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  1. Sorry for the necro-bump, but I just stumbled across this thread. Odd to see this one turn up elsewhere. Just a heads-up: this story was edited and published in my 2014 book Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman, which can still be found on my publisher's website and on Amazon. I also sell autographed copies, PM me for more info. Gotta say, it's been a treat seeing these old scans again after all these years.
  2. Bought a Donkey Kong PK from tep392 - couldn't have asked for an easier and smoother transaction. Thanks!
  3. +2! That one's been on top of my list of hoped-for ports since I first found out about the 7800 homebrew scene.
  4. I can't imagine why Jinks 2 never came out.

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    2. Eltigro


      I can't imagine why Bubsy 2 ever did come out. <no sarcasm>

    3. Dire 51

      Dire 51

      I'm still wondering who thought that was a good idea.

    4. GoldLeader


      I'd buy a Jinks 2! (No Sarcasm...I like an artistic palette w/ original gameplay)...Maybe I'm the only one.

  5. Jesse modded my spare 7800 with the UAV board. He not only modded the 7800, but took extra time to fix additional problems he found with the console. He communicated during the entire procedure, and answered any questions I had (and I had a lot). I'm thrilled with the end result, and would gladly recommend his services to anyone that needs their 7800 modded. Thanks Jesse!
  6. I was recently given a 7800 by a good friend of mine. It works pretty well, although from time to time games don't fit properly and other times, it takes a while to get a game going. They all eventually work, though, even some of the ones that are known to have problems (Robot Tank, Time Pilot, etc.). Given that, I'd like to keep it around. However, the more I've used it, the more the picture quality has gone down. The picture is always snowy to some degree, but it's the worst when you first turn it on and the screen's almost white. Jiggling the cable clears it up somewhat, at least until you switch games. I don't know if there's something loose inside the console causing this, or if something's just going bad, or what. I know there are various video mods that can be done - I'm going to be getting an S-Video modded 7800 from a friend at some point, but like I said, I'd like to keep this one around too. Can anyone recommend someone that can do either an A/V mode, S-Video mod or both? And how much does those kind of mods usually go for?
  7. Super Pac-Man is one of my all-time favorite arcade games. I remember the day many years ago that I bought Jr. Pac-Man for the 2600. I was amazed at how good it was, especially compared to the earlier 2600 Pac-Man games, and I hoped that Atari would release a port of Super Pac-Man for either the 2600 or 7800 after that. Sadly, it never happened. After getting back into the 7800 after a very long break and finding out that a 7800 port of Super Pac-Man had finally been created - and was being sold in the store - I had to buy it. My copy arrived today, and I just got done spending time with it. Now, in the years since I played the arcade game originally, I have played it to death on MAME, Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PS1) and Namco Museum Virtual Arcade (360), so it's still pretty fresh in my mind. So do I think the 7800 version lives up to the original? In a word, absolutely. I spent the better part of the last hour playing it, and I enjoyed it just as much as the arcade. Given the limitations of the console compared to the arcade, I'm amazed at how close it is to the original. Honestly, if this had been released for the 7800 back when I first got one, I'd have begged my parents for a copy, and then been absolutely thrilled at just how good it was. This was money well spent, and one 7800 game I look forward to replaying as time goes on. PacManPlus, my hat is off to you. Thanks for making a childhood dream a reality.
  8. Thanks to crtfreak, I now have a working 7800 Scrapyard Dog! Really good communication and great to deal with. Many thanks!
  9. I'm looking for some games to complete my current collection, and if anyone could help me out, that'd be great. I am willing to trade as well, although I don't have much to trade with at the moment. Here's my current list: 2600: Star Wars: The Arcade Game G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike BurgerTime Thunderground Gremlins Tax Avoiders 7800: Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr.
  10. Just tried this for the first time, and I'd love to see this get released on cart.
  11. Thanks for all the replies, everyone. Going under the assumption that it is a PAL cart, I'm going to see if I can work out a deal with one of the UK collectors I know.
  12. Any thoughts as to how it might be repaired, if that's the case?
  13. Nope, nothing that obvious, just a standard 7800 manual. It's been a while since I bought it (took me forever to get the time to sit down and test it), but I may hold onto it. If nothing else, I know a couple of 7800 collectors in the UK that might be interested in it, so maybe there's a trade in my future. edit - Mayhem! Been a long time. Thanks for the info. So I guess the only way to find out if it's dead or PAL is to get ahold of a PAL 7800 and fire it up.
  14. I'd considered that, actually, and I wouldn't be surprised if I've got one here. No "P" sticker on the cart... any other ways to possibly be able to tell the difference? Something else on the box or cart perhaps?
  15. Picked up a sealed copy of Scrapyard Dog at a local game store a couple weeks back. Finally got to test it on my 7800 today. Popped it in, Atari logo came up, then just got a black screen. Decided to clean it to see if that helped. Got screens in a couple different colors after that, even got one that just displayed a garble and made a high pitched humming sound, but still no game. Any suggestions as to what I can do to get it working, if I even can?
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