Kangaroo to JAMMA Adapter

Description

Kangaroo was manufactured by Sun Electronics and distributed by Atari. During a period dominated by Pacman, Donkey Kong and games of similar nature, Atari was feeling left out without a platform game of their own. They looked at games that were already being developed externally, and eventually decided to license Kangaroo in order to compete in that market.

While not exactly an instant classic, Kangaroo gameplay was decent and quite original. The decision Atari made to license the game proved to be a good one, as Kangaroo ended up being quite popular and sold well.

This game is similar to other Sun Electronics games like Funky Fish, but unfortunately the pinout is an unusual 2 edge connector configuration unique only to this game. As a result, Kangaroo is one of the very few popular arcade games of that period with a unique pinout.

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Included power / video cable connects to the bottom board.

Pinout

This adapter follows the following pinout scheme:

Main Connector
SOLDER SIDE PARTS SIDE
+12V +12V
+5V +5V
+5V +5V
GND GND
GND GND
GND GND
NC NC
SPK+ COUNT2
COUNT1 NC
NC NC
NC NC
NC NC
P2B1 P2DOWN
P2UP P2LEFT
P2RIGHT TEST
NC NC
1PB1 P1DOWN
P1UP P1LEFT
P1RIGHT NC
TBLGND NC
COIN2 COIN1
P2START P1START
Video Connector
SOLDER SIDE PARTS SIDE
-5V -5V
+12V +12V
+5V +5V
GND GND
GND GND
GND GND
VSYNC VSYNC
VBLUE VBLUE
VGREEN VGREEN
VRED VRED

(PCB edge connector facing away, list is ordered right to left)

Compatible Games

This is the list of compatible games that can be used with this adapter:

The adapter has been tested with a genuine Kangaroo board. This adapter is not compatible with bootleg Kangaroo pcbs which have a different pinout.

There is apparently an earlier version of the game, running on Sun Electronics 1981 hardware (Funky Fish?) that doesn’t use edge connectors. This adapter is not compatible with this version.

Revision History:

Rev 1.0: Initial Design.

Specifications

Board Size: 45mm x 112mm
Current Carrying Capacity: 5V – 12A, 12V – 5A, -5V – 5A