Even if the title screen says 1984, Paperboy was released in April 1985.
3,442 units were produced. The selling price was $2,495.
On Monday, June 30, 1986; Mr. Mark Caesar and Mr. Robin Hallingstad filed a suit against Atari Games Corp. for $1 million plus profits alleging that the company stole the idea for a video game that was marketed by the name of PAPERBOY. The boys had submitted to Atari a detailed proposal for a similar game in July 1983.
After a score of 10,000,000 or more is achieved, the initial in the top 10 ranking merges with the score to produce a truly impressive score display. For example, if you had top score at 10,000,000, this would appear as '110000000'.
The default high score screen of "Cyberball 2072
" features names of many Atari arcade games, including PAPERBOY.
Phil Britt holds the official record for this game ('Grand Slam' score of all three streets combined) with 1,136,435 points.
The main character appears on the 2012 animation movie "Wreck-It Ralph" from Walt Disney Animation Studios.