In January 2010 Kirakid from the Nintendo Age Forum was able to find a previusly unknow NES Sound Editor at a Swap Meet in Orange County California. It was later discovered that this cart is a prototype music development tool created by Tommy Tallarico (the artist who wrote the music for more than 250 games, including the Earthworm Jim series, Messiah, MDK, Wild 9, Unreal, Cool Spot and Maximo) to write an NES Sound engine that he put on Color A Dinosaur.
After Kirakid sold this prototype to the NA community, Mr.Mark and BeaglePuss dumped and released it for everyone to enjoy. You can download Tommy Tallarico’s Play Me Sound Editor from the Nintendo Age Forum!
Also, Tommy commented this find on the Nintendo Age Forum (thanks to Frank Cifaldi):
“Holy shit! Yeah… those are my carts. And the “Tommy T.” label is my handwriting. The “Golf Power” was an old cartridge casing that I erased over… I was a game tester for Golf Power so when the game was completed I used the cart to put an NES sound engine on it for when I was working on Color A Dinosaur!
It’s actually a pretty historical cartridge because Color A Dinosaur is always heralded as the worst game I ever worked on… which drives the price of the actual NES cart up because so many people try to find it. I’ve signed a ton of those things. The complete NES Color A Dinosaur story can be found here.
There are a handful of videos on YouTube of the game
Also… that was right during the time when I went from a game tester to a composer (which is why I used my Greg Norman cart).
Make sure to pass on this info and the story with the cart. It’s a pretty interesting piece.”
Huge props to Kirakid, BeaglePuss and Mr.Mark for sharing this interesting piece of NES history with the community!