rmaerz, on Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:17 PM, said:
Let's see if we can make this the oldest thread to ever get locked
So, if you look at my collection on this page
(which is outdated since I added a bunch more ColecoVision titles to the collection - enough to fill another storage tub) I see the following ColecoVision arcade translations (excluding home brews):
Bump N Jump
Donkey Kong Jr.
Jungle Hunt (the one where the camera flash whited out the label)
Mr. Do!'s Castle
Roc N Rope
Now, looking at my 5200 collection (where I started collecting arcade ports first) I am missing the following arcade ports (again, excluding home brews, prototype releases et al):
Mr. Do!'s Castle
(I'm using the AtariAge cartridge scans as a guide, so I don't know if there are others that have not been scanned yet).
I see that the ColecoVision offers diversity in the types of games (shooters, platform games etc) and levels of popularity. Games like Donkey Kong, DK Jr., Centipede, Frogger & Defender are there along with not so popular (although good) titles like Pepper II, Mouse Trap, Lady Bug and Venture.
If this is a complete list of 5200 cartridge scans
, then (unless I missed one) there is only one driving game available on the 5200. At least on the ColecoVision, you can play Bump N Jump, Pitstop, Dukes of Hazzard and Turbo using a driving controller
(it's beyond me why Spy Hunter wasn't made to use the driving controller).
Out of the 5200 arcade ports in my collection, I truly enjoy the following:
Wizard of Wor
Out of the ColecoVision arcade ports in my collection, I truly do not
enjoy the following:
Incidentally, two Sega games that I don't enjoy on any
So, for me as a gamer that was able to play most of these games in the arcade back in the day and having an appreciation for the game itself (and not discriminating a game based on popularity), the ColecoVision is the system for me if I could only own one of the two.
To each his own but bear in mind most of the arcade games you listed for the CV are available for the 5200 and in better form. Many that aren't are just 2nd rate knockoffs.
Buck Rogers (available on the 5200)
Bump N Jump (ok, CV wins there)
BurgerTime (ok taking away the much better homebrew beef drop CV gets the nod there)
Carnival (crappy knockoff of space invaders)
Centipede (available on the 5200)
Congo Bongo (sucks on both systems. who cares?)
Cosmic Avenger (crappy knock off of defender)
Defender (available on the 5200)
Donkey Kong (ok, CV wins there)
Donkey Kong Jr. (ok, CV wins there)
Frenzy (ok, CV wins there)
Frogger (available on the 5200)
Front Line (ok, CV wins there)
Galaxian (available on the 5200)
Gorf (available on the 5200)
Gyruss (available on the 5200)
Jungle Hunt (available on the 5200)
Lady Bug (crappy pacman knockoff)
Mouse Trap (crappy pacman knockoff)
Mr. Do! (Dig Dig knockoff)
Mr. Do!'s Castle (available on the 5200)
Omega Race (ok, CV wins there)
Pepper II (Qix knockoff)
Popeye (available on the 5200)
Q*bert (available on the 5200)
Roc N Rope (ok, CV wins there)
Slither (REALLY crappy centipede knockoff)
Space Fury (Asteroids knockoff)
Space Panic (possibly the only original exclusive arcade port for the CV?)
Spy Hunter (ok, CV wins there)
Star Trek (available on the 5200)
Star Wars (available on the 5200)
Subroc (Cant remember which game this ripped off...sea wolf maybe?)
Super Cobra (available on the 5200)
Tapper (ok, CV wins there)
Time Pilot (ok, CV wins there)
Turbo (ok, CV wins there)
Tutankham (ok, CV wins there)
Victory (crappy Defender knockoff)
Venture (Knockoff of Berzerk)
Zaxxon (available on the 5200)
Of like titles I would definitely give the CV the edge on Galaxian and Gorf, but beyond that the CV titles with the lack of colors and choppy scrolling pale in comparison to the 5200 counterparts. Turbo, Time Pilot, Frenzy, are definitely good enough reason to own a CV. The driving controller is a neat add-on but only one game truly takes advantage.
I guess if you're going purely on the number
of arcade ports it's CV by a mile. But from a quality standpoint nothing REALLY stands out like Robotron and Space Dungeon with the coupler. Or Missile Command or Centipede with the TrackBall. Defender? Looks ok on the CV but the sound is horrible. Donkey Kong and Zaxxon are supposed to be the stand outs that made the CV back in the day, but 5200 Zaxxon looks way better and scrolls perfectly whereas the CV version is like watching a series of still pictures jumping from one to the other. Donkey Kong is fun on the CV I'll admit, but it's really a bad conversion with the flickering and lack of the cement factory among other flaws.
The CV definitely has the quantity. The 5200 has the quality.