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Atari Flashback is a stand-alone, plug-and-play unit filled with 20 classic Atari games, including the never-before-released Saboteur. Atari Flashback is a hybrid of the classic Atari 2600 and 7800 consoles, and is modeled to resemble a smaller replica of the 7800.


No pictures yet! I want to see what the controller looks like.


Games included:


Air Sea Battle




Canyon Bomber


Crystal Castles

Desert Falcon

Food Fight


Haunted House


Planet Smashers


Sky Diver




Yar's Revenge




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Personally, I'd pass. I've got a real 7800 with the original joysticks, and they are a terrible design and are really, really hard on the wrists. Playing the same games on the official XBox emulation pack will be much, much more enjoyable (and possibly more accurate, as this "7800" may not be based on real Atari hardware...the Jakks controllers use NES-on-a-chip and the games are ported).


Since the sticks suck sooo much (way worse than the original 2600 sticks), I use these on the 2600.

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I have friends who have played this 'system' who are very disappointed.


I cannot recommend it for anyone who is looking for accuracy. I'm sure some less critical buyers in search of cheap nostalgia will be happy.


While nothing has been officially announced, at least one Atari insider has expressed that he sees possibilities for other products that use real 2600 hardware and the real game code, but that there was no time to take this route with the Flashback dev schedule and holiday 2004 deadline.


I honestly think the Flashback games were each written in a few weeks by unsupervised asian programmers and given little quality control.


In the meantime, the Jakk's 'Paddle' package is 99% accurate, as is the Commodore 64 joystick. The former uses careful rewriting and emulation (by Digital Eclipse), the latter uses an actual C64-on-a-chip (though the SID audio isn't quite right).


Some have bashed Infogrames for sullying the Atari name with this release, but I honestly think that Warner Atari or Tramiel Atari would have had no qualms about shoveling out some half-assed clones to make a quick buck during the current 'self-contained classics' fad.

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YAMHILL, Ore. - There is a story behind every electronic gadget sold on the QVC shopping channel. This one leads to a ramshackle farmhouse in rural Oregon, which is the home and circuit design lab of Jeri Ellsworth, a 30-year-old high school dropout and self-taught computer chip designer.


Ms. Ellsworth has squeezed the entire circuitry of a two-decade-old Commodore 64 home computer onto a single chip, which she has tucked neatly into a joystick that connects by a cable to a TV set. Called the Commodore 64 - the same as the computer system - her device can run 30 video games, mostly sports, racing and puzzles games from the early 1980's, all without the hassle of changing game cartridges.


From a good (free registration required) article on the C64 joystick's designer at http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/technology/20joystick.html

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