Re: [stella] Infogrames considers Atari 2600 B-Side release!

Subject: Re: [stella] Infogrames considers Atari 2600 B-Side release!
From: Rob <kudla@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 23:44:19 -0400
At 08:51 AM 6/6/01 -0700, Glenn Saunders wrote:
>Radar Lock (flicker might not look good on LCD, though)

Actually, I'd think the LCD would be better for flicker than the CRT,
unless the GBA's has spectacularly low latency.

I gotta think someone will port Stella or something like it to the GBA (and
in the RAM carts already available you can easily fit an emulator and every
2600 binfile ever made) but that didn't stop Activision from doing their
emulator projects for the PC.  Knowing the GBA emulation scene as it exists
already, someone would probably hack any commercially released emulator
pack to play arbitrary games of the same size anyway.  So bring it on ;)

I second the votes for Adventure and Haunted House.  Now, what about
Solaris?  Maybe that one's not retro enough ;)

There were a number of arcade ports Atari released themselves that aren't
really candidates for single-game release.  These include things like
Berzerk, Battlezone (though with the revisionist PC versions I could see
them doing a 'classic' GBA version as they did with Centipede and Frogger
for the GBC,) Crazy Climber, Crystal Castles, Defender/Stargate, Dig Dug
(though that exists as a single release for the old GB,) Food Fight,
Gravitar, Joust, Kangaroo, Moon Patrol, Night Driver, Pengo, Phoenix
(released as a bootleg demo for the GBC), Sinistar, Space War, Vanguard,
Venture, Warlords (link game!), and Zaxxon.  The trouble is, ALL of these
games would be better served by straight GBA ports rather than inferior (by
1982 standards) versions played under emulation.  And of course, many of
them have their own licensing issues (I see Williams, Taito, Stern and Sega
games in there.)  Even Yar's Revenge was released as a very slightly
enhanced GBC game, and it sold.

I gotta think they'll go more for things like Dodge 'Em, Outlaw and
Surround.  Make them link games somehow and people might actually go for
it.  Maybe they should throw Atari Space Invaders on there just to sell the
thing, seeing as how it had such a different feel than the arcade or
revisionist versions!  

Hell, a linked version of Combat would probably sell it based on nostalgia
value alone.  Ditto Air/Sea Battle, Circus Atari (uh, except for the paddle
thing), and Canyon Bomber.  We were still playing those in 1981 for some
reason.  Video games were something you played with your sibs and friends
back then, something that's been mostly lost in emulation.  The GBA could
correct that in some small way, though not necessarily with a product like


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