iA big while ago I reported this to the AtariAge forums, but I found some more details and hadn’t posted it to my blog yet. Here’s the story.
While looking into Intellivision I noticed that there is a game called NASL Soccer (or just Soccer) that has this box art:
After seeing this I checked my collection of Atari Lynx titles and dug up European Soccer Challenge. I was amazed to see the following:
Notice how the box art is the same as for the Intellivision game, except that the image … is mirrored. When trying to not let it resemble the original box art too closely, the mirroring seemed like a good thing. Unfortunately there was a number in the picture: the number 6 for the player in the red shirt. Well, that’s easy to fix, right?
You can make an 8 out of a 6. A bit sloppy, but it works. What’s even more sloppy is the fact that the not-so-professional graphics editor forgot to change the other number on the player’s shorts.
What I didn’t know at the time is that there is another Telegames soccer game for the Atari 2600. It also has the same box art.
This begs the question who was first. I had a look at that and here are my findings:
|NASL Soccer||Intellivision||1979 or 1980|
|European Soccer Challenge||Telegames||1993|
It seems that Telegames “borrowed” some graphics on two occasions. Could it be part of the deal and licensing? Who knows.