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Pack-In Games

Buying a new video game console is exciting. Whether it's launch day or just the day you decide to go for it, the console will be new to you and offer a whole new range of games to play. Pack-in games are almost always included with new consoles so you can begin enjoying the console right away. While many of these games showcase the console and it's controllers, there's probably another game you were craving.

Let's take a look at some of our favorite consoles and we'll reveal the game we really wanted to play as soon as we were connected!

pack-in game

Atari 2600 VCS

Atari 2600 pack-in game

The Atari 2600 was my very first video game console. A friend of mine received one for Christmas and once I saw he could play Space Invaders at home - I had to have one! Since stores like GameStop didn't exist back then, my Mom took me to an appliance store where I bought my first console.

I had no idea what a pack-in game was nor any clue about Combat, the pack-in game at the time. I needed Space Invaders and that was the goal of my purchase. I adored arcades and tolerated the lesser graphics on my VCS in exchange for playing arcade ports at home.

Atari 5200 SuperSystem

Atari 5300 pack-in game

I didn't buy an Atari 5200 at it's launch. My focus had shifted and I wouldn't own one for about ten years beyond it's inception. I really liked the Breakout games and was happy with this as a pack-in. However, Missile Command was my favorite trackball game. I was terrible at Centipede, but really loved playing Missile Command in the local arcades. This was the game I craved when I picked up a SuperSystem.

Atari 7800 ProSystem

Atari 7800 pack-in game

The Atari 7800 was another console I missed ou on at it's initial launch, but with 2600 compatibility, I was stoked to finally own one of these consoles. Shipping with Pole Position II was cool since I loved the arcade version and had played it many times on my 2600. However, I had my sights set on Galaga!

Galaga was an arcade favorite for many and I was among them. The 7800 version was actually quite good and gave me as much challenge as the arcade machine. This was one of the games that made me see how close my favorite arcade games were becoming on the home console market.

Atari Jaguar

Atari Jaguar pack-in game

On launch day, a friend and I took an extended lunch break from work and went to Nobody Beats The Wiz to check out Atari's latest console. It was a magical moment to suddenly see that iconic logo on retail shelves full of consoles, additional controllers, and a raft of games. We were in awe! In all honesty, I loved the Jag's pack-in game, Cybermorph. This kind of gameplay was new to me and I was astounded at what the game let me do.

Unsure about the Atari Jaguar game library - what was available that day - I opted for Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy. As a side-scrolling shooter, it felt like a good choice to me.

Nintendo NES

Nintendo NES pack-in game

En route to a ski resort for a week, my buddy and I wanted some after-shred gaming and began stopping at malls on our trek north to Killington in search of the elusive NES. It took several stops to locate one. This was a few years after launch and it was still hard to find an NES! We finally found one, I believe it was at a Kay-Bee toys store.

I have to admit we got a kick out of Super Mario as a pack-n game, but as avid snowboarders, we also picked up Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage to satisfy a sk8 vibe.

Sony PS3

Sony PS3 pack-in game

Here's another console I initially ignored. After my interest in the first PlayStation, I simpply didn't find much on the sugsequent consoles that motivated me to add another one to the mix. At one point I found a sale that gave a decent break in the unwavering price and I picked one up with an Uncharted bundle.

Along with the PlayStation 3 my son was interested in Sly Cooper, so we picked up the Sly Collection

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