Ultra Machine
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd. (1967)
Production Team
Nintendo R&D1
Lead Designer
Gunpei Yokoi
Production Credits

The Ultra Machine was the first battery-operated toy developed by Nintendo. The mechanism contains a small electronic motor attached to a rotary gear that launches toy baseballs at the player. The instructions were easy, fire up the machine, and swing sway. The speed and angle at which the balls shoot towards the player can be adjusted by changing the location of the spring backwards or forwards. Nintendo and Yokoi capitalized on the popularity of baseball in Japan by selling over a million units. Several versions with small variances were released throughout the following years.

Related Series: Ulra Hand (1966)

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