Ball

 

Ball (1st Issue)

Front
AC-01_Front1.jpg (152561 bytes)

Back
AC-01_Back1.jpg (113971 bytes)

Sides
AC-01_Side1.jpg (36771 bytes)

AC-01_Edge1.jpg (22463 bytes)

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Ball (2nd Issue)

Front
AC-01_Front2.jpg (129776 bytes)

Back
AC-01_Back2.jpg (81010 bytes)

Sides
AC-01_Side2.jpg (31149 bytes)

AC-01_Edge2.jpg (18185 bytes)

General:

Date of Release: 28th April 1980

Model Nr: AC-01
Acronym: ACtion
Rating: DC3V 0.0002W
Battery: LR43 (or SR43) x 2
Manufactured: Japan
Sold: Less than 250,000 Worldwide
Nr. of players: 1
Lives: 1
Modes: Game A & Game B
Controls: Left & Right button controlling jugglers arms
Other Buttons: Game A, Game B, Time & ACL

Game-Play:

It features a Juggler and you control his arms by moving them right or left. Your object is to position the hands under the balls so that they stay in the air.

Game differences:

In Game A you have 2 balls and are awarded 1 point for every catch, and in Game B you have 3 Balls and are awarded 10 points for every catch.

Trivia:

Ball was the first Game and Watch made. There was also a Mego/Time-Out version called Toss-Up that was only launched in the USA.

Highest possible score is 9,999 in Game A and 9,990 in Game B. 

Cheats and tricks:

Remember that the speed of the ball decreases every 100 points before gradually increasing in speed again.

 This might be a good time for a little breather. At high ambient temperature you might experience the balls overlapping when the speed has built up.

Points:

1 point for every ball caught in Game A and 10 points for every ball caught in Game B.

Misses:

Here you only have one chance. If you fail to catch a ball, it cracks and the game ends.

Other notices:

If you hold in Game A or Game B key the highest previous score will be displayed. If the unit is left as it is after game is over, time display will appear in about five minutes. A game is not interrupted even if TIME key or other game keys are depressed during game playing. Pressing ACL switch or removing batteries erases high score from memory.

 

 

 

Game (1st Issue)

Statistics

Front
AC-01_Game_Front1.JPG (60151 bytes)

Back
AC-01_Game_Back1.JPG (63906 bytes)

 

Game (2nd Issue)

Front
AC-01_Game_Front2.JPG (63417 bytes)

Back
AC-01_Game_Back2.JPG (60736 bytes)

Dimension:

 

95 mm (W)
63 mm (H)
11.5 mm (D)

 

Net Weight:

 

51g (Including Batteries)

 

Accuracy of Clock:

 

Average daily differential within +/- 3 secs. (under normal temperature)

 

Working Temperature:

 

10C - 40C (50F - 104F)

 

Life of the Battery:

 

Approx. 6 months

 

Alarm-Set Sign:

 

N/A

 

Alarm-On Sign:

 

N/A

 

Hi-Score:

 

Game A - 9,112 by Badoshin
Game B - 3,970 by Badoshin

To see the high scores please go HERE

 

Issue Differences (click to enlarge pictures)

The table will show how to tell the different Issues that were made:

Box

Issue 1

Issue 2

     
Front 'BALL' in black letters and white background. White border around game and text. 'BALL' in white letters and black background. No border.
Back White border around box. White Pat P. Black Pat P.
Side White border around box and text. No border.
Edge White border around box and text. No border.
Inside flap Serial nr. matching game serial nr. Serial nr. matching game serial nr.
     

Game

   
     
Serial nr. 007..... 012.....
Data on back    
Alarm & ACL    
     

Instructions

   
     
Japanese Instructions AC-01_Page15J_old.jpg (198772 bytes)
3 games ad
AC-01_Page15J.jpg (220567 bytes)
4 games ad

The battery covers seem to have a number on the back, but they seem to vary a lot and I won't even speculate what the difference is.

 

Box Variations (Click to enlarge):

CGL Futuretronics
AC_01_Front_CGL.jpg (104729 bytes) AC_01_Back_CGL.jpg (103404 bytes)

 

 

N/A

 

Pocketsize Ji21
 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

tric O tronic VideoPoche
AC-01_Front_TricO.jpg (104060 bytes) AC-01_Back_TricO.jpg (127209 bytes)

 

 

N/A

 

Mego/Time-Out Carded
AC-01_Front_Time.jpg (74701 bytes) AC-01_Back_Time.jpg (91408 bytes)

 

 

N/A

 

Mini Classic French
 

N/A

 

AC-01_Front_French.jpg (159260 bytes) AC-01_Back_French.jpg (121051 bytes)

 

 

 

Game Variations:

CGL Futuretronics
AC-01_Game_CGL_Front.JPG (63191 bytes) AC-01_Game_CGL_Back.JPG (63144 bytes)

 

 

N/A

 

Toss-Up (1st Issue) Toss-Up (2nd Issue)
AC-01_Game_Front_Mego.JPG (61863 bytes) AC-01_Game_Back_Mego.JPG (63982 bytes)

No Mego Label
Serial #00014441 to 00031180

AC-01_Game_Front2_Mego.JPG (64818 bytes) AC-01_Game_Back2_Mego.JPG (62959 bytes)

Mego Label
Serial #00038386 to ?

 

Battery Cover

Front

 

Back

Ball_AC-01_BC_Front.JPG (61182 bytes)
Click to enlarge
Ball_AC-01_BC_Back.JPG (51289 bytes)
Click to enlarge

 

Shipping Box:

Picture Wanted
Fits 10 games

 

Instructions (English):

Ball_AC-01_Page1.jpg (55366 bytes)

Ball_AC-01_Page2-3.jpg (103169 bytes)
Page 1                                                     Page 2
Ball_AC-01_Page4-5.jpg (109530 bytes)
Page 3                                                     Page 4
Ball_AC-01_Page6-7.jpg (95716 bytes)
Page 5                                                     Page 6
Ball_AC-01_Page8.jpg (42463 bytes)
Back

 

Instructions (Japanese):

Ball_AC-01_Page1J.jpg (70068 bytes)

Ball_AC-01_Page2J-3J.jpg (148262 bytes)
Index                                                      Page 1
Ball_AC-01_Page4J-5J.jpg (129461 bytes)
Page 2                                                   Page 3
Ball_AC-01_Page6J-7J.jpg (152085 bytes)
Page 4                                                    Page 5
Ball_AC-01_Page8J-9J.jpg (146307 bytes)
Page 6                                                    Page 7
Ball_AC-01_Page10J-11J.jpg (134590 bytes)
Page 8                                                    Page 9
Ball_AC-01_Page12J-13J.jpg (141805 bytes)
Page 10                                                Page 11
Ball_AC-01_Page14J-15J.jpg (170113 bytes)
Page 12                                                Page 13
Ball_AC-01_Page16J.jpg (65631 bytes)
Back

 

Instruction Variations:

Ji21 tricOtronic
 

N/A

 

AC-01_Page1_TricO.jpg (53575 bytes) AC-01_Page8_TricO.jpg (57861 bytes)

 

VideoPoche Time-Out
 

N/A

 

AC-01_Page1_Time.jpg (40381 bytes) AC-01_Page8_Time.jpg (60346 bytes)

 

English (for the Japanese sold games) CSA (French)

 

Other Paperwork: