Sky Skipper

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Sky Skipper
Sky Skipper arcade flyer Nintendo.png
Arcade flyer of Sky Skipper.
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Parker Bros.
Designer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Arcade game, Atari 2600
Release Arcade
  • JP: 1981

Atari 2600
  • NA: 1983
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Up-right, Small Up-right/Cabaret and Cocktail
CPU Z80 @ 4 MHz
Sound AY-3-8910A @ 2 MHz
Display Raster (Horizontal) standard resolution (Used: 512×448)
Screenshot of Sky Skipper (arcade version).

Sky Skipper (スカイ・スキッパー, Sukai Sukippā?) is a 1981 arcade game by Nintendo R&D1. Some sources assert that Ikegami Tsushinki also did design work on the game.[1][2][3] The game's look and feel is very similar to Popeye which was released the following year, suggesting that the same development team were involved in both releases. It was released in three types of arcade cabinets: Up-right, Small Up-right/Cabarat and Cocktail. It was later ported to the Atari 2600 by Parker Bros. in 1983. The arcade version was released only in Japan while the Atari 2600 version was released only in North America.

Today, this is a very rare cabinet, as many of the original Sky Skipper boards were converted into the better selling Popeye game. Recently,[when?] there was success in un-modding these back to the original game. The story of this project, and footage from the game is detailed here. [1] Additionally an attempt to recreate two entire cabinets(one in the UK and one in the US) using the boards is underway.[4]

Cameo appearances[edit]

The Link Menu in the Game Boy title, Game Boy Camera is decorated with the King, Queen and Club Frog from Sky Skipper. The artwork was taken from decals on the Sky Skipper arcade cabinet, as well as the arcade flyer for it.


  1. ^[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ ドンキーコング裁判についてちょこっと考えてみる Thinking a bit about Donkey Kong, accessed 2009-02-01 Archived March 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Masumi Akagi (2005). それは『ポン』から始まった : アーケードTVゲームの成り立ち (sore wa pon kara hajimatta: ākēdo terebi gēmu no naritachi) [It started from Pong]. Amusement Tsūshinsha (アミューズメント通信社, Amyūzumento Tsūshinsha?). ISBN 4-9902512-0-2.  (Japanese)
  4. ^ Sky Skipper Project

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