Another update...been testing this stuff and getting ready to list them on eBay (same name on there). Will probably keep a few of these for my collection and share the rest with whoever wants to buy them (unless someone has NES protos for trade, any NES protos really - Maniac Mansion or Baseball Stars anyone? or any proto games with Luigi in the game since that is my name?). Debating if pics would suffice or if I need to do videos for the listing...so this bring me to yet another question:
I will probably list Pitfall first (about damn time I make money off Activision instead of the other way around). I swapped the EPROMs to the loose ones I acquired and was playing it and noticed something odd. Keep in mind that I never really played this much and got embarrassed by my wife when she came down to the man cave and said "Oh, your playing Pitfall! Grab the rope, so I can hear that cool sound again." Mind blown. I digress, so I got to the first snake after the 3 crocs and there was a log there instead. Glitch, normal, or possible earlier build? Can make a video if anyone wants to see, but everyone here knows the difference between a log and a snake. Also, any duplicate EPROMs seem to be manufactured in a different country from the first set (including Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines). Not sure that makes any difference really.
Still fighting the Mattel PCB to get it to at least load the opening screen. Contacts are half the width of normal PCBs, so it's a PITA. Any advice on using a 2600 adapter for another console or techniques to widen the contacts without damaging it? I got Intellivison(s), INTV III (made with refurbished parts?!?!), a 5200, TI-99, and a Commodore 64 as far as old consoles. Need to research the adapters and their reliability more myself when I have time.
Also, some of the loose EPROMs are missing labels, so I covered the windows to keep them safe. Other than dumping them, any harm in just testing them in a random long board?
Let me know if anyone has any requests for the next few games to test and list. As of now, I'm planning on keeping Donkey Kong, Atlantis, Skiing (Activision), Dragon Fire (not labeled 'Dragonfire', but it is handwritten), Stampede, Outlaw, Fast Food, Grand Prix,and the Mattel PCB until I figure out what game it is, and maybe a few loose EPROMs. Also debating if I should list both EPROM sets with Pitfall - which I think I will do.
Always appreciate any insight, suggestions, or back-handed smart-ass comments. Take care everyone.