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Outback Joey -- Major Board Revision?

Aug 10, 2018 at 12:52:05 AM
Archon (19)

(Stephan Reese) < Flicky >
Posts: 5 - Joined: 05/23/2016

So I've either found a board revision of Outback Joey, or one of these is a fake. I'm shouting it from the mountain tops to try to figure out which is the truth, so I'm sorry if you see this post a million places.

The "double chip board" here is a cart that I bought with a CIB Heartbeat system, so I'm pretty darn sure it is real. It also looks like other Joey boards I've seen, and It looks like the boards from the additional prototype heartbeat games that never hit production.

The single chip board was one I got from ebay.

Both games behave identically as they should: They both boot when you have the heartbeat controller plugged in, and both don't boot if you do not have it plugged in.

The label colors ARE a little different, but the print quality is identical, and they both show signs of significant aging.

What I THINK this is, is a case of the manufacturer having a bunch of prototype boards and choosing to pack them in the early production units to save cost. Then switching to the more standard board when those ran out.

If anyone can confirm or deny this hypothesis, please let me know!

Aug 10, 2018 at 1:54:01 AM
Archon (19)

(Stephan Reese) < Flicky >
Posts: 5 - Joined: 05/23/2016
The more im searching the more im positive theyre revisions. Johnny Iucci's cart matches the 2 chip (sharpe corner label, purchased in 2011), while John Hancock's matches the 1 chip (rounded label, he wouldnt show me the board).

Edit: So I've found posts going as far back as 2006 about Joey having EPROMS (see attached), so I'm feeling pretty good about these both being real.

More Edits!

So Over the last day I've found more and more evidence that both these carts are real.
I've looked at a half dozen other privately held copies. Check it out:
Re the square Label:
Video Game History Museum Copy:
Johnny Iucci's Copy. I know for a fact that this copy hasnt changed hands since 2011:
Chilimac's Copy:
GammaRay's Copy with matching board pics:
Speaking to the board, there is GammaRay's copy showing the identical board above...
Here is Johnny's board:
Also, here is the board for a known prototype of an unreleased game for the Heartbeat:
and this forum post from 2006 taking about the board having EPROMS:
So, IF that label and/or board are not legit -- someone was faking them as early as 2005, and are in the hands of at least a half dozen collectors who believe them to be real.

Edited: 08/10/2018 at 12:14 PM by Archon

Aug 15, 2018 at 11:14:21 PM
Funkatron (1)

< Tom-Tom >
Posts: 52 - Joined: 04/15/2017
Wow that single chip one is crazy. I now own the one In photo #6 of other Joey pics. It is probly the ugliest of the oj carts LMAO but I'm still proud of it.

But just wanted to let you know mine is two eprom chip as well. 10/1993

Very cool find, definitely worth keeping (if it's real lol) either way it's a rare fake lol

Edited: 08/16/2018 at 12:51 AM by Funkatron