Of course there was no movie. But it needs to be noted that Atlantis II was a nationwide event. In fact every box of Atlantis has the Defend Atlantis contest form in it. That is a million people right there knowing about the contest. Also Imagic actually advertised this contest in major video game magazines at the time. And there was even a newspaper article or two about the contest too. If you go to the Atlantis II registry you will see a contestent that actually posted a newspaper article about him as a winner of one of the carts. Atlantis II was far from a regional thing like Pepsi Invaders was.
I'd say that Atlantis II is probably just as expensive as coke wins atm, but Atlantis II looks just like any other Atlantis cart and many big collectors don't care that much for the cart itself. I'd say the copies with the paper work and a little more of the story behind this cart could bring a ton, but the cart only copies have probably peaked.
I think a complete Atlantis II and a complete Coke Wins are pretty close to equal and by that I mean 5k range not 1 million.
Air Raid....see the many thread to see Air Raid argument ...Love it or Hate it. Legitimate or Hack, this cart will command close to 2k and if the allure surrounding it continues, I could see this break upwards too... This title also has the ability to break down too, if more people join the hack side of things.
Only way this stays a 2k cart is if Wonder continues to pay that much. Like the Music Machine record and the Beagle Bros carts this one just doesn't have as many chasers as it once did.
Also some possible corrections
Kizuna Encounter English for the Neo Geo AES is the most expensive cart. It sold for 12.5 or 13k...Not sure if it was NTSC strickley or if it was PAL. It was a Euro release , but Euro releases were playable of US NTSC consoles.
Oh and on the 2 recent NWC Gold sales, one went for 8.5 K and the other went for OVER 9k (I know who this sold to, but haven't talked to him lately) I think it may have broke 10k.
Neo geo fans are nuts. But its a small pool. NWC will win out over time as the most expensive cart NTSC PAL or otherwise it just needs the time.
BTW it was 8.5k and 9k not over 9k
I think the 9K one might have went for over 9K and closer to 10K, so that was my mistake...
I guess it doesn't really matter either way. The trend is that this hack will be the most valuable cart when the kids who played the original Nintendo are old enough to afford it. Atlantis II and Coke Wins are fun games with cool stories but the NWC was a nationwide event with coverage in the news and even had a movie based on it.
I guess it was run nationwide but I wouldn't call it a nationwide event. NWC had regional and final tournaments in the US and Canada. It was run by Nintendo not one of the 3rd party software developers. Swordquest was the most known about Atari tournament and is as close as you can get from Atari as far as the impact the NWC had. I didn't know about the Atlantis tournament until I started collecting. I'm sure some people here do remember but it was hard to escape the hype of NWC at the time. It would almost seem like every kid at the time knew about it. The NWC was a part of pop culture.
With Atari though they never gave away the Swordquest cart to the contestants. But you could also argue that video game and arcade contests were huge during this time. Remember Todd Rogers was actually employed by Activision to help promote their games. The Atlantis II cart represents what that era was all about. Although it was not as huge as the NWC Gold cart. It was still the first cart given away to contestants. I personally feel that the fact that Atlantis II preceded the NWC Gold cart is pretty cool in it's own right. The NWC maybe the mother of all video game contest carts, but the Atlantis II is the grandfather.
I personally am alright with the NWC Gold cart being the most expensive, but I feel the Atlantis II cart should be worth at least half of what the NWC Gold cart is worth.
Just compare these carts and you will see what I mean
The defend Atlantis contest was mentioned briefly in a documentary. The NWC had a movie revolve around it. Edge to NWC Gold
People played at home all over the country and sent in their scores. Nintendo staged live contests all around the country ending with one big event. Again Edge to NWC Gold
The Atlantis II cart was the first contest cart given out and came out in 1982. The NWC Gold cart came out in 1990. Edge to Atlantis II.
The Atlantis II cart came with a shirt, Box sticker, Documents, and letters. The NWC Gold cart did not come with anything. Edge to Atlantis II.
There are 13 Atlantis II carts that have popped up. There are about 13 NWC Gold carts that have popped up. Tie.
The Atlantis II cart is a Rom. The NWC Gold cart is an Eprom. No edge at the moment for either cart. Should be interesting to see what happens in 20 years though.
As you can see the Atlantis II cart puts up a good fight when it comes to the NWC Gold cart. That's why in my opinion it should go for at least half of what the NWC Gold cart goes for. Oh yeah, and one last thing. I think it's ironic that I am having this argument with a guy who goes by the handle Buyatari.
Edit: and before DreamTR comes out with the fact that Famicom contest carts were before the NWC. I do know one thing. Famicom came out in 1983. So the Atlantis II cart was before any of those carts.
Edited by homerwannabee, Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:23 PM.