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HOW MANY ATARI 2600 GAMES ARE THERE? ANSWER: 469

Posted by IHATETHEBEARS, 12 January 2009 · 8,959 views

When I was a kid growing up, there was always a rumor of someone that someone's else's cousin knew, who had a next-door neighbor that had EVERY single Atari game. In my neighborhood, we actually had someone closer. My nerdy friend Brian had somehow befriended a 38-year-old man named John. John had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair - an electric wheelchair. He was a well-known figure around town. So I knew exactly who he was talking about.

It was the summer of 1983 when I first met John. Atari was still in full swing. And Brian told me that John was willing to sell me his INDY 500 for $25.00. I was really into Atari games (more so than the other companies) and was more than happy to snatch up a game that I had been unable to find in the store. Speaking of that, am I the only one who simply couldn't find certain games? I wanted the Atari brand games more than any other. But there were certain games that I NEVER found for sale in the stores - games like INDY 500, FLAG CAPTURE, BLACKJACK, VIDEO CHESS, not to mention every single keyboard controller game.

So anyway, the first time I went to John's house, I scanned his collection and found that although he had more games than I had (the only person I'd ever met who did) he had maybe 50-60 games. That was an impressive total, no doubt. But based on what I know today, that only represents about 15% of all the available games. Holy crap!

15% you say? Does anyone look at that figure and laugh? Ask 20 hardcore users on this board how many games there are, and you'll get 20 different answers. And who's to say that any of them are wrong? I think it's safe to say that each user has their own definition of what constitutes a "game" - what they would need to obtain in order to have a complete collection. When I first discovered this forum three months ago, I searched the forums for an answer. And I saw figures ranging from 500 to 7000. Woah! When I stopped buying Atari games (back around 1985 or so) my total had reached 153. I thought my total was awesome at the time. But again, based on what I know today...

So then came October, 2008. For reasons known and unknown, I somehow got hooked on Atari again. I then entered the world of collecting. And being a former collector of vintage Star Wars toys (of which I have everything) I decided I wanted to own a copy of every game. So I began to research the matter and figure out just how many games existed.

I soon discovered there are an endless amount of theories as to this question. Do you include alternate titles? Do you count the Sears versions? What about prototypes? What about PAL games? And good lord, what about label variations? Where does it end? Where do you draw the line?

So what are my parameters? I decided to limit my definition of a game to represent unique individual games that were released in North America as NTSC games between 1977 and 1992, and are available to be purchased on various auction websites or can be dowloaded to play on your computer today.

So what does that all mean? That means you won't find the Sears games on my list. My list has SLOT RACERS, but does not include MAZE. You'll find BASIC MATH, but won't find FUN WITH NUMBERS. You won't find GAMMA ATTACK or DONALD DUCK'S SPEEDBOAT. You won't find MY GOLF.

What about Zellers games? Nope. They're just knock-offs of other games with perhaps slightly-altered graphics. They are not orginal! Well... except for CHALLENGE and TIME WARP. Those were apparently original PAL games. But since they were released in North America as NTSC games, I added them. For the same reason, I added Puzzy's SEAMONSTER.

How about Panda games? You won't find HARBOR ESCAPE as it's simply a hack of RIVER RAID. But you will find its original game DICE PUZZLE. But you won't find its other original game SCUBA DIVER. Why? Because I included it under the Froggo games. And yes, I know that Froggo didn't release any original games.

I'm sure I'm not 100% consistent with my list. For instance, I do include ATLANTIS II and PEPSI INVADERS - which are basically hacks. But they were "official" hacks released back in the day by the respective companies that made the orginal game they were hacked from. Who cares anyway. This is my list and I think they belong!

I believe this list covers all the games that were released "back in the day." And I don't believe there are any duplicates on the list. If you think there's a missing game, it's most likely because I have it listed under an alternate title for a different company.

I feel I need to mention three other titles. For starters, there is the game BOBBY IS GOING HOME. This is an original PAL-only game released by Bit Corporation. However, one of the users on this board actually found an NTSC version of the game - also released by Bit Corporation. This makes absolutely no sense. But nontheless, it apparently exists. I'm chalking that up to a total fluke. How it happened is a mystery. The bottom line is, I'm not including it. After all, the game wasn't released in Norh America.

Then there are the stories of BIRTHDAY MANIA and RED SEA CROSSING. The former was available as a personalized mail-order game. The latter was apparently a religious game that found its way into some religious bookstores and such. To date, only one copy of each has surfaced. And their respective owners have chosen not to release the roms. So since they're not available to be downloaded, I'm not including them either. If it's impossible to have a complete collection without them, then they don't belong. As for GAMMA ATTACK, there doesn't seem to be a consensus as to whether or not it was ever released, or whether the one and only known copy to exist is in fact a prototype.

My thanks to Romhunter and the incredible database on his Atarimania website. And my thanks to him personally for answering several questions I asked of him.

So here we go. Here's my list. As far as I'm concerned there are 418 Atari 2600 games. That's what I said - 418. That's my story. And I'm sticking to it. Enjoy the list. And if you find an error or feel I need to add something, please let me know.
 
 
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                  **********************        UPDATE 3/25/2014        **********************  
 
 
 
Well it’s been a little over five years since I created the list of 418 titles below. And a few things have changed since then. I’ve decided to add GAMMA-ATTACK to the list, as it’s now generally accepted that this game was in fact released, and not a prototype. I’ve also added RED SEA CROSSING since a ROM was finally made available. A run of reproduction cartridges was made. I’m not sure if the ROM is publically available for anyone to download. But cartridges were made. And they are out there. And lastly the game EXTRA TERRESTRIALS was discovered in Canada. That ROM is readily available. The only known released game that has yet to see the light of day is BIRTHDAY MANIA. Therefore I won’t include that on the update. So the number of NTSC released games in North America now stands at 421.
 
But what about the games that weren’t released in North America? Were there original games released in other countries? The answer is yes. And I’ve decided to finally include those as well. Like the North American games, a lot of these games were also released by various other companies in other countries. Some were pirated and put out under a different name. Some were slightly hacked and released with subtle differences. There are also catalogs that mention other games – games that have yet to be discovered. So it’s entirely possible that those games never existed. Or perhaps they do exist. But since they’re unknown, I did not include them here. So you won’t find games like BIRD POWER or LOCOMOTIVE on this list.
 
The American company Zimag took four games from overseas and sold them in America. Four additional games were apparently in the planning stages, as NTSC prototypes for each have been found. But since they were never released in North America, they weren’t included in my original list. But since they were released in other countries, I’ve included them here. I’ve also included games from Atari in which NTSC prototypes have been discovered for games that actually had PAL releases in other countries.
 
There are eight other games which I believe were original PAL games released overseas. Those games are CHALLENGE, DANCING PLATE, OPEN SESAME, PHANTOM TANK, SEA MONSTER, SPACE TUNNEL, SPIDER MAZE and TIME WARP. But they are not included on this new list because they actually did get a North American release (sometimes under alternate titles) and were included on my original list.
 
I’ve included the game WORDS-ATTACK, of which only one cartridge has been found. There’s a thought that the game may be an unfinished prototype since there is apparently a lot of unused space on it that could have been used. But no one knows for sure. And the cartridge has a finished label on it. So it’s included.
 
In a couple of cases I’ve put an alternate title in parenthesis. This is because it’s more commonly known by another title. For instance the game FIREBUG was released by Suntek. But it’s more commonly known by its NTSC prototype name of SPINNING FIREBALL. So if you’re looking for the ROM for this game, you’ll probably have more success finding it under the latter name.
 
My thanks again to Rom Hunter and his incredible database at ATARIMANIA.COM for his help. If I’ve missed anything, please let me know. My goal is to simply have a cartridge of every game, so I can play it at home. If there’s something I’m missing, I want to know!
 
So there you go. With the additional 48 titles, the final Atari 2600 game list stands at 469 unique games. That’s my story. And I’m sticking to it! For now anyway…
 
ATARI
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1. ADVENTURE
2. AIR-SEA BATTLE
3. ALPHA BEAM WITH ERNIE
4. ASTEROIDS
5. ATARI VIDEO CUBE (RUBIK’S CUBE)
6. BACKGAMMON
7. BASIC MATH (FUN WITH NUMBERS)
8. BASIC PROGRAMMING
9. BASKETBALL
10. BATTLEZONE
11. BERZERK
12. BIG BIRD’S EGG CATCH
13. BLACKJACK
14. BOWLING
15. BRAIN GAMES
16. BREAKOUT
17. CANYON BOMBER
18. CASINO
19. CENTIPEDE
20. CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER (PELE’S SOCCER)
21. CIRCUS ATARI
22. CODEBREAKER
23. COMBAT
24. COOKIE MONSTER CRUNCH
25. CRAZY CLIMBER
26. CROSSBOW
27. CRYSTAL CASTLES
28. DARK CHAMBERS
29. DEFENDER
30. DEMONS TO DIAMONDS
31. DESERT FALCON
32. DIG DUG
33. DODGE ‘EM
34. DOUBLE DUNK
35. E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
36. FLAG CAPTURE
37. FOOTBALL
38. GALAXIAN
39. GAME OF CONCENTRATION (HUNT & SCORE)
40. GOLF
41. GRAVITAR
42. GREMLINS
43. HANGMAN
44. HAUNTED HOUSE
45. HOME RUN
46. HUMAN CANNONBALL
47. IKARI WARRIORS
48. INDY 500
49. JOUST
50. JR. PAC-MAN
51. JUNGLE HUNT
52. KANGAROO
53. KRULL
54. MARIO BROS.
55. MATH GRAN PRIX
56. MAZE CRAZE
57. MIDNIGHT MAGIC
58. MILLIPEDE
59. MINIATURE GOLF
60. MISSILE COMMAND
61. MOON PATROL
62. MOTORODEO
63. MS. PAC-MAN
64. NIGHT DRIVER
65. OBELIX
66. OFF THE WALL
67. OSCAR’S TRASH RACE
68. OTHELLO
69. OUTLAW
70. PAC-MAN
71. PENGO
72. PEPSI INVADERS
73. PHOENIX
74. PIGS IN SPACE
75. POLE POSITION
76. QUADRUN
77. RADAR LOCK
78. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
79. REAL SPORTS BASEBALL
80. REAL SPORTS BOXING
81. REAL SPRTS FOOTBALL
82. REAL SPORTS SOCCER
83. REAL SPORTS TENNIS
84. REAL SPORTS VOLLEYBALL
85. ROAD RUNNER
86. SECRET QUEST
87. SENTINEL
88. SKY DIVER
89. SLOT MACHINE
90. SLOT RACERS
91. SNOOPY AND THE RED BARON
92. SOLARIS
93. SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
94. SPACE INVADERS
95. SPACE WAR
96. SPRINTMASTER
97. STAR RAIDERS
98. STAR SHIP
99. STARGATE (DEFENDER II)
100. STREET RACER
101. SUPER BASEBALL
102. SUPER BREAKOUT
103. SUPER FOOTBALL
104. SUPERMAN
105. SURROUND
106. SWORDQUEST EARTHWORLD
107. SWORDQUEST FIREWORLD
108. SWORDQUEST WATERWORLD
109. TAZ
110. 3-D TIC-TAC-TOE
111. TRACK & FIELD
112. VANGUARD
113. VIDEO CHECKERS
114. VIDEO CHESS
115. VIDEO OLYMPICS
116. VIDEO PINBALL
117. WARLORDS
118. XENOPHOBE
119. YAR’S REVENGE


ACTIVISION
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120. BARNSTORMING
121. BEAMRIDER
122. BOXING
123. BRIDGE
124. CHECKERS
125. CHOPPER COMMAND
126. COMMANDO
127. COSMIC COMMUTER
128. CRACKPOTS
129. DECATHLON
130. DOLPHIN
131. DOUBLE DRAGON
132. DRAGSTER
133. ENDURO
134. FISHING DERBY
135. FREEWAY
136. FROSTBITE
137. GHOSTBUSTERS
138. GRAND PRIX
139. H.E.R.O.
140. ICE HOCKEY
141. KABOOM!
142. KEYSTONE KAPERS
143. KUNG FU MASTER
144. LASER BLAST
145. MEGAMANIA
146. OINK
147. PITFALL!
148. PITFALL II LOST CAVERNS
149. PLAQUE ATTACK
150. PRESSURE COOKER
151. PRIVATE EYE
152. RAMPAGE
153. RIVER RAID
154. RIVER RAID II
155. ROBOT TANK
156. SEAQUEST
157. SKIING
158. SKY JINX
159. SPACE SHUTTLE
160. SPIDER FIGHTER
161. STAMPEDE
162. STARMASTER
163. TENNIS


IMAGIC
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164. ATLANTIS
165. ATLANTIS II
166. COSMIC ARK
167. DEMON ATTACK
168. DRAGONFIRE
169. FATHOM
170. FIRE FIGHTER
171. LASER GATES
172. MOONSWEEPER
173. NO ESCAPE!
174. QUICK STEP!
175. RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX
176. SHOOTIN’ GALLERY
177. SOLAR STORM
178. STAR VOYAGER
179. SUBTERRANEA
180. TRICK SHOT


PARKER BROTHERS
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181. AMIDAR
182. FROGGER
183. FROGGER II: THREEEDEEP
184. G.I. JOE - COBRA STRIKE
185. GYRUSS
186. JAMES BOND 007
187. MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE
188. MR. DO’S CASTLE
189. POPEYE
190. Q*BERT
191. Q*BERT’S QUBES
192. REACTOR
193. SKY SKIPPER
194. SPIDER-MAN
195. STAR WARS THE ARCADE CAME
196. STAR WARS THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
197. STAR WARS JEDI ARENA
198. STAR WARS RETURN OF THE JEDI
199. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
200. SUPER COBRA
201. TUTANKHAM


COLECO
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202. BERENSTAIN BEARS
203. CARNIVAL
204. DONKEY KONG
205. DONKEY KONG JUNIOR
206. FRONT LINE
207. MOUSE TRAP
208. MR. DO!
209. ROC N ROPE
210. SMURFS RESCUE IN GARGAMEL'S CASTLE
211. SMURFS SAVE THE DAY
212. TIME PILOT
213. VENTURE
214. ZAXXON


20TH CENTURY FOX
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215. ALIEN
216. BANK HEIST
217. BEANY BOPPER
218. CRASH DIVE
219. CRYPTS OF CHAOS
220. DEADLY DUCK
221. EARTH DIES SCREAMING
222. FANTASTIC VOYAGE
223. FAST EDDIE
224. FLASH GORDON
225. M*A*S*H*
226. MEGA FORCE
227. PORKY’S
228. REVENGE OF THE BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES
229. SPACEMASTER X-7
230. TURMOIL
231. WORM WAR I


DATA AGE
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232. AIRLOCK
233. BERMUDA TRIANGLE
234. BUGS
235. ENCOUNTER AT L5
236. FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER
237. JOURNEY ESCAPE
238. SSSNAKE
239. WARPLOCK


M NETWORK
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240. ADVENTURES OF TRON
241. AIR RAIDERS
242. ARMOR AMBUSH
243. ASTROBLAST
244. BUMP ‘N JUMP
245. BURGERTIME
246. DARK CAVERN
247. FROGS AND FLIES
248. INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
249. KOOL AID MAN
250. LOCK ‘N CHASE
251. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - HE-MAN
252. SPACE ATTACK
253. STAR STRIKE
254. SUPER CHALLENGE BASEBALL
255. SUPER CHALLENGE FOOTBALL
256. TRON: DEADLY DISCS


APOLLO
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257. FINAL APPROACH
258. GUARDIAN
259. INFILTRATE
260. LOST LUGGAGE
261. RACQUETBALL
262. SHARK ATTACK (LOCHJAW)
263. SKEET SHOOT
264. SPACE CAVERN
265. SPACECHASE
266. WABBIT


US GAMES
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267. COMMANDO RAID
268. EGGOMANIA
269. ENTOMBED
270. GOPHER
271. M.A.D.
272. NAME THIS GAME
273. PICNIC
274. PIECE ‘O CAKE
275. RAFT RIDER
276. SNEAK ‘N PEEK
277. SPACE JOCKEY
278. SQUEEZE BOX
279. TOWERING INFERNO
280. WORD ZAPPER


CBS ELECTRONICS
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281. BLUE PRINT
282. GORF
283. MOUNTAIN KING
284. OMEGA RACE
285. SOLAR FOX
286. TUNNEL RUNNER
287. WIZARD OF WOR


SEGA
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288. BUCK ROGERS: PLANET OF ZOOM
289. CONGO BONGO
290. SPY HUNTER
291. STAR TREK: STRATEGIC OPERATIONS SIMULATOR
292. SUB SCAN
293. TAC-SCAN
294. TAPPER
295. THUNDERGROUND
296. UP ‘N DOWN


TIGERVISION
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297. ESPIAL
298. JAWBREAKER
299. KING KONG
300. MARAUDER
301. MINER 2049ER
302. MINER 2049ER II
303. POLARIS
304. RIVER PATROL
305. SPRINGER
306. THRESHOLD


STARPATH
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307. COMMUNIST MUTANTS FROM OUTER SPACE
308. DRAGONSTOMPER
309. ESCAPE FROM THE MINDMASTER (LABYRINTH)
310. FIREBALL
311. FROGGER, THE OFFICIAL
312. KILLER SATELLITES
313. PARTY MIX
314. PHASER PATROL
315. RABBIT TRANSIT
316. SUICIDE MISSION
317. SURVIVAL ISLAND
318. SWORD OF SAROS


SPECTRAVISION
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319. BUMPER BASH
320. CHALLENGE OF NEXAR
321. CHASE THE CHUCK WAGON
322. CHINA SYNDROME
323. CROSS FORCE
324. GANGSTER ALLEY
325. GAS HOG
326. MANGIA
327. MASTER BUILDER
328. PLANET PATROL
329. TAPEWORM


ABSOLUTE ENTERTAINMENT
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330. PETE ROSE BASEBALL
331. SKATE BOARDIN’
332. TITLE MATCH PRO WRESTLING
333. TOMCAT: THE F-14 FLIGHT SIMULATOR


AVALON HILL
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334. DEATH TRAP
335. LONDON BLITZ
336. OUT OF CONTROL
337. SHUTTLE ORBITER
338. WALL BALL


AMIGA
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339. MOGUL MANIAC


TELESYS
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340. COCONUTS
341. COSMIC CREEPS
342. DEMOLITION HERBY
343. FAST FOOD
344. RAM IT
345. STARGUNNER


TELEGAMES
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346. GLACIER PATROL
347. QUEST FOR QUINTANA ROO
348. UNIVERSAL CHAOS


SEARS
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349. STEEPLECHASE
350. STELLAR TRACK
351. SUBMARINE COMMANDER


COMMA VID
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352. CAKEWALK
353. COSMIC SWARM
354. MAGICARD
355. MINES OF MINOS
356. ROOM OF DOOM
357. STRONGHOLD
358. VIDEO LIFE


ZIMAG
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359. COSMIC CORRIDOR
360. DISHASTER
361. I WANT MY MOMMY
362. TANKS BUT NO TANKS


KONAMI
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363. MARINE WARS
364. POOYAN
365. STRATEGY X


EPYX
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366. CALIFORNIA GAMES
367. SUMMER GAMES
368. WINTER GAMES


MILTON BRADLEY
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369. SPITFIRE ATTACK
370. SURVIVAL RUN


MYSTIQUE/PLAYAROUND
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371. BACHELOR PARTY
372. BEAT ‘EM AND EAT ‘EM
373. BURNING DESIRE
374. CUSTER’S REVENGE
375. GIGOLO
376. KNIGHT ON THE TOWN


XONOX
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377. ARTILLERY DUEL
378. CHUCK NORRIS SUPERKICKS
379. GHOST MANOR
380. MOTOCROSS RACER
381. ROBIN HOOD
382. SIR LANCELOT
383. SPIKE’S PEAK
384. TOMARC THE BARBARIAN


K-TEL VISION
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385. SPIDER MAZE
386. VULTURE ATTACK


SPARROW
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387. MUSIC MACHINE


FROGGO
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388. CRUISE MISSILE
389. KARATE
390. SEA HAWK
391. SEA HUNT


ANSWER
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392. GAUNTLET
393. MALAGAI


AMERICAN VIDEOGAME
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394. TAX AVOIDERS


BOMB
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395. ASSAULT
396. GREAT ESCAPE
397. WALL DEFENDER
398. Z-TACK


EXUS
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399. VIDEO JOGGER
400. VIDEO REFLEX


FIRST STAR SOFTWARE
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401. BOING!


MYTHICON
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402. FIRE FLY
403. SORCERER
404. STAR FOX


MENAVISION
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405. AIR RAID


PANDA
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406. DICE PUZZLE
407. STUNTMAN


WIZARD VIDEO
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408. HALLOWEEN
409. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


SELCHOW & RICHTER/QDI
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410. GLIB


VENTUREVISION
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411. RESCUE TERRA I


PUZZY
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412. SEAMONSTER


DSD/CAMELOT
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413. TOOTH PROTECTORS


UNIVERSAL GAMEX
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414. X-MAN


SIMAGE
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415. ELI’S LADDER


ZELLERS
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416. CHALLENGE
417. TIME WARP


TNT GAMES
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418. BMX AIRMASTER
 
 
GAMMATION
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419. GAMMA-ATTACK


INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO CONCEPTS
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420. RED SEA CROSSING

 
 
SKILL SCREEN GAMES
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421. EXTRA TERRESTRIALS

 
 
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                                             ALL OTHER GAMES NOT RELEASED IN NORTH AMERICA
 
 
HOME VISION
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422. FRISCO
423. GO GO HOME MONSTER
424. LILLY ADVENTURE
425. MAGIC CARPET
426. PANDA CHASE
427. PARACHUTE
428. RACING CAR
429. SKI HUNT
430. TOPY
431. TREASURE DISCOVERY
432. WORLD END
433. X MISSION

 

SUNTEK
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434. FIREBUG (A.K.A. SPINNING FIREBALL)
435. I.Q. MEMORY TEASER
436. MOTOCROSS
437. SKI RUN
438. WALKER
439. ZOO FUN

 

VIDEO GEMS
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440. MISSILE CONTROL
441. MISSION SURVIVE
442. STEEPLECHASE
443. SURFER'S PARADISE BUT DANGER BELOW!

444. TREASURE BELOW
 

 
BIT CORPORATION
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445. BOBBY IS GOING HOME
446. MISSION 3000 A.D.
447. MR. POSTMAN
448. SNAIL AGAINST SQUIRREL


SALU
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449. ACID DROP
450. GHOSTBUSTERS 2
451. PICK ‘N PILE

 
 
TECHNOVISION
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452. NUTS
453. PHARAOH’S CURSE
454. SAVE OUR SHIP


SANCHO
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455. FOREST
456. WORDS-ATTACK


ATARI
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457. FATAL RUN
458. KLAX

 
 
TAIWAN
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459. CRIMINAL PURSUIT (A MYSTERIOUS THIEF)
460. FARMYARD FUN


CCE
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461. IMMIES & AGGIES
462. PIZZA CHEF

463. STONE AGE


DIMAX
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464. ASTROWAR


DYNACOM
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465. MEGABOY

 
HES
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466. MY GOLF

 
IMAGIC
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467. WING WAR

 
 
PET BOAT
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468. MAZY MATCH (UNKNOWN DATATECH GAME 2)



JVP
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469. DONALD DUCK’S SPEEDBOAT





Is this list just for US releases? I do not see games like Mission 3000 or Squirrel there. These have NTSC versions, but I don't think they were ever relseased in the US.
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Yes, this was just North American NTSC releases. I was planning to make a strictly non-NTSC original list also. I just never got around to it.

 

BTW, I would now add GAMMA ATTACK, RED SEA CROSSING and EXTRA TERRESTRIALS to this list.

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