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Atari Making Cartridge Games Again

By SantaEatsCheese

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#1 1 year ago

Atari has come full circle and is making cartridge games for the Atari 2600 again.

https://atari.com/collections/shop?filter.p.product_type=Cartridge&sort_by=manual

Yes... you can buy a new OEM cartridge for a gaming system released... 45 years ago. We are in full retro mode now.

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#2 1 year ago

Never understood the retro gaming thing. I play them and it brings back nice memories, but it all seems so quaint now (for lack of a better word).

Never understood Minecraft, either. Why do kids play blocky-looking games like I had to as a kid when they have all this great tech now? (And yes...I understand the game might just be fun to play!)

Give me 4k gaming with Dolby Atmos and I'm happy as a pig in shit.

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

Give me 4k gaming with Dolby Atmos and I'm happy as a pig in shit.

I just got a RTX3060ti and my daughter says Minecraft is way better with ray tracing

#4 1 year ago

I don’t understand collecting retro games. I collect retro consoles and then mod them or use an everdrive to get the entire library of games for each system.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

Atari has come full circle and is making cartridge games for the Atari 2600 again.
https://atari.com/collections/shop?filter.p.product_type=Cartridge&sort_by=manual
Yes... you can buy a new OEM cartridge for a gaming system released... 45 years ago. We are in full retro mode now.
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I have the originals in a bin, one of these days get around to setting up a wall unit for play.

#6 1 year ago

No$talgia is always popular!

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#7 1 year ago

Hmm. Very odd that people who collect 40 year old arcade machines “don’t understand” collecting 40 year old video games.

#8 1 year ago

So, I know other 3rd party people have been making 2600 games for years. I like the fact that “ATARI” is Re-running these games as “limited Edition”. Though, I think the game looks to be the exact same game that was mass produced in 1981. Asteroids, Yars Revenge, haunted house. All games that were great. But, I can buy these original games for probably under $10 on EBay. Ok, you get a new box and a special designed cartridge. But, I think the game is the exact same game, and it’s $100.
I can’t see a remake of these same games being worth more in the future than the original mass produced cartridge.
If they had some new games, or, changed things up a bit I can see something.

Thanks for the link. I will watch this and see where it goes

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from jackd104:

Hmm. Very odd that people who collect 40 year old arcade machines “don’t understand” collecting 40 year old video games.

That is weird and ironic!

I still have my Vectrex! Some of the home brew games are the best Ive ever played on a home system.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from jackd104:

Hmm. Very odd that people who collect 40 year old arcade machines “don’t understand” collecting 40 year old video games.

Not complaining, but surprised they are not pushing something along the lines of the NES/SNES classic https://www.cnet.com/reviews/nintendo-nes-classic-edition-review/. After all, Nintendo sells retro consoles (they are great!) but are not making new cartridges for NES. But maybe after seeing Atari sell Crystal Castle carts for $99 a $99 new Mario cartridge could be on the table. Despite tens of millions of them being made.

Edit: And I STILL can't beat the original CASTLEVANIA on the NES classic. I've literally been trying for decades. Some day...

#11 1 year ago

Anyone ever beat ET?

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Anyone ever beat ET?

Just need to dig it up first.

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from jackd104:

Hmm. Very odd that people who collect 40 year old arcade machines “don’t understand” collecting 40 year old video games.

Pinball is a physical medium. I was talking about the graphics and sound having developed over the past 40 years. But yeah...I still prefer the new pinball games to the old ones as well, so at least I'm consistent.

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

I don’t understand collecting retro games. I collect retro consoles and then mod them or use an everdrive to get the entire library of games for each system.

It's fun to have originals, but agree that to experience the game as I remember it, I only "need" original hardware and a CRT. Multicarts give that and are a lot more convenient so most of my games remain in totes. Still enjoy having a collection of carts though. I bought most of mine 20 years ago when people were just wanting to get rid of their old junk.

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#15 1 year ago

I get the nes and snes remakes. But atari games were soooooo boring in retrospect.

Bing. Bong. Boop. Bing. Bong....

Although the asteroids sounds were quite ominous.

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#16 1 year ago

Ah, the Atari 2600, the video game equivalent of an EM - very old and very boring.

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

I get the nes and snes remakes. But atari games were soooooo boring in retrospect.
Bing. Bong. Boop. Bing. Bong....
Although the asteroids sounds were quite ominous.

It’s true. NES is the earliest home console where the games still hold up to play for actual fun. And plenty of NES games don’t stand up. But many, many do. The original Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Metroid, I can still play with great enjoyment. And I do every few years. Like returning to a favorite movie.

#18 1 year ago
Quoted from SLAMT1LT:

Ah, the Atari 2600, the video game equivalent of an EM - very old and very boring.

Bro, shots fired.

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#19 1 year ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

But atari games were soooooo boring in retrospect.

Quoted from SLAMT1LT:

Ah, the Atari 2600, the video game equivalent of an EM - very old and very boring.

Not this one.

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#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Randy_G:

No$talgia is always popular!

Just look at pinball themes.

#21 1 year ago

Best Atari game as I recall was Keystone Kapers. Your a crook running from the cops!

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#22 1 year ago

Atari games are super fun. Add me to the list of folks who think it's hilarious that a bunch of pinball fans are criticizing Atari games for being "old and boring."

They didn't sell millions of those things over 15 years because they weren't fun.

#23 1 year ago

Atari's 50th anniversary was this year and its all part of the celebration. Yes, while the graphics are blocky and the audio a bit clunky by todays standards they are still pretty fun to fire up the old consoles of yesterday. Most of those games were around 2K bytes of memory at best. If you were a kid back then you know how fun Pit Fall, Tank, Warlords or Frogger were when you first played them. Its cool to see someone collect consoles and have the boxes, instructions etc. Living and breathing all things vid/pins/consoles since the 70s - I can appreciate it because well....we all are here in hobby collecting as we speak

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#24 1 year ago
Quoted from hAbO:

Atari's 50th anniversary was this year and its all part of the celebration. Yes, while the graphics are blocky and the audio a bit clunky by todays standards they are still pretty fun to fire up the old consoles of yesterday. Most of those games were around 2K bytes of memory at best. If you were a kid back then you know how fun Pit Fall, Tank, Warlords or Frogger were when you first played them. Its cool to see someone collect consoles and have the boxes, instructions etc. Living and breathing all things vid/pins/consoles since the 70s - I can appreciate it because well....we all are here in hobby collecting as we speak
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I remember playing Pitfall for what felt like forever. Was there an end to the game?

#25 1 year ago

Perhaps Atari will fine tune E.T. ?

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Atari games are super fun. Add me to the list of folks who think it's hilarious that a bunch of pinball fans are criticizing Atari games for being "old and boring."
They didn't sell millions of those things over 15 years because they weren't fun.

Add me as well!

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#27 1 year ago

I was the kid on the block that had an Intellivision , but i would buy these! They would look cool on a shelf by my games.

#28 1 year ago

I loved Pitfall II

You could actually "beat" the game. Had to collect the ring and find the monkey as i recall.

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#30 1 year ago
Quoted from bayoubilly70:

Add me as well!
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Imagic made killer stuff, their games always looked and sounded so good. I loved Atlantis and Cosmic Ark.

I had a huge collection of Atari stuff I picked up for pennies at mid 1990s yard sales, and sold it all on Ebay around 20 years ago. Like 250 games and a 7800.

Wish I'd kept it all of course, would be fun to play from time to time.

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#32 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Imagic made killer stuff.

Yup, and so did Activision. Imagic was probably my favorite though

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#33 1 year ago

I also enjoyed the old Spiderman game from atari.

#34 1 year ago

I still have my Cosmic Ark I play with my son

#35 1 year ago

you can buy the original cartridges for like $5 or less.

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

Not this one. [quoted image]

Damn straight... I still have my original cartridge

#37 1 year ago

Nobody is buying these to play them. Look at the prices! $99! Limited variants for $150. These are meant to be purchased, get them fully graded, kept in plastic cases, hope they will be worth $$$ down the road.

No thanks

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Imagic made killer stuff, their games always looked and sounded so good. I loved Atlantis and Cosmic Ark.
I had a huge collection of Atari stuff I picked up for pennies at mid 1990s yard sales, and sold it all on Ebay around 20 years ago. Like 250 games and a 7800.
Wish I'd kept it all of course, would be fun to play from time to time.

Quoted from CaptainNeo:

you can buy the original cartridges for like $5 or less.

They made a gazillion of them, and they are not as collectible as early Nintendo.

If you see Nintendo Cartridges at a yard sale. BUY THEM.

If you see anything that comes on a cartridge with a box, BUY THEM.

If you see anything in a sealed box that comes on a cartridge, BUY THEM.

Random loose Super Nintendo and NES games go for 20ish bucks on ebay. Games with boxes go for hundreds more often than not because EVERYONE threw the box away. The boxes for some are way more valuable than the cartridges. Almost nothing was left sealed.

Found a box of Pinball related NES games with boxes at an estate sale I was too late to get the pinball machine from (some douche showed up the night before the sale with cash and took it to flip). I made over $800 selling pinball related NES games from a single estate sale because they had boxes. I think I paid $10 for them. I make good money at my day job but I'll buy to sell Nintendo games when I see them because they are worth your time.

Loose atari cartidges? Maybe $5

#39 1 year ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

Never understood the retro gaming thing. I play them and it brings back nice memories, but it all seems so quaint now (for lack of a better word).
Never understood Minecraft, either. Why do kids play blocky-looking games like I had to as a kid when they have all this great tech now? (And yes...I understand the game might just be fun to play!)
Give me 4k gaming with Dolby Atmos and I'm happy as a pig in shit.

Some games aged better than others. I can play games like Mario, donkey Kong, Galaga, and pacman over and over like they were just made yesterday.

#41 1 year ago

Old games are old games. They can feel limited, or hold a special charm. It's really no different than whether or not you can enjoy modern LCD-based games and still appreciate playing EMs.

My vote for favorite Atari game that I think still hold up pretty well is Archon.

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http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/archon/

#42 1 year ago
Quoted from Aurich:

Old games are old games. They can feel limited, or hold a special charm. It's really no different than whether or not you can enjoy modern LCD-based games and still appreciate playing EMs.
My vote for favorite Atari game that I think still hold up pretty well is Archon.
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http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/archon/

Archon rules but there's no way that thing was on Atari. Maybe Atari computers. I think when most people say "Atari" they mean the old 2600.

I used to play Archon and Archon II on the C64. They really were amazing and addictive games, especially against a pal.

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

Atari has come full circle and is making cartridge games for the Atari 2600 again.
https://atari.com/collections/shop?filter.p.product_type=Cartridge&sort_by=manual
Yes... you can buy a new OEM cartridge for a gaming system released... 45 years ago. We are in full retro mode now.
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I was going to say, I hope they charge the same price they did in the 80s... holy crap, they kept them the same price!

I remember we paid like $80 for that piece of crap ET.

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from Aurich:

Old games are old games. They can feel limited, or hold a special charm. It's really no different than whether or not you can enjoy modern LCD-based games and still appreciate playing EMs.
My vote for favorite Atari game that I think still hold up pretty well is Archon.
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http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/archon/

Had Archon on my C64 . Most played game on that thing!

#45 1 year ago

Interesting timing as the VCS is also being discontinued.
There is a 50th anniversary release out on all major consoles that is a playable virtual museum which is really cool, check it out.

#46 1 year ago

My favorite atari 2600 games list:

Yars Revenge
Kaboom
Keystone capers
Pacman 8k version
Pitfall
Frogger
Circus
Warlords
Dodgem

#47 1 year ago

I like the Atari Flshbacks. Nice little retro consoles with 100 or so Atari games built in and the correct controllers. I personally would much rather have one of these... https://www.atgames.us/products/atari-flashback-9 I had an older version that walked off. Highly recommended for a cheap and easy revisit of the old games (with an HDMI input).

#49 1 year ago

Even Halloween and Texas chainsaw massacre?

#50 1 year ago

I have an original Fairchild Channel F (the first system ever to use cartridges) and about 20 carts. I had to replace one faulty screen RAM chip. I also bought a new multicart that has every original title on it as well as homebrew games like Pac-Man, Tetris and Lights Out. It's fun in an *extremely* retro way. Especially amazing how today's programmers are able to fit stuff like Pac-Man into the Ch F's tiny amount of memory and limited color palate and make it work.

I also have a few versions of those Atari Flashbacks.

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