Bizarre NES Ports of Atari 2600/7800 Games

We’ve got our hands on some ports of classic Atari 2600 games to the NES. All your favorites are here, there’s Adventure, Millipede, and everyone’s favorite, Air Sea Battle. If you ever wanted to play a terribly broken version of Gravitar with an NES controller, here’s your chance.

These are direct, 1 to 1 ports. that means that aside from the fact that they run on NES hardware/emulators, they look identical to their 2600/7800 incarnations (generally speaking). Unfortunately, the sound in these games is completely different from the originals. These ports also play far worse than the originals in a lot of cases. I tested all of these on real hardware. I can’t vouch for how they perform on emulators.

Included in this package are:

Adventure – You too, can play the only Atari 2600 game Reddit is aware of. now with more painful controls. The ending sequence is also so screwed up it has to be seen to be believed.
Air Sea Battle – A game that was outdated before the NES even existed. There are Tiger Handheld games that play better than this garbage.
Asteroids – The 7800 version. I know the 2600 version was also ported, but I can’t find it. There doesn’t seem to be any momentum in this version.
Battlezone – I’d never played Battlezone until today. Seems pretty cool.
Canyon Bomber – Nobody on planet Earth asked for this. Nobody.
Centipede – I think it’s the 7800 version. I can’t be assed to check.
Crystal Castles – An abhorrent port of a great game.
Desert Falcon – 7800 game. It’s like a terrible version of Zaxxon.
Food Fight – A very difficult to find, yet great game. The NES version is still the worst version.
Gravitar – An ambitious but ultimately frustrating game becomes even worse due to having some of the most annoying sound effects ever.
Haunted House – The most terrifying thing about this ROM is that it’s completely broken on real hardware.
Millipede – 2600 version. it might just be me, but I’m pretty sure this stole it’s sound effects from the HAL Laboratory port.
Planet Smashers – 7800 game. I didn’t play it. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you shouldn’t either.
Saboteur – It’s one of those “what is even happening” kind of Atari games.
Sprintmaster – imagine if R.C. Pro AM was ported to the Atari 2600, then back to the NES. Yes.
Warlords – A single player, paddle free version of Warlords. It’s as horrifying as it sounds
Yars Revenge – Somehow, the effect for completing a stage is nowhere near as smooth as the 2600 version. I presume it has something to do with the NES being tile based, and the devs being too lazy to port the game properly.


So yeah, if you were expecting to make some awesome repro compilation of these games for your perusal, don’t. They’d be a waste of good ICs. Everything here is mostly garbage and I’m uploading them solely for archival purposes. If you own these and want me to take them down, contact me and I’ll happily do so. I can’t imagine anyone would care seeing as how the device these were dumped from has been off the market for 15 years. Not to mention the fact that Atari actively encouraged downloading roms of their games with the latest Atari Flashback console.

If I find any more of these monstrosities I’ll add them.


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