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  1. Ouch -- you should have asked for a Switch as part of your payment. Heh... Good luck, though!
  2. Hmm. That's an interesting questions... did Atari buy the rights from the remnants of Coleco? In the early 80s, Coleco had the console rights and Atari had the computer rights. By the late 80s, Nintendo had their own system out, but I presume the terms of their original licensing allowed Atari/Coleco to keep selling/releasing the ports. I know that Atari got the home system and computer rights for Mario Bros., but I doubt Nintendo would have licensed the rights to their arcade games after they entered the US market. Edit: Hey, two years ago other folks were discussing this...
  3. I believe the curiosity comes more from the fact that these relatively rare and elusive carts are graded and sold folks who appear to be very tightly connected -- and the last time this was big news, the buyer was the owner of the auction house itself (if I remember correctly). It has the appearance of being a publicity show to drum up sales so they can sell more video games as collectibles.
  4. I'll probably grab this when it gets its first big discount... Did you get to reference your audio machines in the credits?
  5. I got a pair of the NES "Joy Con" controllers a few months back, when Nintendo was selling a set of 2 for $30. They are interesting little gadgets, but they can only be charged by sliding them onto the Switch's Joycon brackets. This is a bit a of a problem, as one tends to have the standard Joycons charging there. The NES controllers are just a bit longer than standard Joycons, and as a result they can't be charged on most Joycon charging stations. (Someone said the Power-A Pro + Joycon charger will do it, but that model is out of stock or $30 everywhere). While trying to find SOME cheap way to charge them, I discovered that someone else had the idea of modifying the Joycon charging grip so that it would fit the NES controllers... and by modify, I mean "unscrew the controller grip from the charging base." After tracking down a spare tri-wing screwdriver, I discovered that this was rather easy to do. Essentially, you unscrew the four tiny screws on the back of the large rectangular piece, four screws in the back of the handgrip portion, and four screws inside the rectangular piece. You can then screw the rectangular charger back together and use it as a small charging device. The rectangular charger still fits on the handgrip -- you could probably use Velcro to temporarily stick it back together if you wanted to.
  6. I figured that out on my own while perusing the archive, but thanks! There's an NTSC header in the newer SAPs that automatically sets them to the right playback, but the older ones don't have it. Not as easy as an "NTSC/PAL" switch in the player itself, but such is life.
  7. Question... I've run across some NTSC designed games that don't have the NTSC flag in the SAP, so they are played back at the wrong tempo. Is there an easy way to suggest these for updates?
  8. I feel like this is incredibly obvious, but.... I've been fooling around with SAP players, and noticed something -- namely, tracks seem slower than on real Ataris. However, this might just be PAL vs NTSC, so I thought I'd check. For example, if I play the Donkey Kong SAP in Foobar, it's distinctly slower in tempo as opposed to playing Donkey Kong in NTSC on an emulator. Am I right in assuming that all NTSC designed music is played -slower- in SAP players, as SAP players are designed for PAL speed music? Or am I just doing it wrong? (If there is a speed difference -- what is it?)
  9. Now that I'm no longer being puzzled by my mistakes... I know there were two versions of Mario Bros. released. Did they have different music? If so, are there two different music sets out there? I've found these: ASMA Archive -- http://asma.scene.pl/ASMA/export/HEAD/trunk/asma/Games/Mario_Bros.sap VGMRips.net - Atari 5200 (was this the unreleased one?) -- https://vgmrips.net/packs/pack/mario-bros-atari-5200 Okay, this is puzzling me. I downloaded a few .SAP files from ASMA (actually from http://asma.scene.pl/ASMA/browser/trunk/asma ), and I installed the ASAP Decoder for Foobar (https://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_asap ). When I try to play a .SAP file (specifically, Donkey Kong), I get a "Unrecoverable playback error: <unknown error>". I've tried the standalone WASAP and I also get errors. I've tried a few other random SAP files and they won't play. I tried the VGEMU plugin for Foobar, which also claims SAP compatibility, and they won't play either. I feel like I'm missing something obvious here. Anyone have any suggestions? Never mind... it appears I downloaded the description pages for each file, and not the files themselves. Heh.
  10. The official Nintendo SNES wireless controller is nice.
  11. Okay, now I'm curious -- who owns the rights to The Immortal? Edit: I just looked that up... Piko Interactive? Those are the folks making various retro game carts for all sorts of systems... that's interesting.
  12. Ah, I'll have to look at that -- although I do wish more people just wrote up instructions instead of posting 10-15 minute videos. He has a link to a google drive with the software, so I'll have to take a loot at it later. I might wait until an easily-accessible guide on adding other emulators emerges. This is promising, though!
  13. This was years ago, so I don't quite recall. However, when I dig out my bag of disks, I'll check.
  14. SOMETHING was in Sacramento... (Google search) SIRIUS Software! I remember stumbling across that when reading about the strange path of Nasir Gebelli, who ended up programming Famicom titles for Square...
  15. I'm in Sacramento, and when I was in high school I often found Atari 8-bit cartridges in local thrift stores... and just after college, I found two 2600 "Lab Loaner" protos (which I sold to someone in German via ebay... ah, so long ago). I've often assumed some old Atari folks moved to general Sacramento region for retirement, which might explain those loaner carts... Wasn't Synapse (or someone like that) based out here in the Sacramento region?
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