Atari Offers Gaming Flashback

While most video game makers are busy pushing their latest titles for the holiday season, Atari is getting more mileage out of its catalog of classics with this week’s release of the Atari Flashback Classic Game Console. The plug-and-play device comes loaded with 20 vintage Atari favorites including Asteroids, Centipede and Breakout, as well as Saboteur, which is being reissued to gamers for the first time.

A hybrid of the Atari 2600 and 7800 consoles, the unit is modeled to resemble a smaller replica of the 7800, which hit the market 20 years ago. The Flashback comes with two joystick controllers, a power supply and a cable that plugs directly into the TV for easy set-up and use.

Other titles pre-loaded on the console include Adventure, Air Sea Battle, Battlezone, Canyon Bomber, Crystal Castles, Desert Falcon Food Fight, Gravitar, Haunted House, Millipede, Planet Smashers, Sky Diver, Solaris, Sprintmaster, Warlords and Yar’s Revenge.

Atari recently licensed some of its classic games for use in Jakks Pacific’s popular line of plug-and-play TV Games, which resemble old Atari joysticks and come loaded with ten games for around $20. The Atari Flashback retails for around $44.95.

The release follows on the heels of Atari’s other retro release, Atari Anthology. The title offers 85 vintage Atari classics on a single disc for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. More information on both products can be found at www.atari.com.