Talk:Superman (1979 video game)

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Year or Release?[edit]

Does anyone know the exact year of release on this?

It's either 1978 or 1979 i've seen several cartridge and packaging scans that claim both years and websites that claim both years. I've even seen some claim 1980! Can anyone help out? Andrzejbanas 01:11, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Moby Games claims it was published in 1978. I looked at a box scan at Atari Age, and the box says "copyright 1978." I'm guessing it came out in 1978, as stated by supposed authorities, but only just in time for Christmas, thus perhaps giving some people the impression it didn't come out until 1979 (since it was '79 before they realized it was out). KevinOKeeffe (talk) 06:32, 10 March 2009 (UTC)


Game was advertised as "coming soon" in a 1979 catalog. Source: The Atari Video Computer System Catalog, CO14356-Rev. C 77.182.63.139 (talk) 21:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

There's no way it was 1978. The game started based off the Adventure kernel proof of concept,[1] which itself was done by the end of July '78. According to Robinett, he went on vacation and came back and they wanted him to turn it into Superman. He delayed and talked his way out of it until John Dunn accepted. For a game to be out for the Christmas season, it would have needed to be at the production group and manufacturing by September. Which by all accounts seems to be around when Superman was first starting. Game development on average took about six months, and this being one of the first expansive games (along with Adventure) would probably have taken longer. So even with the minimum six months we're looking at the game done being coded around early spring '79. 1978 was just the copyright date in relation to Superman and the licensing. This game was being done in relation to the Superman movie that was first being released that December. --Marty Goldberg (talk) 21:33, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 08:43, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Additional Bug/Cheat[edit]

The BTECH Newsletter on Atari 2600 games from 1995 lists the following bug for the game:

Hold down the button down as you power on the game. Wait for two

seconds to pass and release. Superman won't change into Clark Kent, and the bridge won't explode. You'll find the bridge pieces in the subway, but don't worry about it. All you need to do is capture Lex Luthor and his men (and return to the Daily Planet). This bug may only work on text-label copies.

Can anyone verify this and add it if really does happen? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.105.186.124 (talk) 20:54, 12 July 2013 (UTC)