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Kitronix - New Zealand Arcade Games

Kitronix (Kitset Electronics Limited) were a New Zealand electronics company who designed and built Arcade games in Auckland in the late 1970's/early 1980's.

Unlike most New Zealand Arcade Manufacurers of the time who relied on imported game PCBs, for at least some of the games they sold, Kitronix not only manfactured the cabinets locally
but they also produced the PCBs locally and in some cases they also programmed the games themselves.

Kitronix also were involved with TV Game manufacture/marketing and sold a console (badged with the Kitronix name) that was identical to the Sportronic. Kitronix are believed to have picked up & on sold some of Sportronic's assets once Sportronic's folded.

Known Kitronix Arcade Games

  • Ping Pong - name unconfirmed
  • "G P Racer" / "Grand Prix Racer" - Black & White Racing Game, Uses Discrete logic (no processor) so unemulatable. A 2 player version also exists(side by side, 2 steering wheels)
  • "Game Name Unknown" - Lightgun (Trap?) Shooting Game
  • Malzak - Scramble clone (poorly emulated in Mame)
  • Malzak II - An "upgrade" to Malzak that offered a different (harder?) landscape. (poorly emulated in Mame)
  • Galactic Invaders
  • Panix (exact spelling unconfirmed) - believed to be a "Space Panic" clone

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Malzak Cabinet


Closeup of Malzak control panel.




Malzak Screenshots
Note: These screenshots are from the Malzak ROMS running emulated on a PC using MAME

NOT from a real cabinet - the colours are not correct.

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"Malzak II" PCB
Processor: Signetics S2650,
Video Chipset Signetics: S2636,

Character Set Generator: SAA 5050


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"Malzak" & "Galactic Invaders" game headers.



Gutted "Galactic Invaders" Cabinets in storage.



GP Racer

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As far as I tell GP Racer is a copy of Atari's Gran Trak 10(1974)
The games scoring card and the instructions are 100% identical to those that appear on the original Atari release.
The board however, is completely "Kitronix" made and it appears they may have reverse engineered the Atari game.




Unusually Kitronix have built the games B&W Monitor circuitry directly into the main PCB
(Note, the LOPT (Line Output Transformer) located in the upper left of the PCB)