Dig Dug was manufactured in three different cabinet designs: a standard/upright, a mini cabaret, and a cocktail version.
There is a significant backstory to the origin of the main character's name. While his general name is "Dig Dug", he is also called Taizo Hori and is the father of Susumu Hori, the main character in the Mr. Driller series. He is also the ex-husband of Toby "Kissy" Masuyo, the heroine of the game Baraduke, otherwise known as Alien Sector. His name is a pun on the Japanese phrase "Horitai zo" which translates to "I want to dig!"
Dig Dug runs on three ZiLOG Z80 central processing units, each clocked at 3.072 MHz. One Namco WSG chip is used for sound, also clocked at 3.072 MHz. The screen display is vertical orientation using raster graphics with a 224 x 288 resolution.
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