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Information - Wizard

GenreArcade - MazeYear1980
ControlsJoystickPublisherAtari
Players1, 1 vs. 2CountryUSA
Programmer(s)

Crawford, Chris

Medium Cartridge
FormatNTSCRarity
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Additional Comments - Wizard

Since Wizard was never advertised in any Atari catalogs and it was never assigned a part number, most people don't even know of its existence. Unfortunately by the time Wizard was ready to be released (1980), Atari was starting to make 4K games with better sounds and graphics than their 2K predecessors. According to programmer Chris Crawford: 'It didn't fit well into the product line'. Wizard was simply too dated to be released as is, but probably could have been made into a decent 4K game had Atari wanted to take the time to retool it.

According to his wife: 'This is one of two development ROMs my husband Chris Crawford made for his game Wizard during the period September 1979 to January 1980. Wizard was the last 2K game made by Atari. After he took on the task with a 2K specification, Atari Marketing decided that 4K games sold so much better than 2K games, that there just wasn’t any point in making any more 2K games. They asked him to redesign the game for 4K and he refused. He maintained that he had designed a good game to fit into 2K and if they wanted a 4K game, he would start all over and design a good game for 4K. So they decided not to publish the game.'

The cart, box and manual are reproductions from 2007.

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