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Cartridge-type code list for Atari 5200 games


  • Banned

    Having painstakingly figured these out by trial and error, I figured I may as well share the info with everyone as I can't just upload the patched auto-starting ROMs.

    If you don't want to permanently modify your ROM files you can just choose the cartridge type from the list below whenever you want to play the game, and ignore everything else in this post.

    But if you want to patch your own ROMs so that they auto-launch every time - it only takes 5-10 minutes to do all 97 - launch any game from Emulation Station, then hit F1 to get into the Atari menus and choose Cartridge Management.

    From there choose Create Cartridge From ROM Image, then navigate to your ROMs folder (you only need to do this once per session). From where you start it should be [Retropie] then [roms] then [atari5200].

    Select your game ROM, then select the cartridge-type option from the list below. Save your ROM - if you just hit Enter without choosing a new name it'll overwrite the existing ROM, which is tidy but make sure you've made a backup of your 5200 ROMs folder beforehand in case of errors.

    Repeat the process as many times as you like for other ROMs. They'll now boot directly from the Emulation Station menu every time.

    (The same process also works for Atari 800 ROMs, incidentally, but is much easier for those as they're pretty much always the first option so you don't need a list.)

    So here's the list:

    Activision Decathlon: option 5 (in this case, "One chip 16KB 5200 cartridge")
    AE: option 5
    Asteroids: 2
    Astro Chase: 3
    Ballblazer: 1
    Barroom: 1
    Battlezone: 3
    Beamrider: 5
    Berzerk: 5
    Black Belt: 1
    Blueprint: 1
    Bounty Bob: 1
    Buck Rogers: 3
    Captain Beeble: 1
    Castle Blast: 1
    Centipede: 3
    Choplifter: 5
    Congo Bongo: 3
    Countermeasure: 3
    Defender: 3
    Dig Dug: 3
    Dreadnaught Factor: 2
    Frogger: 5
    Frogger II ThreeeDeep: 3
    Galaxian: 5
    Gorf: 5
    Gremlins: 1
    Gyruss: 3
    H.E.R.O.: 5
    James Bond: 3
    Joust: 3
    Jr Pac-Man: 3
    Jungle Hunt: 3
    K-Razy Shoot-Out: 2
    Kaboom: 1
    Kangaroo: 3
    Keystone Kapers: 2
    Looney Tines Hotel: 3
    Mario Bros: 1
    Meebzork: 1
    Megamania: 2
    Meteorites: 5
    Microgammon SB: 3
    Millipede: 5
    Miner 2049er: 5
    Miniature Golf: 3
    Missile Command: 1
    Montezuma's Revenge: 3
    Moon Patrol: 5
    Mountain King: 2
    Mr. Do!'s Castle: 2
    Ms. Pac-Man: 3
    Pac-Man: 3
    Pengo: 1
    Pitfall: 2
    Pitfall II: 5
    Pole Position: 3
    Popeye: 3
    Q*bert: 2
    Qix: 3
    Quest for Quintana Roo: 5
    Realsports Baseball: 1
    Realsports Basketball: 1
    Realsports Football: 3
    Realsports Soccer: 3
    Realsports Tennis: 3
    Rescue on Fractalus: 1
    River Raid: 3
    Road Runner: 3
    Robotron: 1
    Space Dungeon: 3
    Space Invaders: 3
    Space Shuttle: 5
    Sports Goofy: 3
    Star Raiders: 3
    Star Trek SOS: 3
    Star Wars Return of the Jedi: 2
    Star Wars The Arcade Game: 3
    Stargate: 3
    Super Breakout: 1
    Super Cobra: 3
    Super Pac-Man: 5
    Tempest: 5
    The Last Starfighter: 5
    Track & Field: 5
    Up'n'Down: 1
    Vanguard: 1
    Wizard of Wor: 1
    Xari Arena: 3
    Xevious: 1
    Zaxxon: 1
    Zenji: 2
    Zone Ranger: 5



  • @spudsmctoole
    For a few games, my list was slightly different than yours, maybe we have different roms?
    I went through each game one by one, and I just wanted to add my list
    Thank You to spudsmctoole for doing this. It motivated me to do it too, my list is almost identical except for Blue Print, Galaxian, Gorf, Missile Command, Qix, Robotron, Space Invaders.

    I also added the actual cartridge type title next to each game, to avoid confusion.
    The titles with a "^" in front are titles that spudsmctoole didn't have listed, I think they're all protos/demos.
    The titles with a "~" in front are titles that differed in cartridge type for me, from the ones spudsmctoole had listed above.

    A.E. = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Activision Decathlon = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Asteroids = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Astro Chase = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Ballblazer = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Barrom Baseball = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Battlezone (Proto) = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Beanrider = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    BerZerk = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Black Belt = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Blaster (Proto) = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Blue Print = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Boogie (Demo) = #1 Standard 4 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Bounty Bob Strikes Back (merged) = #1 Bounty Bob 40 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Buck Rogers - Planet of Zoom = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Captain Beeble = = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Carol Shaw's River Raid = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Castle Blast = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Castle Crisis = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Centipede = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Choperlift! = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Congo Bongo = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Countermeasure = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Defender = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Dig Dug = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Dreadnaught Factor = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ^ Final Legacy (Proto) = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ^ Frisky Tom (Proto) = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Frogger = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Frogger II = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Galaxian = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Gorf = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Gremlins = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Gyruss = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    H.E.R.O. = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    James Bond = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Joust = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Jr Pac-Man = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Jungle Hunt = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    K-Razy Shoot-Out = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Kaboom = #1 Standard 4 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Kangaroo = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Keystone Kapers = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ^ Koffi - Yellow Kopter = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Last Star Fighter = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Looney Tines Hotel = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Mario Bros = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Meebzork = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Megamania = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Meteorites = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Microgammon SB = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Millipede = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Miner 2049er = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Miniature Golf = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Missile Command = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Montezuma's Revenge = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Moon Patrol = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Mountain King = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Mr. Do!'s Castle = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Ms. Pac-Man = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Pac-Man = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Pengo = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Pitfall = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Pitfall II = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Pole Position = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Popeye = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Q#bert = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Qix = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Quest for Quintana Roo = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Realsports Baseball = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Realsports Basketball = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Realsports Football = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Realsports Soccer = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Realsports Tennis = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Rescue on Fractalus = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Road Runner = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Robotron = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Space Dungeon = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Space Invaders = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Space Shuttle = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ^ Spitfire (proto) = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Sports Goofy = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Star Raiders = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Star Trek SOS = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Star Wars Return of the Jedi = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Star Wars The Arcade Game = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Stargate = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Super Breakout = #1 Standard 4 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Super Cobra = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Super Pac-Man = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Tempest = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Track & Field = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Up'n'Down = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Vanguard = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    ~ Wizard of Wor = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Xari Arena = #3 Two Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Xevious = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Yellow Submarine DEMO = #1 Standard 4 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Zaxxon = #1 Standard 32 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Zenji = #2 Standard 8 KB 5200 Cartridge
    Zone Ranger = #5 One Chip 16 KB 5200 Cartridge



  • Going to give this a go maybe this weekend. Great bit of help. Do you know what set your roms are from?



  • I've been wanting a simple launch-from-cartridge interface for classic Atari 8-bit for some time. But can this be done to emulate the behaviors of an Atari XE? That's what I had as a kid. I sure would love to play the XE Blue Max, and launch any 8-bit home computer cartridges from ES.



  • What about the Atari 800 E.T. Phone Home. I can't seem to get that one to work at all.



  • @TPR Super late reply, but this is one game that is known to fail if you have SIO acceleration turned on. Try turning it off and see if that works.


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