Tank A 1990

Hey guys what’s up? Today I’m gonna talk about a bootleg Battle City hack called Tank A 1990, also known as 90 Tank.


90 Tank Title Screen

I’ve got this game on a couple of multicarts. The one I’ll be using is this 1999 6-in-1 cartridge.


1999 6-in-1 Multicart

For more on this multicart, you can read about it here, but moving on, we’re talking about the Battle City hack.

Well, let’s look first at who made it. It was made by a company Yanshan Software, which explains the “©YS 1990” on the title screen. Yanshan made several Battle City hacks in the 1990s, and they are very common on multicarts. Tank A 1990 is the most common one. Maybe if I get some more I can write about them. They have new levels, new power ups, and more. These hacks were very popular in China and other countries where famiclones were widespread.

UPDATE: I got another Battle City hack from Yanshan Software called Future Tank. I wrote about it a little here.

Here’s the goal of Tank A 1990. You’re a tank, and you’re guarding some eagle statue thing. I’m sure that there’s some backstory for what the eagle is and why you’re guarding it, but I’m too lazy to go try and figure out what it is. Whatever, you’re guarding it. There’s also a bunch of other tanks that want to kill you and the eagle statue. If they shoot you, you lose a life. If you lose all your lives, it’s game over. It’s also game over if the enemy tanks destroy the eagle statue. You can hide under bushes, you can shoot bricks to make a path, and you can shoot enemy tanks. There are blocks you can’t break, and there is water that you can shoot through but can’t go through. You can get power-ups that let you shoot faster, destroy all the enemy tanks at once, break the blocks, go over water, and more.

Some of the enemy tanks are faster than others, and some of them take more than one shot to beat. You are the slowest kind of tank, and it only takes one shot to kill you. If this eagle statue is so important, the guy in charge of it is being an idiot to only have one tank guarding it. Maybe there’s some backstory for that, but I dunno.

Oh, and also it has a level editor.

Here’s some screenshots of Tank A 1990:

Level 1:

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.38.58 PM

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.38.13 PM

Level 2:

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.54.15 PM

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.55.06 PM

Level 3:

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.56.06 PM

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 5.56.47 PM

Here’s a video of some gameplay:

If you want to play this game yourself, it’s VERY common on multicarts. Also the game isn’t always called Tank A 1990. Sometimes it’s called 90 Tank, Great Tank, Tank A, and a lot of other names, probably. You could also play it on an emulator if you want.

Alright, that’s Tank A 1990. That’s it for now guys, bye.



Leave a comment


  1. The Power Joy Classic TV Game II | The Famiclone Blog
  2. The Game Prince RS-1, Part 2 | The Famiclone Blog
  3. Yanshan Software’s Battle City hacks. | The Famiclone Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: