I am really loving this topic; I am forever fascinated by really late console releases. In this case, I had no idea Ikari Warriors and Xenophobe, despite what the copyrights on the labels say, were actually released in '91. That is wild; new 2600 games in what had, by then, become the 16-bit era! And given the limitations of the system, I think they're really good ports. Xenophobe has been a favorite for a long time; indeed, I'm not a big fan of the arcade version or most of the other ports (the Lynx one is pretty impressive, however), but I *love* the 2600 conversion. Maybe it's a case of "less is more," perhaps? The lesser graphics and sound of the 2600 version, coupled with the absence of the "cartooniness" of the arcade/higher-end ports gives it, I think, a very cool, more-serious sense of desolation. I don't know, maybe it's just me.
After all these years, I finally took advantage of the Venezuela find and ordered me some of these sealed; to have legit NTSC versions of what once were uber-expensive games? Sure, I'll take it! It'll be nice to supplement my shrinkwrap-crushed, supposedly-NTSC, sealed Xenophobe (which I had to pay real money for back in 2001/2002) with a nicer copy. And Ikari Warriors? I never really had any hopes of getting an NTSC copy of that before Venezuela; wasn't it like a rarity 9 at one point?
(In the same vein, even though there was no corresponding NTSC release, I'm also severely intrigued by Ghostbusters II; a "big name" game, shelved until 1992 and only released in PAL territories? Interesting stuff!)
Edited by King Atari, Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:55 PM.