While the GCC version has a spiffier title screen and plays faster, it's really hard to call it the superior version. Both versions have their pros and cons, and in the end it's all a matter of your own personal taste.
Indeed. So which version do you prefer and why? And how would an optimal, "best of both worlds" version look like?
The linked AtariProtos website already shows a nice comparison and list of difference details. And I can add more:
- The mushrooms in the GCC protos require only 3 shots to be eliminated. Atari's version and the arcade require 4.
- The controls in the GCC proto suck, because they are not responsive enough.
- While the GCC player looks nicer, its movement is much coarser than the Atari version
- ...what else...?
BTW: Please ignore are technical flaws of the GCC prototypes, I am pretty sure those can be fixed.