NorthWay wrote:The story of Atarisoft.
Who made all those wonderful C= 64 cart versions? Why/how did Ocean get rights to do Nintendo games over again? (And why did they want to when there already were some fine versions available?)
I can answer both of those questions, to a degree. All of the C64 Atarisoft games were contracted out to third parties. Some of those people I have managed to either find out who did a certain game, or actually conversed via email regarding their work. And yes, some of the proposed games never made it to completion. I spoke to the guy who did Mario Bros that wasn't released. He completed it, never got published. Got leaked somewhere as the final version he submitted is out there on the net.
As for why Ocean could convert Mario Bros and Donkey Kong again... it is all down to formats. When the games were licensed, cartridges were considered a different proposition to tape/disk, and there were separate deals made. It's like the fact that consoles used cartridges, so there was often one license for console releases, and one license for magnetic media. Hence Ocean got a new license for tape/disk releases here, in the same way that Parker Bros released a cartridge version of Frogger on the C64, but Sierra had a disk conversion out there too.