Archive for August, 2004

Atari 7800 20th Anniversary Reunion

Posted on August 19th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Atari Historian and hero of the people Curt Vendel, curator of The Atari History Museum, arranged and presented the Atari 7800 20th Anniversary Reunion at Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 on July 16, 2004. Vendel, along with eleven or so original Atari 7800 developers, presented all sorts of crazy crap at the featured Atari Museum display. Among these items were original schematics, prototype hardware, and, yes, unreleased prototype software for the Atari 7800.

Knowing Vendel, ROM dumps are forthecoming. For now check out a mirrored screenshot of the Atari 7800 version of Lucasarts’ Rescue on Fractalus, along with the opening screens of both the Temperature and Light Modules from AtariLab (whatever those are) here. As always, we’ll keep you posted when news hits.

The California Extreme Anti-Report

Posted on August 19th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

As those of you who viewed our auction might have observed, I attended this year’s California Extreme on Sunday, August 8, in San Jose. While there I got to check out some unreleased arcade games in their prototype state. Here’s a brief report:

Primal Rage 2 seemed interesting, but the joysticks were broken. Apparently it’s in MAME now, which is news to me.

Marble Madness 2: Marble Man looked like a lot of fun, with bonus games and traps not even dreamed of in the first game, but the joysticks were broken. Check out some screenshots from a private ROM dump, along with photos and lots of other information, here.

Beavis and Butthead might have been cool in co-op mode, but Butthead’s joystick was broken. Check out the screenshots I took at the show here, or take a look at some blurry shots of a later build of the game here.

And while we’re on the subject: for those of you left hanging by the ending of the original Primal Rage, this page offers a more than satisfying conclusion to the epic tale.

Atari 2600 version of Ixiom discovered

Posted on August 19th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

I have no idea how I missed this one.

Way back in May of this year, the NorthWest Classic Games Enthusiasts Expo showed off a prototype build of Sega’s Ixion for the Atari 2600. This brings the total number of discovered Ixion games to three: an Atari 8-Bit Computer and arcade version have also been found in prototype stages.

Ixion has never been commercially released on any format, although Lee Krueger of ResQSoft is looking into producing the Atari 2600 version on cartridge. We’ll keep you updated, hopefully sooner than three months after the fact. In the meantime, I’ve mirrored all of the publicized (and even one non-publicized!) screenshots of the Atari 2600 version on this page. Pardon the blurriness, Krueger saved the original emulator screenshots as JPEG-formatted images for some strange reason.

The Smartest Collector Alive

Posted on August 19th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Our “charity auction” for the

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Commemorative Magazine ended last night, with the high bid being an absolute bargain at only thirty dollars American.

The winning bidder is none other than G.I. Joe nemesis Cobra Commander, who apparently got into videogames after C.O.B.R.A. disbanded. He runs a site called PlanetNES, check it out. It’s got a pretty decent commercial archive, among other sections.

“Whether or not it’s really worth anything monatarily [sic] or not,” said Cobra Commander, in that hilariously raspy voice of his, “it’s a pretty cool thimg [sic] to have, and I’m proud to say it’s mine.”

Thanks to Cobra Commander for the money, eBay for hosting the auction, and Paypal for mysteriously charging me a buck twenty for the payment transaction.

The Rarest Thing Ever

Posted on August 11th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Those wondering about the outcome of the

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ought to check out this auction, which is for the exclusive, rare, one-of-a-kind Lost Levels One-Year Anniversary Naked Birthday Bash Commemorative Magazine!

In addition to offering the rare chance to purchase the most important item in gaming history, you also get a slight recap of the festivities!

TI-99 Funware Prototypes Unleashed!

Posted on August 6th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Good news for the piling masses of TI-99 fans out there! The TI-99/4A Videogame House, as promised in a previous news post, has released the ROM files for Ant Colony and Lobster Bay, both of which are unreleased games developed by Funware.

We reported on Lobster Bay previously. We have yet to play Ant Colony, but from screenshots, it appears to involve destroying gigantic, mutated ants in a maze-like setting.

Ah, how I long for it to be 1983 again.

Download the ROMs from their respective pages over at

Mysterious 2600 Universal Game Released

Posted on August 6th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Curt Vendel of The Atari Historical Socity has released a ROM dump of the mysterious Universal-developed prototype for the Atari 2600 that we posted about previously.

While the title remains unknown, we can confirm that this is a drag-racing game, which seems to be in an unfinished state. Options seem limited, and the sprite flicker is reported to be fairly problematic.

Read all about it, and download the ROM, in this thread at


Block Out for the NES

In which the guys who made Double Dragon and River City Ransom almost published a 3D puzzle game.

Hard Drivin' for the NES

A Q&A with the author of Tengen's surprisingly impressive attempt at putting the 3D racer on the underpowered NES.

Spotlight: Bio Force Ape

The legendary lost game from Seta has finally been found! But is this the end of Lost Levels?!

Spotlight: Star Trek V

It should come as no surprise that the worst Star Trek movie would have made the worst Star Trek game.

Review: Colors

In this exclusive Lost Levels review, we take a thorough, introspective look at Colors, the GTA-alike that would have saved the Gizmondo. SPECIAL BONUS: Sodomy inside!

Elusions: Thunder Force VI

A brief retrospective of the butt-rockingest series of shooters that ever was, and the Dreamcast sequel that wasn't.

Spotlight: Pescatore

A glitchy puzzle game with multi-colored seafood that bears more than a striking similarity to PuyoPuyo? Not very fresh.

Elusions: Final Fantasy 64

Is it possible that yet another title from this popular series has eluded fans for over a decade?

Spotlight: Bashi Bazook

We promise this is the last unreleased Jaleco game we'll ever talk about. Maybe.

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