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Atari Reintroduces the Legendary 2600 Console

This isn't arcade or pinball-related, but it does involve classic video games so I'll allow it. This morning Atari announced that it is bringing back the legendary 2600 video game console. The new 2600+ console has HDMI output and plays Atari 2600 and 7800 cartridges. Priced at $129.99, pre-orders are open now with the first deliveries expected to begin in November.


The price includes the console itself, one OG Atari joystick and a 10 game cartridge. Additional original joysticks cost $24.99 each. A set of OG paddle controllers and a cartridge with four games is available for $39.99. The paddle games are Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Night Driver and Video Olympics.


I had a Pong game when I was super little, but the Atari was my first real video game console. I remember the day that my Dad brought one home from Sears. I played the heck out of that machine in my youth. I still have my actual original Atari console and a bunch of the cartridges today. I used to LOVE games like Seaquest, River Raid, Combat, Air Sea Battle, so many good memories...


I give Atari a lot of credit for the moves that they've been making lately. The Atari "Recharged" series of games based on classics like Asteroids, Centipede, etc... are fantastic. I play the heck out of them on my Steam Deck. The Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration collection of games is outstanding as well. Things like the VCS and the speaker hat (HAHA) were real duds, but Atari seems to be on the right track now. Good for them. I like to see them keeping this iconic brand alive. I wish that Atari would acquire some of the old Activision titles that were available on its systems back in the day, like Pitfall, Seaquest, River Raid, etc...



"Enjoy your favorite Atari 2600 and 7800 games on one system. Not only does the Atari 2600+ pull double cartridge duty, it also features HDMI and widescreen mode for easy connectivity to modern TVs.


Jump right in with the included CX40+ Joystick and a 10-in-1 game cartridge that features some of Atari’s most famous games like Adventure®, Missile Command®, and Yars' Revenge®.


Features


The Atari 2600+ is an updated version of the iconic Atari 2600 and has been enhanced in the following ways:


- Plays both Atari 2600 and 7800 game cartridges- HDMI output makes it easy to connect- Widescreen mode- Enlarged cartridge socket reduces sticking- Atari logo lights up when being played


The system comes with a CX40+ Joystick which has been lovingly recreated to the same specifications as the original, and a 10-in-1 game cartridge featuring some of Atari’s most famous games: Adventure®, Combat®, Dodge 'Em™, Haunted House®, Maze Craze™, Missile Command®, RealSports® Volleyball, Surround™, Video Pinball™, Yars' Revenge®."



















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Pete Rocha
Pete Rocha
Aug 29, 2023

If you covered classic and arcade games more often, I think that would be fine with most of us! Sometimes pinball news is buzzing and others (like recently) it's slow as molasses.

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KING HENRY
KING HENRY
Aug 25, 2023

yeah, looking at the price now..o u c h. and just more wired joysticks for the landfill. the above posters are right..and the Atari Flashback2 is definitely a WAAYYY better value, and for more games.

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Ray Futch
Ray Futch
Aug 25, 2023

Why wouldn't it come with a Bluetooth controller .It seems like an awesome game but did they miss the mark by introducing new games .

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KING HENRY
KING HENRY
Aug 22, 2023

oh sweet, it comes with 'Adventure'..one of the coolest and weirdest Atari games ever..me and my twin marveled at the strangeness of that game. I aquired an original console and modded the video output to have a composite output. I'm with you on Combat and Air Sea Battle; good times with Dad and my other brother, back in '82-'83. Pitfall was pretty epic. We also had an Intellivision, colecovision, and a few other odd ones. Then the NES killed all of that, lol. Then the Sega Genesis..the rest is history.

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JeffS
JeffS
Aug 22, 2023

Atari 2600 was the only game system my family ever purchased. Many hours of fun were had. We probably bought ten cartridges and played them often. Even traded cartridges among friends. To be 10 years old again.

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