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#1 kroogur OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008 8:49 AM

I got this as part of a lot of games i purchased recently. Someone wrote Tennis on the Freeway cart and it is indeed Tennis in the cart, was it common to get mis-labeled games? because this cart has never been opened.








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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008 8:54 AM

Wow, and its a color label Freeway with cars in different colors, not the regular old grey one. Interesting. Sure looks like a factory flub up.

I bought a cassette tape once that was the wrong tape inside. Swapped it out for the correct one, that was crazy though...started played soft jazz or something on a GNR tape...ah the 80's quality control :)

Neat find.
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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008 9:15 AM

Thanks! I was surprised when i fired it this morning I though maybe the previous owner/s were trying to make a joke because the lot was listed as 15 different titles but it was no joke lol.

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 1:14 AM

At least an R9 if you ask me :)

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 3:32 AM

Curious.

I noticed that it is dubbed the "international version" with multiple languages describing joystick compatibility. Is this something unusual I wonder?

Also wonder if the previous owner did the handwritten "Tennis" or if it was purchased that way? The reason I ask is because back in '91 I was visiting my girlfriend (now wife) @ her workplace (Kmart) & they had a bin of loose carts for some ridiculous cheap prices & some of them were unlabeled with handwriting of the titles on them. I asked the electronics manager if he did the handwriting & he said "no, they came that way". Anyone else encounter this type of thing? I haven't read anything about carts like that on this site yet. I'm pretty sure we didn't have anything in MN like Xante or those companies that made games on site.

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Edited by midnight magicman, Tue Mar 4, 2008 3:34 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 5:31 AM

You know i didn't even pay attention to the International Edition on the label as i was too focused on the "Tennis" aspect :lol: now you got me curious about that too! I have other Freeway carts i'll have to check them out.

Edited by kroogur, Tue Mar 4, 2008 5:32 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 5:42 AM

At least an R9 if you ask me :)

Yep, I bet someone is going to make a quick two million dollars. OK, I'm exaggerating. One million dollars.

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 7:17 AM

I checked all my other Activision carts and they are all normal and my Tennis plays and looks like this Freeway Tennis, and all sarcasm aside i don't care about scamming some dope on Ebay for big bucks i'm genuinely interested in knowing more about this cart. Up until I joined this forum i just bought and played what was interesting to me but now thanks to you all and this great forum I am taking more of an interest in my collection other than playing it.

So were international editions fairly common?
And was it common to get mis-labeled games?

I have a couple hundred games (quite a few double and triples) and have not seen a mis-labeled game yet.

Edited by kroogur, Tue Mar 4, 2008 7:18 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 9:08 AM

Tennis on the Activision Freeway?

Now that would make a really cool game.

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 9:12 AM

At least an R9 if you ask me :)

Yep, I bet someone is going to make a quick two million dollars. OK, I'm exaggerating. One million dollars.

Might be a bit of a stretch but $50,000 sounds about right ;)

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 9:33 AM

Ok i searched on another site and got the info i was after it's the PAL version mystery solved at least as far as where the case came from now the next question, is a PAL game supposed to be able to play on my system?

Edited by kroogur, Tue Mar 4, 2008 9:37 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 10:52 AM

International edition Activision NTSC cartridges with multilanguage instructions were sold in Canada so French speaking Canadians could read them.

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 10:54 AM

International edition Activision NTSC cartridges with multilanguage instructions were sold in Canada so French speaking Canadians could read them.

Cool Thank you! i'm learning more stuff all the time i love it! :)

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008 5:23 PM

I had a copy of Tennis that was in a Freeway-labeled (and boxed) cart. I felt a little gypped since I really wanted Freeway and not Tennis.

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2008 1:06 PM

There could be several explanations for it. Since its not in the original box its hard to tell.

1. Could of been Billy Jo Bobsled has Tennis and Freeway and the labels fall off. He glues them back on only to realize in his haste he glued them backwards and can't get them off so he uses a sharpie and writes the correct title on them. Years later he sells them at a flea market. Now there is some guy out there wondering why the game with a Tennis label on is crossed out and rewritten freeway. :cool:

2. This was the early 80's in CA. A few factory workers come back from their smoke break and start tossing a couple cartridges around. In the process a Tennis game gets sent as a Freeway. THis is a joke but easily could have been a mix up in manufacturing. Wouldn't be the first time. No one thought an Elmo doll would tell a kid it was going to kill him after the batteries were changed but it happened.... :D

You could also insert other ideas such as someone switched the boards, or what.

I doubt that the game came from the factory written on in Sharpie. I find it hard to believe a game manufacturer would waste that much time on individual mistakes. I doubt quality control ever even knew this slipped through.

Either way its an interesting find and one I would hang onto as a fun display item. I have a Jaguar game that was sealed Brutal SPorts Football that when opened and played for the first time turned out to be cybermorph. How did that happen. Was Telegames reusing cybermorph boards? I don't know. But its fun to speculate so enjoy it.

As a side note I once got a Saturn Madden game back in 97 or 98 and payed like 50 bucks and when I got home and opened it there was no game inside. When I took it back to the store I was told I wasn't going to lie my way into a second game. I was crushed. But after a long wait and many calls to EA they sent me a replacement. Of course by then the season was 3/4 of the way over... :P

Edited by brucebidder, Wed Mar 5, 2008 1:08 PM.


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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013 12:07 PM

I too have a copy of Activision's "Freeway Tennis". I have had mine since the 1980's (probably 1986-87) I bought it in Southern California in Big Bear CA. I do distinctly remember buying this Freeway game brand-new. I wanted Freeway, and was a little disappointed with getting Tennis though I did enjoy it after a while. The game does not have any black marker written on it so I assume your's was written after opening.
Flash forward nearly 30 years later While transfering my games I noticed it said the word International and searched up and foyund this thread. Nice to know I was not the only one who was playing Tennis on the Freeway. I have not heared of any other situations such as this so I am 100% sure it was a gaff at the factory. Now value may be hard to peg down but if there's two games out there maybe others. Any reverse Tennis games with freeway i wonder?

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:25 AM

I have a different mis-labeled Activision cart, mine is a Skiing cartridge with a ROM for Boxing inside. I bought this new in box at a going-out-of-business sale in the mid 90s. It's not a fancy International version like the Freeway carts above; this was standard old NTSC and had no evidence of tampering, so I assume it just received the wrong sticker at the factory. Very strange, and a little disappointing at the time.

You can hear my story about this cart on an epside of the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast at http://2600gamebygam...006-bridge.html

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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:11 AM

This thread is very interesting , sure sounds like a factory mistake .

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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:18 AM

i once got a legit vcd of jet li's black mask and the second disc was a chinese porn. also bought unkowingly about 50 gba games. half of them were the wrong games

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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:19 PM

Many of the Activision titles have International editions. Some say International but only have English, others have multi-language labels. Feel free to browse all the titles and see all the variations out there.

http://www.videogame.../activision.htm

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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:45 PM

Interesting !
I wonder if I can find such cart :P




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