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I bought a brand new copy of Realsports Tennis and noticed it had a "p" on the end label. I was curious about why it has that and tried to look it up, but all I could find was that apparently a few other games like Joust have a variant with that too, apparently.

 

I tried searching the forums on here too, but wasn't having much luck. Anyone know what the story is behind this? I'm just curious.

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It usually indicates that it is a PAL version and not NTSC. But there are some exceptions.

One I know of for sure because I have it is the 1985 Atari Corp Joust release. It has a P on the end label but my copy is NTSC. Colors are good and the picture doesn’t roll.

In this pic the Joust is really NTSC but the Asterix is PAL.

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That's how the label of my Tennis looks.

 

It's going to be a real bummer if it turns out the one I bought is a PAL game (my system is packed away at the moment, so I can't just immediately boot it up).

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Coincidentally I also had a Joust for a while with a "P" on the end-label.  I forget if it was Atari Inc. or Atari Corp. but I was probably the right age that it could have been either.  Atari Corp. didn't always have the greatest quality control.

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On 3/7/2022 at 10:56 PM, groundtrooper said:

It usually indicates that it is a PAL version and not NTSC. But there are some exceptions.

One I know of for sure because I have it is the 1985 Atari Corp Joust release. It has a P on the end label but my copy is NTSC. Colors are good and the picture doesn’t roll.

In this pic the Joust is really NTSC but the Asterix is PAL.

4515565577910b1a2836f52436df88c4.jpg


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Nice boxed games, ya bum. 😛

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There's always a possibility that someone glued a "p" end label on an NTSC version. It's part of the reason I don't put variations of text Atari labels that may have a 1st text main label and 2nd text end label. Too easy to create.

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It's possible, yes, and reason enough to be wary of any one particular example.  But there are plenty out there to show this was definitely something happening at the factory.

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