Datsun 280 ZZZAP

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Datsun 280 ZZZAP
Datsun 280 ZZZAP
In-game screenshot
Developer(s) Dave Nutting Associates
Publisher(s) Midway Manufacturing[1]
Designer(s) Jay Fenton,[1] Dave Nutting[1]
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Arcade racing[1]
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Intel 8080-based hardware
Display Raster; standard resolution 256 x 224 (Horizontal)

Datsun 280 ZZZAP, also released unbranded as Midnight Racer[2] is an early racing arcade game by Midway designed by Jay Fenton.


The title was named after the US advertising campaign for the Datsun 280Z. Players can drive up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) while navigating a tricky road course at night. Players must watch out for treacherous turns, nasty competitors, and the ever-present time limit.

It is one of the earliest games, if not the earliest, with authorized branding.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Datsun 2800 ZZZAP at GameFAQs
  2. ^ a b Bogost, Ian (2007). Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames. MIT Press. p. 200. ISBN 9780262026147.