Xonox

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Xonox, a division of K-tel Software Inc., was an American third-party manufacturer of cartridges for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Commodore 64 and Commodore VIC-20 in the early 1980s. Xonox was one of many small video game companies to fold during the Video Game Crash of 1983.

History[edit]

Xonox, based in Minnesota, started developing Atari cartridges during the height of the 2600's popularity.[1] Xonox capitalized on the novelty and perceived value of "double-ender" cartridges. These could be inserted into the console on one of the two ends, each end offering a different game. Different double-ender configurations could package the same game with different counterparts. Xonox was not the first company to try this; Playaround did it earlier with their adult-themed titles.[2] Xonox eventually abandoned this idea and began releasing single versions of some of the titles previously offered as double-enders as well as a few new titles.

Games released[edit]

For the Atari 2600[edit]

Standard cartridges[edit]

Double-enders[edit]

  • Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Superkicks
  • Artillery Duel/Ghost Manor
  • Artillery Duel/Spike's Peak
  • Chuck Norris Superkicks/Ghost Manor
  • Chuck Norris Superkicks/Spike's Peak
  • Ghost Manor/Spike's Peak
  • Robin Hood/Sir Lancelot[3]
  • Motocross Racer/Tomarc the Barbarian

For the ColecoVision[edit]

Standard cartridges[edit]

Double-enders[edit]

  • Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Superkicks
  • Motocross Racer/Tomarc the Barbarian
  • Robin Hood/Sir Lancelot

For the Commodore 64[edit]

  • Artillery Duel
  • Chuck Norris Superkicks
  • Ghost Manor
  • Motocross Racer
  • Robin Hood
  • Sir Lancelot
  • Spike's Peak
  • Tomarc the Barbarian

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchanan, Levi (August 27, 2008). "Xonox and the Double-Enders". IGN. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Companies - Xonox". AtariAge. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Atari 2600 - Xonox - Double Ender Label Variation". AtariAge. Retrieved January 26, 2012.