- 0.37b1: Removed Invaders samples. Changed Double 8-way Joystick to 8-way.

- 0.36RC2: Marked cpu1 rom ($800) as bad. This rom fails the test. Added Invaders samples.

- 0.31: Lee Taylor added Tornado BaseBall (Midway 1976).

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* Laser

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Romset: 6 kb / 3 files / 4.43 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="tornbase" sourcefile="mw8080bw.c">
              <description>Tornado Baseball / Ball Park</description>
              <manufacturer>Midway / Taito</manufacturer>
              <rom name="tb.h" size="2048" crc="653f4797" sha1="feb4c802aa3e0c2a66823cd032496cca5742c883" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="tb.g" size="2048" crc="b63dcdb3" sha1="bdaa0985bcb5257204ee10faa11a4e02a38b9ac5" region="maincpu" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="tb.f" size="2048" crc="215e070c" sha1="425915b37e5315f9216707de0850290145f69a30" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="8080" clock="1996800"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="discrete" name="DISCRETE"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="260" height="224" refresh="59.541985" pixclock="4992000" htotal="320" hbend="0" hbstart="260" vtotal="262" vbend="0" vbstart="224" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="3" coins="1">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="IN0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="128"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coinage" tag="IN2" mask="120">
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/1 Inning" value="24"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Inning" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/2 Innings" value="56"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Inning" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/2 Innings" value="48"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/2 Innings" value="40"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Inning" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/4 Innings" value="88"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/4 Innings" value="80"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/4 Innings" value="72"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Innings" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/4 Innings" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/9 Innings" value="120"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/9 Innings" value="112"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/9 Innings" value="104"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/9 Innings" value="96"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="IN2" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="128"/>
              <dipswitch name="Enable SCORE Input" tag="ERASEDIP" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="1" default="yes"/>
              <configuration name="Cabinet" tag="CAB" mask="3">
                     <confsetting name="Upright/w One Hit Button" value="0"/>
                     <confsetting name="Upright/w P1/P2 Hit Buttons" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <confsetting name="Cocktail" value="2"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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