Quoted from shimoda:
These Atlantis threads need to stop. Gottlieb needs to reopen their doors and build a bunch of retrophile EMs starting with Atlantis, Abra Ca Dabra and Dodge City!
Herb Silvers tried this with King of Diamonds, which was a really good EM.
It was a great idea, but as Cactus Jack can attest, it wasn't really an EM at all. It had the cab and the internals of an SS game, despite the score reels used. The playfield looked like KoD, but the game simply didn't play like an EM. It didn't have the feel, the sound, you name it, of a true EM.
I was very excited by it when it came out. Then I played it. To say it was a let down is putting it mildly. I've never liked the look of that cabinet in the first place. I understand why it's used, but it's not an EM cab. They did it to be able to make the game a multiplayer but still, it just didn't look right. The reels didn't work like EM reels, you name it, it just wasn't right.
It was a wonderful idea and they did the best they could with it, but it was just not right. I haven't played Whoa Nellie, but I would assume it's pretty much in the same boat.
Nobody is going to make a true EM with the switches and relays and everything. So it's up to us to preserve all of them that we can, regardless of game play/manufacturer, because what is left is all there's ever going to be.