RealSports Tennis

A prototype exists, dated 11-19-82, that shows the name as The Atari Open on the title screen (picture #1).  There’s no player name entry, so there’s nothing next to the scores (picture #2).  It also doesn’t have the secret 4-player mode described below.

Animator Dave Joly felt the game might have been called Vic Braden’s Atari Tennis or Vic Braden’s Tennis at some point during its development.

Secret 4-player mode!  At the first game screen, press 0 on the keypad to put the game in doubles mode, and then press 4 for “Sean Special” mode (for programmer Sean W. Hennessy – picture #3).  {John Hardie}

This is the same as Atari Tennis for the 400/800, except Atari Tennis has a title/trophy screen (picture #4), and a copyright date of 1983 (instead of 1982), but it lacks the 5200 version’s hidden 4-player mode (although the text for the message is still in the code).

The “RealSports” moniker was added to the packaging after the game was completed, which is why it’s not mentioned anywhere onscreen. 



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