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#1 Gyro OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:34 PM

Hello all -

 

I am wondering what years and what models of Atari 2600 systems came bundled with the Combat cartridge.  I know their are two versions of labels and the one I remember was the label with text only.  Or was it the only cartridge that ever came with it?   

 

Thanks, just trying to remember fuzzy memories.



#2 CapitanClassic OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:18 AM

According to
https://www.consolev...box-variations/

there were at least 7 Atari 2600 box variations (does not appear to include the Atari Jr. model). Of those 7, two variations only contain PAC-man or Space Invaders. The remaining 5 all come with Combat as a packin game (on Box includes both PAC-man and Combat)

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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:37 AM

I got a pal asteroids+combat bundle, both were picture labeled.

Near sure my box showed a light sixer, so there is at least one more pack variation than shown through your link : )



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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:19 AM

Hello all -

 

I am wondering what years and what models of Atari 2600 systems came bundled with the Combat cartridge.  I know their are two versions of labels and the one I remember was the label with text only.  Or was it the only cartridge that ever came with it?   

 

Thanks, just trying to remember fuzzy memories.

SOME Atari systems such as the all black 2600 models came with COMBAT and PAC-MAN both:

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#5 Gyro OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:38 PM

Thanks.  I had the sixer growing up but unsure if it was heavy or light.   Did that model come from Sears along with the text only Combat?



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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:46 PM

Thanks.  I had the sixer growing up but unsure if it was heavy or light.   Did that model come from Sears along with the text only Combat?

If the sides of your sixer were shaped identically to that of the 4 switch, then it was a LIGHT sixer, if they were more ROUNDED, then that was a HEAVY sixer



#7 Philflound OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:02 PM

I haven't updated my site in a few years but this was the last count for cartridge and box variations.

 

28 cartridge variations: http://videogamevari..._cartridges.htm

 

14 box variations: http://videogamevari...ombat_boxes.htm

 

Not sure how many actually came with the system vs being sold on its own.

 

Phil



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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:56 PM

Are the majoeity of these variations due to different factories in different countries? It just seems like a lot of changes made iver a relatively short period of time...I guess it's good to keep in mind that the industry was still new. Can you imagine games in the 90s era and onward having that many variants?

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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:01 PM

Combat variations were made over a 9 year period. I wouldn't call that a short period of time. Most games (especially today) are made once. NES has a variety of variations too, which I hope to find a nice list.



#10 Gyro OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:11 PM

If the sides of your sixer were shaped identically to that of the 4 switch, then it was a LIGHT sixer, if they were more ROUNDED, then that was a HEAVY sixer

 

We're talking close to 40 years ago so I have no idea.  

 

I haven't updated my site in a few years but this was the last count for cartridge and box variations.

 

28 cartridge variations: http://videogamevari..._cartridges.htm

 

14 box variations: http://videogamevari...ombat_boxes.htm

 

Not sure how many actually came with the system vs being sold on its own.

 

Phil

 

That's cool to see, thanks.   I definitely remember my cartridge being a dark black background.  If Combat came with both the heavy and light sixer, I'll just have to guess it was a light.  I think I got it new in 1981.



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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:47 AM

The light sixer seemed to around a lot longer in the UK than the US. Got mine in '82 and it came with Combat. I think that the following year is when the four switch models came out in virtually the same box but were packed with Pac-Man.

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Posted Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:57 PM

Boxes 5 & 6.

 

http://videogamevari...acman_boxes.htm



#13 Gyro OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:41 PM

Thanks for everyone's help.  I wanted to duplicate the same system I had growing up and decided to go with a light sixer. Got one in very good condition with 10 carts for $70 inc shipping and already looking forward to playing it.  Next, duplicate the same games I had growing up...







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