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|image= Birthday Mania cartridge.jpg
|imagecaption=Cartridge of the game.
|datefound=31 Jul '19
'''''Birthday Mania''''' is an Atari 2600 game developed in 1984 by a young programmer named Anthony Tokar. The game itself never had any commercial release, but was instead advertised in the ''Newark Star Ledger'' newspaper. Buyers would mail a check to Tokar and receive the game personalized with their name on the title screen. The game featured many birthday-themed activities including blowing out birthday candles and popping balloons.<ref>[http://www.retrogamescollector.com/weird-and-rare-birthday-mania-atari-2600/ Retro Games Collecteor article on the game.] Retrieved 07 Mar '18</ref>
''Birthday Mania'' was developed in 1984 by Anthony Tokar, who was inspired to make the game out of his love for Atari. He taught himself how to program the 6502 chip, and spent several months developing the game.<ref name="R2">[http://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page-1 AtariAge forum thread on the game.] Retrieved 07 Mar '18</ref> It only sold somewhere from 10 to 15 copies, only one of which has been found and verified by Atari collector Jerry Grainer. It is likely that these low sales were partly due to the video game crash of 1983, a severe decline in the North American video game market from 1983 to 1985. A more obvious reason for its rarity could be the fact that it had no commercial release.
In 2009, a copy of the game surfaced at auction; the highest known offer was $6,500, but the game went unsold. The game today is believed to be worth anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000.<ref name="R2"/>
In 2012, AtariAge user Atari_Warlord contacted Tokar, inquiring about the game and the possibility of reproductions. Tokar stated he would give away the copyright as long as any profits went to charity.<ref name="R2"/> However, the game would remain undumped for quite some time.
On November 16th, 2015, YouTube user Trevgauntlet uploaded a high-quality video of gameplay from ''Birthday Mania'' being played on the Stella emulator. According to Trevgauntlet, the footage is from a man named Thomas Jentzsch.
On July 31st, 2019, Tokar's personalized ROM was dumped by Atari_Warlord.<ref>[https://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page/10/?tab=comments#comment-4320309 AtariAge forum comment displaying the original ROM dump.] Retrieved 02 Aug '19</ref> An unpersonalized ROM was later dumped by AtariAge user Shawn the same day.<ref>[https://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page/11/?tab=comments#comment-4320447 AtariAge forum comment displaying a ROM dump without personalization.] Retrieved 02 Aug '19</ref>
[[File:Birthday_mania.jpg|thumb|305px|center|The first screenshot of the game to appear online.]]
|description1 =A video of gameplay taken from Thomas Jentzsch.
|description2 =A video discussing about the video game's origins. Courtesy of Evil Pixel.