Dig Dug © 1982 Atari, Incorporated.
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|Dig Dug was released in May 1982 in North America by Atari, under license from Namco. |
20,504 upright units were produced by Atari. There were also 1,219 cocktail units and 505 cabaret units produced.
Dig Dug was NOT the first game that Atari licensed from Namco, as is common belief. That honor goes to "F-1", the 3-D racing game from 1976 that projected a race track on a screen using a rolling film. Hardly anybody in Atari coin-op liked Dig Dug except for Brian McGhie (who later joined Starpath) and Owen Rubin. It was McGhie who added the finishing touches to Dig Dug. Rubin still owns an upright prototype cabinet of Dig Dug with hand-drawn artwork, and still considers it one of his favorite games of all time. The ROMs in his prototype are the actual production ROMs.
The background graphics are slightly different in these Atari versions; the earth is less regular than the Namco versions
In 1982, Atari released a set of 12 collector pins including : "Missile Command", "Battle Zone", "Tempest", "Asteroids Deluxe", "Space Duel", "Centipede", "Gravitar", "Dig Dug", "Kangaroo", "Xevious", "Millipede" and "Food Fight".
A Dig Dug unit appears in 1983 movie 'WarGames'.
Michael Jackson used to own this game (Namco Upright model). It was sold at the official Michael Jackson Auction on April 24, 2009.
The main character, as weel as a Fygar and a Pooka, appear in the 2012 animation movie "Wreck-It Ralph" from Pixar.
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