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Mystery 2600 Sega Cart

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I'm forwarding the pictures over here to see if anyone can figure out what this might be. This came from a FB group I'm following, the poster of these pics is not a registered user of the forums that I know of so I have not included his name.

 

"Ok listen to this story!!! I have a listing on Craigslist that I collect video games. So I get a call lastnight from this older guy (69 years old) we get to talking and he tells me he use to work for sega in the mid 80's. He says sega was working on a project that was later canceled they though away all the carts but he saved one he thinks this is the only one left in the world. So he sent me pics of it to see if I knew anything about it if I thought it was worth anything. Well I have no clue what it is my guess is it's for a master system from the square look of it. Anyway if anyone knows anything about this please share."

 

Now this is outta Louisiana and I'm way way up north so I don't know much more than this. I'm gonna post the pics of this cart, and Tempest or anyone else can tell me if this is something new or not -- it has not been plugged into a 2600.

 

 

 

 

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Doesn't look like a prototype by any stretch, but please, please, please if it were, let it be War Of The Worlds!

 

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So tell the guy to plug it into his Atari and show us some screen grabs. From the looks of it appears to be a commercial game but stranger things have happened.

 

EDIT: I googled the numbers on the mask ROM. Did not turn up anything useful. Potential Gold Mine?

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This is 100% not a prototype, mask ROM prototypes look vastly different. This is a mass produced mask ROM.

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Can we deduce the game based on the codes printed on the chip?

 

Not unless you crack open one each and even then it is not guaranteed, due to different factories being used back then. I cracked open a Tac-Scan earlier and it actually said tacscan on the mask ROM. Best bet would be for Al to go through the pile he used for Ixion, if he still has them. Even easier would be to just plug the damn thing in and test it. :P

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Not unless you crack open one each and even then it is not guaranteed, due to different factories being used back then. I cracked open a Tac-Scan earlier and it actually said tacscan on the mask ROM. Best bet would be for Al to go through the pile he used for Ixion, if he still has them. Even easier would be to just plug the damn thing in and test it. :P

So it's not like Nintendo where there is a very obvious game code printed on the mask ROM (assuming they're not glob-tops) and an equally obvious matching game code printed on the cartridge itself, and said codes can be easily researched using an online database with detailed documentation of every PCB board?

 

No such comprehensive resource exists for Atari?

http://bootgod.dyndns.org:7777/

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I am not clicking on that link. LOL

 

It's a repository of nearly every NES / Famicom PCB that exists...

 

If such a resource existed for Atari, we would be able to identify the game based on PCB pics alone.

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I don't think we'll find out anything else, I haven't heard from the person again.

I still can't believe he didn't just plug it in to the dang system and see...

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Well the issue was, he didn't have the physical cart, and the seller didn't have a 2600. *shrug*

So bring it to someone who does, just like we did with that Frankenstein's Monster cart a while back. It had an orange label on it that said "NEW RELEASE" and netiehr I or the person who owned it had any clue what it was... so we brought it to my place and tested it.

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Did sega make ANY 2600 games? Doesnt look like a proto to me. I believe protos have erasable eproms with stickers over them while this one doesnt have that.

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