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Defender 2000 - Released in '95 or '96?


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#1 Austin ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2012 7:33 PM

There seems to be some conflicting information on when this game was released. Or at least, conflicting information as far as I can find right now (most gaming sites are blocked since I'm at work). When was Defender 2000 released? I am told some sites (like MobyGames) list it as '96. However, the manual scan in the AtariAge database has a copyright date of 1995. Does anyone know for sure? Perhaps someone who actually bought the game way-back-when can vouch? I'm not necessarily looking for an exact month or day, I'd just like to know what year it was actually released in.

*edit: Sites claim that Zoop, NBA Jam T.E., and Attack of the Mutant Penguins were also released in '96 (FFL not withstanding, of course), so if that's true, maybe D2K being released then isn't so far off. The title screen and instructions say '95 though. Perhaps it just wasn't put out to the public until '96.

Edited by Austin, Tue Feb 7, 2012 8:01 PM.


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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 6:54 PM

Based on old USENET posts, it looks like it shipped in February 1996, but probably was finished in late 1995.

See http://groups.google...f1520132b73dad0

#3 Austin ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 6:55 PM

Nice! Thanks for the clarification. :)

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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 8:40 PM

look at all these great games coming out by the end of '94

http://groups.google...8137e1b7dcb2a42

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:19 PM

yeah, I believe it was delayed a few times because Atari ran out of money.

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Posted Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:52 PM

It was released in very late 1995 right around Christmas (+/- 5 days) I know that for sure. I dont know the exact date though.

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:34 AM

Based on old USENET posts, it looks like it shipped in February 1996, but probably was finished in late 1995.

See http://groups.google...f1520132b73dad0


I had Defender 2000 pre-ordered from Toad Computers and my reciept confirms the February 13, 1996 ship date. My reciept is dated Wednesday, February 14, 1996. I paid $59.00 + tax.

I 'm pretty sure Defender 2000 was the last game released by Atari for the Jag. The next batch of games were the Telegames releases in late 1996.

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:28 AM

I 'm pretty sure Defender 2000 was the last game released by Atari for the Jag. The next batch of games were the Telegames releases in late 1996.


I thought that was Fight For Life?

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:52 AM

I know for a fact that I had my first copy before 1995 was over.... and that the bastard manager at the Funcoland in Sterling Virginia with the "Link" hat borrowed and never returned it (thief). At the time I was doing a short lived online magazine (only did three issues) through AOL/email and got several games for review sent to me in the mail. I pestered Atari on the phone in those days.

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:55 PM

I know for a fact that I had my first copy before 1995 was over.... and that the bastard manager at the Funcoland in Sterling Virginia with the "Link" hat borrowed and never returned it (thief). At the time I was doing a short lived online magazine (only did three issues) through AOL/email and got several games for review sent to me in the mail. I pestered Atari on the phone in those days.


Maybe you had a review copy?

BTW...funny about all the Virginia connections in this thread. I was living in Kingstowne, Virginia at the time and bought Defender 2000 at Toad Computers, just outside Baltimore, MD...lol

Edited by Major Havoc 2049, Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:57 PM.





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