Xybots (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Tengen, Inc.

Xybots is a 1987 third-person shooter arcade game by Atari Games. In Xybots, up to two players control "Major Rock Hardy" and "Captain Ace Gunn", who must travel through a 3D maze and fight against a series of robots known as the Xybots whose mission is to destroy all mankind. The game features a split screen display showing the gameplay on the bottom half of the screen and information on player status and the current level on the top half. Designed by Ed Logg, it was originally conceived as a sequel to his previous title, Gauntlet. The game was well received, with reviewers lauding the game's various features, particularly the cooperative multiplayer aspect. Despite this, it was met with limited financial success, which has been attributed to its unique control scheme that involves rotating the joystick to turn the player character.

Xybots was ported to various personal computers and the Atari Lynx handheld. Versions for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive were announced, but never released. Emulated versions of the arcade game were later released as part of various compilations, starting with Midway Arcade Treasures 2 in 2004.

The NES version is done by only four people who worked at Atari/Tengen: Lisa Ching for programming, Kris Moser and Mark West for the graphics, and Brad Fuller for audio.


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The title screen.

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Even though this is a very unfinished game, Brad Fuller did a good job composing the game's music. He rearranged a single track from the arcade version, which was originally done by Hal Canon and Brad Fuller, and then implemented, first on sheet music paper, then into Music-V Language. Even though the game has credits over the title screen, just like the arcade original, they used the first initial and last names on the screen on the NES, rather than using the full names on the arcade version, due to there not being enough space.

  1. NTSC (Japan/USA)
  2. PAL (Europe)


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen / Instructions Hal Canon, Brad FullerBrad Fuller 1:08
# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
201 Title Screen / Instructions Hal Canon, Brad FullerBrad Fuller 1:20



Game Rip




Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the NES's RP2A03.


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Title: Xybots
Platform: NES
Released: Unreleased
Publisher: Tengen, Inc.