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280zzzap: MAME ROM Information.


Datsun 280 Zzzap (c) 1976 Midway.

The game is a simple black and white monochrome driving game. You control a car through a night time scene, and the road is represented by simple posts at the edges. The top of the screen will display information about upcoming curves (like the maximum safe speed to take them at), while the bottom of the screen has a speedometer, timer, scoreboard, and may also display a few tips as well. Just drive, and don't crash. Pay attention to your speed on the corners to avoid crashing.


This game came in an upright format. The cabinet was painted blue with simple striped sideart. The marquee was integrated into the monitor bezel and may bear one of three different titles (with four distinct marquees/bezels). The most common one showed a picture of a yellow Datsun 280Z and said '280 Zzzap', the other three versions had stripes that matched the side of the machine, and were labeled either 'Midnight Racer', '280 Zzzap', or 'Datsun 280 Zzzap'. This game uses a 23'' black and white television as a monitor.

Cabinet dimensions : 64 7/8'' high x 26.5'' wide x 31.5'' deep

Game ID : 610

Main CPU : 8080 (@ 1.9968 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2

Players : 1

Control : Steering wheel, Gear shift (low & high), Gas pedal


Released in November 1976.

Originally called 'Midnite Racer' when Midway acquired the right from Digital Games to create the game (January 1976). Midway released their final version 10 months after at the AMOA as 'Datsun 280 Zzzap'. Here is the reason for the game's name change : Midway came up with a marketing promotion where winners in various categories would win a Datsun 280Z. Realizing that their driving game would be a perfect tie-in, they renamed it Datsun 280 Zzzap.


Designed and programmed by : Jay Fenton, Dave Nutting


* Consoles :

Bally Astrocade (1977)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.31 [Lee Taylor]

Artwork available


- This game was initially called "Midnite Racer", but was curiously quickly changed, the reason for this is not known, perhaps it was to alike with "Night Driver".


- Racing guy graphics cut off. MASH (ID 04716)


- 0.129u6: Mr. Do added built-in layouts for Datsun 280 Zzzap.

- 8th July 2007: Mr. Do - Zorg is back in action, with a wonderful vector job for 280 Zzzap, courtesy of Italie. This also includes the dashboard piece, also from Italie, and the color overlay. All that's left for this one now is the backdrop and the car hood piece.

- 0.111u4: Changed 8080 CPU clock speed to 1996800 Hz. Removed Samples sound.

- 0.111u1: Added Samples (Invaders) sound.

- 0.37b3: Changed input to 2 buttons.

- 0.36b3: Changed description to 'Datsun 280 Zzzap'.

- 0.33b3: Changed description to '280-ZZZAP'. Renamed (zzzap) to (280zzzap). Added new cpu1 roms ($400, 1400).

- 0.31: Lee Taylor added Zzap (Midway 1976), not working.

Other Emulators:

* CottAGE

* Laser

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Romset: 6 kb / 6 files / 5.03 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="280zzzap" sourcefile="mw8080bw.c">
              <description>Datsun 280 Zzzap</description>
              <rom name="zzzaph" size="1024" crc="1fa86e1c" sha1="b9cf16eb037ada73631ed24297e9e3b3bf6ab3cd" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="zzzapg" size="1024" crc="9639bc6b" sha1="b2e2497e421e79a411d07ebf2eed2bb8dc227003" region="maincpu" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="zzzapf" size="1024" crc="adc6ede1" sha1="206bf2575696c4b14437f3db37a215ba33211943" region="maincpu" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="zzzape" size="1024" crc="472493d6" sha1="ae5cf4481ee4b78ca0d2f4d560d295e922aa04a7" region="maincpu" offset="c00"/>
              <rom name="zzzapd" size="1024" crc="4c240ee1" sha1="972475f80253bb0d24773a10aec26a12f28e7c23" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="zzzapc" size="1024" crc="6e85aeaf" sha1="ffa6bb84ef1f7c2d72fd26c24bd33aa014aeab7e" region="maincpu" offset="1400"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="8080" clock="1996800"/>
              <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="0"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="2" coins="1">
                     <control type="paddle" minimum="1" maximum="254" sensitivity="100" keydelta="10" reverse="yes"/>
                     <control type="pedal" minimum="0" maximum="15" sensitivity="100" keydelta="64"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coinage" tag="IN2" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="3"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Game Time" tag="IN2" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="60 seconds + 30 extended" value="12"/>
                     <dipvalue name="80 seconds + 40 extended" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="99 seconds + 50 extended" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="60 seconds" value="12"/>
                     <dipvalue name="80 seconds" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="99 seconds" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Test Mode" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Extended Time At" tag="IN2" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="2.00" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2.50" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="None" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Language" tag="IN2" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="English" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="German" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="French" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Spanish" value="192"/>
              <driver status="preliminary" emulation="good" color="good" sound="preliminary" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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