Atari Promises Gaming Flashback

Atari Promises Gaming Flashback

Coming in time for the holiday season, Atari Flashback is a stand-alone, plug-and-play unit filled with 20 classic Atari games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Breakout and the never-before-released Saboteur. Atari Flashback, a hybrid of the classic Atari 2600 and 7800 consoles, is modeled to resemble a smaller replica of the 7800 and plugs directly into the TV, for easy access and instant gratification.

Flashback is one of the many retro steps Atari is taking, including the release of Atari Anthology, a round up of 85 vintage Atari games being released for the first time for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The popualrity of retro games has been proved repeatedly, with the latest success belonging to Nintendo and the move of many classic titles to the GBA. This latest trend is bound to further fuel recent speculation that the industry may be facing the equivalent of writer's block with new, original IPs becoming a rarity and game franchises and movie tie-ins becoming the norm.

Today's huge universe of video games fans got its start with these vintage Atari games and the old Atari consoles, said Wim Stocks, executive vice president of sales and marketing. For those gamers, Atari Flashback is a rush of nostalgia and retro fun; for younger gamers, it's a chance to see where it all began and try their hand at gaming old-school style. It's a must-have gift for the holidays.

Returning 20 years after the introduction of the Atari 7800, Atari Flashback is a smaller replica of the original Atari 7800 system and comes with two joystick controllers, power supply and a TV cable so gamers can quickly and easily connect to their TV and start playing. Atari Flashback features 20 classic games that defined a generation of players, as well as one previously unreleased game, Saboteur.

The complete list of games found in Atari Flashback includes:

- Adventure
- Air Sea Battle
- Asteroids
- Battlezone
- Breakout
- Canyon Bomber
- Centipede
- Crystal Castles
- Desert Falcon
- Food Fight
- Gravitar
- Haunted House
- Millipede
- Planet Smashers
- Saboteur
- Sky Diver
- Solaris
- Sprintmaster
- Warlords
- Yar's Revenge

Atari Flashback will be available in November for a suggested retail price of USD 44.95.