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And now for something completely different.  We've made an update to the VideoBrain page!  Check out the new Information Manager page to get the skinny on this newly discovered, once thought to be vaporware, VB cartridge.

Elf Adventure on the Shelf

Ok I swear I'll stop it with the Christmas themed updates (what, it's only February!).  Today we have another small update (no pun intended).  We here at Atariprotos have dug up some more information about Elf Adventure.  We've also discovered that there are two other earlier versions of this prototype (only one works however).  Check out the Elf Adventure page for more info.

Of Frogs and Pigs

A Small update today.  I've updated the information on the Miss Piggy's Wedding page to reflect some new information and theories about the origin of the game.  It's hard to believe that I never noticed this before, but that's what binge watching Muppets movies will do for you.

And a Pink New Year!

It's a brand new year here at AtariProtos, but we're still stuck in the past.  Today's update is a overhaul of the Pursuit of the Pink Panther review I did several years ago.  I decided it was time to update the review with new information and pictures.   Enjoy!

Merry Grouchmas!

Ho! Ho! Whatever...  We've got a special holiday treat for all you grouchy boys and girls out there.  Thanks to AtariAge member Wickeycolumbus, we now have access to a very different early version of Oscars Trash Race.  This prototype, while incomplete, tells an interesting tale of flase starts and abandoned ideas.  Be sure to check it out!


The Deviousness of Xevious (and more)!

Just when you think you’ve got the whole story on a game, some new information is uncovered.  Such is the case with Xevious for the Atari 2600.  Once thought to have been cancelled halfway through development, an almost complete version of the game has turned up.  Not only does this version have updated graphics and gameplay, but features tons of new enemies and ground targets.  It’s simply stunning how much arcade action can be crammed into an 8K cart.  Check out the Xevious page for more information.
Xevious isn’t the only new prototype to turn up unexpectedly.  Morse Code Tutor (which may or may not be its real name) is an interesting prototype which was to be used as an aid to teach people Morse code.  The origins of this prototype are a bit murky and it’s not complete, but it’s still worth examining.  Keep an eye on this page for more information in the future.
While it may not be newly discovered, Elf Adventure is still a bit of an enigma.   Discovered in 2009 but only released last year, this early sequel to Adventure show a lot of promise but raises numerous questions.  It is said that other revisions of this prototype and a design document exist, but neither has been made public.  Still, we’ll examine a very early version of the game that was released and attempt to unravel its mysteries.
The 3-D Rubik’s Cube page has been updated to add some recently discovered information about the origin of this unique game.  Was 3-D Rubik’s Cube almost released on a cart with Atari Video Cube?  You’ll have to read the page to find out!
Next up, some programmer recognitions.  Lou Harp has been identified as the programmer for the 2600 version of Sinistar while Noelie Alito and Mark Ackerman are now listed for 2600 Moon Patrol
Our last update has to do with prototype boxes.  This picture of the GCC booth at the CES show shows a large number of prototype boxes for varoius games.  Of interest is 8-bit Crystal Castles and Mario Bros (top row), 5200 Millipede and Xevious (middle row), and 2600 Xevious (bottom row).  Info on these prototype boxes have been added to the appropriate pages.

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