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#1 MaximumRD

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 06:19 PM

Starpath Supercharger for 2600.

 

Anyone have one? I don't but hope to someday just for collecting purposes more then anything, will have to wait though until things improve but always found the concept intriguing. So my understanding is the device plugs in like a cartridge and has built in memory (and maybe some other bits) to play more advanced games on Atari 2600 compatible systems? The original games came on cassette I know but various sources has converted them to mp3 so any mp3 playback device could be used instead.

 

I even have most of the games that were converted back to ROM format which I use on my Harmony Cart and yeah the games are pretty impressive, I played Frogger and could not believe the difference! I guess between my Harmony and converted roms there really is not much reason to own an original Super Charger other than the cool factor, well I think it's cool, that's why we love this stuff right?;) , what you see in this picture is about the only thing I have relating to the device, Stella Gets a new Brain v2.0, these are a collection of the Starpath compatible games on a CD in MP3 format, this was included with something I bought off Atariage a few years back I think, so when/if I do ever get one I can either use a CD player or transfer the MP3 from it and use an MP3 player to load the games.

 

Furthermore there was a collection called Worship the Woodgrain (4 cd's I think) that was a large collection of games converted to audio, over half of which could be played directly through the Supercharger and the other half IF you did some kind of mod to the Supercharger. Well, that is all I know about it through some quick searching BUT please if any of you guys actually own one feel free to chime in, correct anything I have stated as I am sure I am either missing some info or made some errors. Also, anything you like to add as far as what you think about the device, do you think it is worthwhile having and any other relevant thoughts thanks. 

 

 

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 06:47 PM

I had one as a kid and loved it!   Naturally, as a D&D nerd growing up...Dragonstomper was WAY ahead of its time and right up my alley.  

 

I've mentioned in chat of my dream of someday running a Supercharger on my System Changer through my Intellivoice, through my Intellivision II.   

 

I know you can load the games via MP3.


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 07:48 PM

I had one BITD and I loved it. Frogger and Commie Mutants were my favorites. Since I have a Harmony cart I have no use for it - although it's moot since someone stole mine.
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Posted 26 August 2015 - 10:01 PM

First game I heard about being used with SC was Frogger.

And Commie Mutants was one I wish I had played.

Even at the risk of facing the commitee. Or being blacklisted.

 

Yeah, Supercharger upped the capabilities of the cool little VCS but was very hard to find around here (Eastern Canada).

Too young for mail-orders and easily impressed by current 4-bit cart powers so it never came to be.


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 10:41 PM

I will add this...

At a time when you were getting ripped off for buying a crappy game like Pac-Man for the 2600 the Supercharger gave you your money's worth. When you played a Supercharger game you could feel, see and hear a more advanced game than what was the status quo for the 2600 at that time.

I just read an issue of Electronic Games from 1982 that reviewed the Supercharger and they said games only costed $15. What a bargain.

I remember having Phaser Patrol (of course since it's the pack-in), Commie Mutants, Frogger and Mindmaster. I recall Fireball and Suicide Mission but they may have been the demoes included with the other games.
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Posted 26 August 2015 - 11:23 PM

I've got one and have loved it for 30 years.
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Posted 27 August 2015 - 01:16 AM

I was going to get one - found a great deal online ($24.99). But they sold it recently so I'm waiting for them to get another back in stock.


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Posted 27 August 2015 - 01:00 PM

I've never used a Supercharger but I always liked the idea of it. And that you could get those CD/MP3 compilations. I thought the games looked closer to the NES or at least Coleco than some of the regular 2600 games that were out at that time.


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Posted 27 August 2015 - 04:15 PM

The Frogger port blows my mind to this day.  It just makes the 2600 feel like a whole new machine.


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 09:34 PM

Get one they are awesome, I only have a few tapes (never tried them) I load everything off of cd, works great.  The best part is showing your friends the tapes!


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 10:39 AM

I never knew this existed until it came up on the 2600 GBG podcast. I still haven't played any of the games yet, but those will be ther first ones I check out, if/when I get a Harmony cart.


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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:40 AM

I love the Supercharger. I don't use it as much now since you can play the roms in Stella. The games I've played so far are pretty great!


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 02:09 PM

I have always wondered why the Supercharger was not more successful? The games do look and play great considering they are running on a 2600. I know a majority of the cartridges were published by Atari. Just wondering why the third party publishers didn't take advantage. 

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:06 PM

I have always wondered why the Supercharger was not more successful? The games do look and play great considering they are running on a 2600. I know a majority of the cartridges were published by Atari. Just wondering why the third party publishers didn't take advantage. 

 

-S

 

The General Public hates add-on when it comes to game systems. They want simple and don't see the need to pay more to play games on system they already spent a lot of money on and already has a bunch of games available that doesn't need an add on.

 

From the Sega 32x to the NES Aladdin Deck Enhancer, they just don't succeed in the long run. And publishers want to target as big as an audience possible, so the go with the main system more times than not. Even the Sega CD, which was one of the most successful add-ons, failed to reach 10% of the user base of the Sega Genesis. And remember when Nintendo made the Expansion Pak for the N64? The basically gave them away with copies of DK64 and some systems to get users to adopt them. And even then, most N64 games did not take advantage of it.

 

The gamer geek in me really likes add-ons, but for practical economics it seems to always fail in gaming. 


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 10:48 PM

What he said.  Plus, Supercharger was released right before the big crash started.  I bought mine new on clearance sale! 


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:31 PM

I think it was a year or two late to the party, and was in limited release.   If it had a few years to get some momentum, I think it could have been a big deal.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:30 PM

I got my supercharger from 4jays and used it when I got the stella CD(which came the day after I got the supercharger)

still have both but don't use it since the harmony cart came out now just waiting for the 7800 version of harmony.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 04:35 AM

Funny how the internet preserves everything, had not thought about this in ages, then on another forum someone posted that pic of me in the first post holding the Stella Gets a New Brain CD, of course I Google image search Stella Gets a New Brain and find my image then click that just to return full circle back HERE lol. 

From a blog entry I did a couple years ago about the Starpath Supercharger, or rather the Blog entry Justin made from this original post, I never did get my own Starpath supercharger.  :P Now I kind of want one again, sure I can play most games on my Harmony Cart but would be cool to load as intended. 
The original blog HERE : http://www.atari.io/...ger-atari-2600/

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 07:25 AM

Talk about going full circle! :)  I remember when I first saw the SuperCharger years ago and I knew I had to have it.  It is a great piece of hardware for the 2600 and I really enjoyed the games on it.  The Frogger version for it is still one of my favorites to play.  It wasn't until last year, though, that I managed to finish my collection.  I was missing Party Mix and Sword of Saros and I finally got them.  :)


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:44 AM

Saw one of these at Destiny Games in Detroit for 50 bucks... I really had to restrain myself to not pick it up!

With the Harmony able to play the games though it just wasn’t a good buy for me... 10 bucks more and I can pick up a Harmony which can do so much more.
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