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You know a story about old Atari video games has hit the mainstream when friends and family who probably haven't touched an Atari 2600 in 30 years start forwarding you news stories! That's the case with recent news being reported by the Alamogordo Daily News . A Canadian-based multimedia entertainment company by the name of Fuel Industries plans on digging up the Alamogordo landfill in New Mexico, where Atari purportedly dumped truckloads of games decades ago. The Alamogordo City Commission has given its approval to Fuel Multimedia to excavate the landfill site over a six month period. Fuel plans on creating a documentary about the Alamogordo landfill legend.
The Alamogordo Daily News reported in September 1983 that between 10 and 20 semi-trailers from an Atari facility in El Paso, Texas were buried at the landfill. The story even appeared in The New York Times, and an Atari spokesman confirmed the report. To keep people from getting their hands on this merchandise, the games were supposedly crushed and buried under concrete. Although no specific Atari merchandise was mentioned as being dumped, many reports have (perhaps erroneously) stated that upwards of 3.5 million copies of the 2600 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial may have found their way to the landfill. It's more likely that the Atari dump contains a wide variety of Atari game console and computer hardware, as well as unsold video game cartridges. If Fuel Industries is successful in their excavation, we may soon know for sure!
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AtariAge has added two new Jaguar CD titles to our online store, Jagware Collection 1.0 and Kobayashi Maru: Final. Both game feature a glass-mastered, pressed, silkscreened CD in a shrinkwrapped DVD-style case with professionally printed insert. A Jaguar CD unit is required to play both titles. You can learn more and get your copies today in the AtariAge Store.
Jagware Collection 1.0
Jagware Collection 1.0 is a collection of games from four different groups, presented by Jagware. The games included in this collection are: Do The Same from Cerebral Vortex, Diamjag by Orion, Atomic Reloaded from The Removers, and Beebris by Reboot. All four games support online scoreboards. Also included is an exclusive early look at the alpha build of Project II, an upcoming scrolling shoot'em up from Reboot.
With each team offering one of their titles, this collection is not only a great way to own some of the Jaguar's best visceral experiences, but also an opportunity to say thanks to Jaguar hardware developer SCPCD, creator of the JagCF and Jagtopus 4-cart programmer.
Kobayashi Maru: Final
Xu approached the balcony of his presidential suite in his usual calm and purposeful manner. This time was different, however. As he looked out to the stars for what was sure to be the last time, he knew he had only one card left to play and that it offered no realistic hope of success. The Ebil Alliance was determined to take the whole galaxy... their invading forces too great in number and their simultaneous attack on all four worlds impossible to defend. As he raised his finger and gestured towards the hangar below, signaling the launch of the Tetrad's prototype warp ship, he knew his coalition of the last four free worlds in the system could not hope to survive such an onslaught.
Kobayashi Maru: Final is a 50/60 fps rotary action shooter for the Atari Jaguar games console and was written utilizing a version of the new Raptor Engine by Reboot. It can be played with either a rotary controller (such as Chaos Reins, Tyrant or Jonathan Ascough pad) or a regular Jaguar joypad. As with all our other games, it's freely available for download in a number for formats to suit your setup.
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Oh No! BJ is at it again!
Will he ever learn? Better yet, will the princess? It seems like you can usually mark on the calendar when this is going to happen. Yes, once again BJ and his minions have managed to steal away the kingdom's most beloved princess and it's up to you to rescue her...again. It never fails. As par for the course, BJ will be sending out his followers to stop you from completing your task, but they can be defeated. The kingdom is filled with lots of magical stones that contain power or items that you can use along your way to help rescue the princess. Why BJ hasn't gotten rid of them by now is anyone's guess. So venture out and once again restore order to the kingdom!
Save the Princess in this familiar platform game through 16 challenging scrolling levels! Collect Power-Ups and other items to help you complete your quest while avoiding, jumping, kicking, or whatever other method to get by the boss' minions along the way. Watch out as you finish the castle stages as the ruthless boss comes in to try to do you away. Succeed and the Princess will be forever grateful.
Princess Rescue is a new 32K Atari 2600 homebrew game developed by Chris Spry. You can purchase Princess Rescue in cartridge form with a sixteen page manual from the AtariAge Store.
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Tempest for the Atari 5200 is now available for purchase from the AtariAge Store!
For 15 years, the existence of an Atari 5200 version of Tempest was thought to be only myth. No prototypes had ever surfaced. A crude 2600 version had come to light, along with a prototype box. Then, in 1999, an unfinished working 5200 prototype appeared on eBay. The game was eventually dumped and the binary freely distributed around the Internet. Another decade has gone by since the game's discovery, and the original Atari 5200 Tempest programmer, Keithen Hayenga, worked to complete Tempest so it could finally see the light of day in completed form!
Tempest 5200 includes the game cartridge with glossy label, twelve page full-color, glossy manual, professionally offset printed box using chipboard paper stock, and cartridge insert to keep the cartridge in place. Only 250 boxed copies of Tempest will be produced! After that, the game will be sold without the box. If you want a boxed copy of the game, don't wait too long!
Order Tempest for the Atari 5200 Today!
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Team Pixelboy, maker of many fine ColecoVision homebrew games, is giving ColecoVision fans a chance to order past releases which are currently sold out, namely Pitfall II Arcade, Track & Field, Destructor SCE, Circus Charlie, Star Force, Golgo 13, Ninja Princess, Bank Panic and Konami's Ping-Pong. More copies of these games will be manufactured in February 2013, but only for those who will have placed a pre-order for these games before January 31st 2013. This is a limited-time offer, and after new supplies of these games have been manufactured and sold, they will all be permanently sold out. If you're a ColecoVision fan looking to expand your collection of games, don't miss this opportunity! Visit teampixelboy.com for more information, and contact Pixelboy himself by e-mail to place your pre-order. Note that you can also send him a private message on AtariAge, but Pixelboy prefers being contacted by e-mail for matters of orders and pre-orders.
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It's been a while since we've posted news about the Atari SAP Music Archive (ASMA), but it continues to be updated on a yearly basis with new music. This year's Christmas update added 315 new Atari 8-bit tunes. The archive now consists of 4,630 songs, comprising a playing time of 7 days 18 hours 33 minutes 33 seconds. Here are some other statistics:
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The first 2013 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly has been published. This month's issue features a look at Wreck-It Ralph, the top retro games of 2012, and more. Here's what you'll find in issue #104:
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The Retro-Gaming Connexion (RGC) association is proud to announce the upcoming release of the game Another World on cartridge for the Atari Jaguar console. The iconic game, released in the early 90s, has been adapted by Sebastien Briais of the group Removers of Jagware with the blessing of the original developer, Eric Chahi. You can view a video of the game being on YouTube.
The RGC is producing the game in the truest spirit of the original Jaguar releases, in cartridge form with a box and manual. In order to fund the project through the various stages of manufacture the game is being offered by pre-order. Release of the game is currently slated for Spring 2013. Each person who reserves a copy will receive a numbered confirmation slip by e-mail. The price for Another World is 62 Euros by PayPal, and you can pre-order a copy here.
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Reboot of Jagware and RGCD are pleased to announce the release of Kobayashi Maru: Final.
Kobayashi Maru: Final is an updated and fine-tuned version of Reboot's freely-released game of a year ago. The game is based on an arcade favorite from the early 80s. Use your rotary controller (adjustable to allow for sensitivity of your particular spinner) or regular Jaguar pad to steer your warpship in this arcade space shooter, battling countless drones and huge boss craft in ever-tougher waves of attack. Featuring subtle use of the Jaguar's RMW graphics capabilities, background graphics blend together as you tear around in the upper atmosphere over four worlds.
This version of the game has updated graphics, new sound effects, webscores, and also supports Memory Track game saves. The physical copy comes cellophane wrapped in a standard DVD box with full color printed inlay and full face printed, glass-mastered CD, direct from the factory (100% professionally produced in the UK). You can purchase your copy directly from the RGCD website.
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The Christmas 2012 edition of Retrogaming Times Monthly has been published! Inside issue #103 you'll find the following articles:
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June 19, 2013
Did you know?
The name "Atari" comes from a move in the ancient game of Go, a favorite of founder Nolan Bushnell.