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Atari 7800 ProSystem

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Intro to the Atari 7800 ProSystem

Atari 7800 ProSystem

The 5200 was an improvement in 8-bit graphics, but the controllers sucked and one was left with a box full of incompatible 2600 carts. The 7800 resolved this with a short-lived supply of new titles and the ability to play 2600 games as well.

Sadly, the 7800 was another Atari game console I missed out on when it came to market. Again I sought out Best Electronics to hook me up with a used console that is still working to this day - unlike my PlayStation which died from the tragic affliction of "too many moving parts to endure".

Atari 7800 - Technical Specifications

The Atari 7800 ProSystem, or simply the Atari 7800, is a video game console re-released by Atari Corporation in January 1986. The original release had occurred two years earlier under Atari Inc. The 7800 was designed to replace Atari Inc.'s unsuccessful Atari 5200 and later to re-establish Atari Corp.'s market supremacy against Nintendo and Sega. With this system, Atari Inc. addressed all the shortcomings of the Atari 5200: it had simple digital joysticks; it was almost fully backward-compatible with the Atari 2600; and it was affordable (originally priced at US$140).

Images of the Atari 7800 ProSystem

Atari 7800 ProSystem in original box
Atari 7800 ProSystem: left side
Atari 7800 ProSystem: left side
Atari 7800 ProSystem joystick

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Our List of Top 10 Atari 7800 Games

  1. Galaga
  2. Robotron 2084
  3. Berzerk
  4. Dig Dug
  5. Food Fight
  6. Joust
  7. Asteroids
  8. Xevious
  9. Donkey Kong Junior
  10. Centipede

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