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October 22, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

An Atari 2600 core has been added to the Coleco Phoenix console, now on Kickstarter

Coleco Phoenix now has an Atari 2600 FPGA core
I believe this would be the first FPGA-based Atari 2600 to come to market. That alone is a huge deal!
The original Colecovision console had an expansion module that provided an Atari 2600 cartridge slot opening the system to the large Atari game library. The recently kickstarted Coleco PHoenix now has the same capability, although it utilizes an FPGA core and ROMs on an SD card. With a large goal to meet via kickstarter, it seems the Coleco folks are trying to widen the appeal of their FPGA-based Colecovision clone.

We really liked their original offering - it's a great deal! Adding the Atari 2600 core makes it phenomenal! Based on it's included benefits, we recommend this campaign for anyone who loves the Colecovision console or wants to get into the Coleco homebrew market and take advantage of the games requiring the Super Game Module. Phoenix is a great way to expand the enjoyment of Coleco gaming or expand into a great gaming platform that may be new to you.

In all honesty, I'm more excited about the Phoenix with an added FPGA core for 2600. This would be a huge boon to the Atari community who would love a scenario that brings those games to modern TVs without software emulation. The Phoenix is stil a niche console, but widening it's appeal to Atari fans certainly can't hurt.

At the same time, It would also widen it's appeal if it shipped with a modernized Colecovision controller - or any controller. This system relies on your aging Colecovision controllers via the original DB9-style controller ports. There is also a backer tier that includes a compatible SNES controller. I never liked the Colecovision controllers, so the decision to omit an updated controller is disappointing. That aside, this is a great idea and I hope the final product lives up to their goals.

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