Before the current console wars with Nintendo, X-Box and Playstation, there was Sega vs. Nintendo and Atari at the birth of home video gaming consoles. I have always had a place in my heart for those retro video game consoles. These are the video games systems that I grew up on during my youth.
AtGames has announced its Fall 2017 lineup which includes classic gaming consoles and portable game players that will be available at all major retailers this Fall.
• All-new Atari Flashback® 8 Gold
Features 120 built-in all-time favorite games. Includes legends like Activision’s Pitfall!™ and Taito’s Space Invaders, as well as Atari 2600 classics like Kaboom!™, River Raid™, Centipede™, and Millipede™. Included with the system are two all new, high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, stylized after the Atari 2600 originals, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joystick or paddles. Other all-new features for the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
• Atari Flashback® 8 Classic
This is a reissue in a new value-priced edition, complete with 105 all-time favorites. New additions to the game line-up include Activision legends like Pitfall!™, Kaboom!™, and River Raid™. Two wired controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joystick or paddles.
• Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player
Features an amazing selection of 70 built-in games, including the legendary BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment arcade hit, PAC-MAN™. Other blockbuster games include Dig Dug™, Pitfall!™ and Frogger™, and you can even add your own games with an optional SD card. Built-in, rechargeable battery for on-the-go fun and games can be played on the high resolution 2.8″ display or on a TV via optional cable.
• All-new Sega Genesis Flashback
New design, reminiscent of the original Sega Genesis console, and features 85 built-in games as well as an integrated cartridge port that plays almost all of your favorite Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges. Built-in all time favorites include the Sonic™ series, Mortal Kombat™ series, Phantasy Star™ series, and Shining Force™ series of games. Two high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers stylized after the Sega Genesis originals, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired gamepads. Other new features for the Sega Genesis Flashback include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
• Classic Game Console
This is a reissue in a new value-priced edition, complete with 81 all-time favorites. New additions to the game line-up include role-playing and strategy legends, Shining Force™, Shining Force II™, and Shining in the Darkness™. Two wired controllers, styled after the Sega Genesis originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired controllers.
• Ultimate Portable Game Player
Returns with an enhanced selection of 85 built-in 16-bit Sega Genesis and Mega Drive classic games. The selection of blockbuster games include new additions PAC-PANIC™ and Splatterhouse2™, as well as many more surprises. You can even add your own games with an optional SD card. Save game support for the included Phantasy Star™ series role-playing games. Built-in, rechargeable battery for on-the-go fun and games can be played on the high resolution 2.8″ display or on a TV via optional cable.
I may have to get these systems just to replay some of my favorites from my youth. I used to love playing all the Activision games on the Atari 2600, especially Stampede and Keystone Kapers. They included 3 of the 4 Swordquest games: Earthworld, Fireworld and Waterworld. I played Earthworld, but never played the other two games. Even two of my favorites Sega games are included in the system: Gain Ground and Comix Zone. Plus the Sega system can play some of the original game cartridges and the Atari 2600 system can use the original controllers, all of which I still possess.
For more information on these gaming system consoles, the full list of games and scheduled release dates, visit www.atgames.net.