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  1. Anybody up for a game of Crazy Munchkins? Okay, fine, we can play Squirrels, too.
  2. Cartridges manufactured in Brazil contain NTSC ROMs. Brazilian consoles have additional daughterboard-like hardware to transcode the output signal to the Brazilian PAL-M television format. You can check out some photos of Polyvox hardware here.
  3. Hey, nice, more things for sale, lemme see wh... OH GOD IT'S (MOSTLY) GONE ALREADY If whomever is buying the Argentinean carts would like to relieve themselves of a few of them (like, one of each type), send a PM my way. Question and a comment: @Marco - which games are Miki Dog and Whale Hunter? Carts from Brazil should work just fine on NTSC setups, btw.
  4. Answers posted under a spoiler for people who'd like to try to guess them first.
  5. You got... ONE! Submarine is in fact Seaquest. Let me know if you'd like the full list. I love when listed titles aren't even what you'd assume they are. On this particular cartridge, none of the following titles are the games that their titles most closely resemble: Space Invader, Laser Gate, Asteroids, River Raid II, Space War, Bank Heist, Maze.
  6. Some more weird Atari 2600 stuff in my collection. If someone else has one of these carts, please let me know. Otherwise I will have no choice but to believe that they're all one-of-a-kind!* *No, not really.
  7. Here are two of my favorite 2600 carts from Taiwan... 1) Unknown 4-in-1 cartridge with Grand Prix, Basketball, Othello, and Seaquest (...what, did you think Mario Bros. might be included?) Unknown 16-in-1 featuring label artwork with... well, that's Mario, but... wow, haha. Unfortunately I can only get 4 of the games to work, but someone was kind enough to provide me with a translation of the titles. Someday I hope to be able to play Bear and Anchovy (yeah, it's most likely Frostbite, but WHAT IF IT'S NOT?!)
  8. Here are the 11 major* cartridge variants released by Atari in New Zealand. Don't miss the cartoon-like artwork for Air-Sea Battle! *by my definition
  9. Alright, we can't let Marco have all the fun here! Here's a boxed title from "Supermax", which is a brand that I don't think has been otherwise documented: Arise and post, fellow weird-Atari-stuff collectors! I'll definitely be posting some more to keep this thread going...
  10. Exactly right. See this page on Atarimania for photos of the similar awards given to Carol Shaw for the sales of River Raid.
  11. I really don't understand the "purposeful exclusion" accusation. My post was about the Sinmax, Dimax, and VDI/Home Vision brands being provably connected to a company in Taiwan that had not been previously named. I could have (and perhaps should have) not even mentioned Bit Corp, because I don't think this new information really moves us any closer to knowing the answer to that question. I also don't understand the suggestion that I'm "leaning on just trademarks alone", when I'm not "leaning on" anything. Adventurer Technology existed. They applied for these trademarks. Some were registered. The rest remains unclear. Based on a variety of evidence, I do believe that Bit Corp is connected to VDI/GEM/Home Vision. Yes, the GEM sample cart also suggests a connection. I suspect that Adventurer = GEM, but unless evidence one way or the other turns up, it's just conjecture. I appreciate the kind words. It would be great to see a re-kindled interest in mysteries like this one. I'm not holding my breath, but I'm not going to quit looking for new information, either.
  12. It can now be proven that Sinmax, Dimax, and VDI/Home Vision are all related to the same company. Specifically, it was 探奇科技股份有限公司 -- Tàn qí ("Adventurer") Technology Co., Ltd. -- that applied to register all of the above as trademarks in Taiwan... along with marks for 太空機器人 (Space Robot) and 宇宙大戰 (Astrowar), two games published with Sinmax/Dimax branding. Here's the full listing for trademark applications by 探奇 (hereafter "Adventurer") in Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office: Adventurer's trademark applications for 甜蜜屋 (Tiánmì wū, "Sweet House"), a.k.a. Home Vision, were rejected by the IPO, as were some initial registration applications in January 1983 for Space Robot and Astrowar. I don't know if there's a way to determine exactly why they were rejected. Regardless, the application dates for Sinmax/Dimax match the history that had been theorized: The Sinmax brand was established first (registered 1 April 1983), followed shortly thereafter by Dimax (registered 16 September 1983). Here are the associated trademark images: Of course, trademarking does not tell us exact dates of anything, especially in this "Wild West" era of international intellectual property rights. It's possible that the Sinmax/Dimax releases happened prior to when the trademarks were applied for and registered. The box with Dimax branding for Go Go Home has 1983 printed on it. And of course, Home Vision boxes also have 1983 copyright dates on them. We can be pretty confident that all the Sinmax/Dimax releases were taking place in 1983, but again, this shouldn't be considered definitive proof. Some unanswered questions: - Why no trademark applications for Go Go Home or The End of the World? (Maybe someone at Adventurer decided that trademarking every game name was unnecessary?) - What are the identities of the games advertised in the Sinmax ad? (See first post in this thread.) - Why were the Home Vision trademark applications rejected, while the application for VDI was accepted? (Furthermore, is Adventurer directly related to GEM International, or are they possibly the same company? We've been so far unable to find an entry for GEM Int'l in the Taiwan IPO.) - Is Bit Corporation related to this company somehow? (I think it remains possible, but they could also be fully unrelated.) Many, many thanks to my friend @hallyVORC for assistance with the IPO searches! Some additional exciting new information about East Asian companies involved with making 2600 games will be forthcoming, stay tuned...
  13. Peanuts was published in Singapore newspapers as early as 1961. The country released a stamp featuring Peanuts some years back, and there’s a Snoopy Café that opened there just last year!
  14. A niche collectible is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I know that's a crappy answer to your million dollar question, but it's the truth. These don't show up too often, but I'd say that the demand for them isn't all that high, either. One was auctioned in April for around $20 plus shipping. I know, because I won it. If this cart is truly not working, though, you should probably expect to take a bit less for it. Give it a good cleaning, even if it looks clean -- maybe it's not completely dead yet. You can certainly DM me if you're interested in a trade. Maybe I've got some other 2600 title(s) you'd rather have. Alternatively, if you're really interested in knowing the value, start a $0.99 auction. That's always the best way to get a fair answer on value!
  15. Welcome to the forums! Hin Seng cartridges are from Singapore and are PAL format (as opposed to NTSC), so it may not be compatible with your television. You can see some information about Hin Seng carts (Singaporean newspaper advertisements, for example) in a Twitter thread that I posted. They are officially licensed by Atari; they're not pirate cartridges. I'd potentially trade for it, or buy it from you, if you're not looking to keep a neat little collectible.
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