City officials reveal some Atari findings

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – It has been almost a week since archeologists uncovered thousands of Atari video games from an Alamogordo landfill.

Since the dig, all of the findings have been stored at a secret location.

Friday, city officials finally sorted through all of the historical treasure.

“It’s just interesting to look at it and games there are because there are some very rare games we have in there,” said Joe Lewandowski.

Lewandowski is in charge of categorizing all of the games.

He and his team sifted through, of course, hundreds of E.T. cartridges, but that’s not all.

They also found more than 20 other Atari games.

“We found everything from Centipede to Space Invaders to Asteroids and Palea the soccer,” said Lewandowski.

And not to mention Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man.

One of the most surprising discoveries though was the condition of the games.

“Some are actually in shrink wrap that you can actually hang on the rod at Target and it says Target $32.99,” said Lewandowski.

The team also found game consoles, instruction pamphlets and specialty boxes.

Lewandowski says it could be weeks before they know exactly what and how many games were unearthed.

City officials are still deciding what to do with all of the games.

They say some of them will be given to the Smithsonian. Others will be sold. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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