Atari's new Ataribox system may not have a Nintendo focus, but the company's history in the games arena warrants some mention here regardless - hence our coverage of the news that the veteran firm was re-entering the hardware arena earlier this year.
Atari has now released renders of its new console, showing off a surprisingly fetching design which comes in two varieties - glass and faux-wood, the latter aping the look of the classic Atari VCS which dominated the early years of the home console arena.
In a newsletter published online, Atari has outlined its plans for the machine:
Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.
Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.
As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.
We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!
While details are sketchy, Eurogamer has spotted an interesting note which was issued to French investors by Atari recently:
To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign.
That sounds to us like a mix of the NES Classic Mini - which was Nintendo's attempt at leveraging its past - and the ill-fated Ouya micro-console, which was crowdfunded a few years ago but failed to find a place in the market. The scope for playing classic Atari games on the console is obvious, but hints that it will also play "current" titles suggests it could be Android-based, like the Ouya.
What do you think the Ataribox will turn out like? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Mon 17th July, 2017.
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No nostalgia for Atari on my end. But good luck to them.
Looks cool but I don't even see myself considering to buy one. Atari is cool, got a lot of respect for them, but a lot of there games do not age well. Do hope they succeed whatever they were aiming for. Opens more jobs in the market of video games.
I don't care if I stand alone on this, but in my opinion..."Damn that thing looks sexy!"
I wish it was able to play original Atari cartridges. It doesn't appear to have that option.
Unlike the NES/SNES games, I have zero interest on replaying Atari games (and this was the first ever console I have played in my life).
Okay, crowdfunded?!? Way to step up, Atari.
Secondly, the "ribbed" feature, while ionic, was a dust/dirt magnet.
"Blade Runner" saw this coming.
I guess the ''Infogramesbox'' wasn't as marketable. Despite the groovy design, I'm going to need to see games before I even consider buying one.
I cannot see this appealing for the younger audience, because well, atari games don't catch so much attention nowadays. I cannot see this appealing for the not so old audience, as people who didn't grow up before the NES era might not care at all for atari anyway (myself included as I am 25). I can only see this appealing for a really older audience, like 35+, or obviously for the collectors that would collect it anyway being good or bad. I know 35 is not really old, but for gamers is way less common as many of us will stop gaming when start working or having children. And of course, gaming is not that old yet, so naturally most people way older, like 50+ didn't actually grow up with it, just embraced it at later age.
It will fail I bet, but not because of the design. That is one good looking console.
What the hell is that??? Like... I can't imagine that thing appealing to too many people.
As long as it's got games that people want to play it will have some kind of following.
Hopefully this doesn't flop like the Ouya. The one thing that would make this appealing to me though would be if Atari decided to make some new 1st party titles.
In all seriousness though, the best of luck to these guys. Everyone should remember that Atari hasn't made consoles in a long time, and I can't remember their last huge seller, so they could be (financially speaking) on thin ice with this. Genuinely hope this isn't a nail in the coffin, as that design is quite appealing.
Looks nice, but a cart slot for Atari carts would have been nice. Perhaps it could be an add on?
@Davidiam007 Yes it does. Sweet!
That's not even the same Atari we all grew up with. Isn't it actually Infogrames in disguise?
They are going to use Atari games to lure people into a crowd funding campaign. Color me skeptical, do they want to deliver a console or do they want that free capital?
EDIT: Read that PR, does that sound like a setup for a kickstarter or what? I worry the only good thing they have to show is the design. Tout the Atari name with a slick design to lather interest prior to KS launch... Makes too much sense.
@Angelic_Lapras_King New games will be developed on this. Developers are already signing up.
Glass? They should call it Dragonglass, that would get them some sales. 😆
Hope the SwitchTV looks as good. I have my Atari 7800 hooked up in my kids room, those games did not age well. Not well at all. I have 7 carts but not a whole lot of fun. .
@DeathUriel I'm grateful that I qualify as "really older" rather than "way older". The VCS was out in in the late 70s, so if you were ten when you managed to get your hands on one, you'd be 50 by now (there or there abouts).
It's a sexy product design for sure. And despite an apparent consensus in the comments so far about orig atari games not aging well or lacking desire to replay them in general, there are a handful of games that could rethink this consensus: Pitfall! Lode Runner, Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong (obviously), King's Quest, and SimCity.
Granted some of the above are technically from the Atari home computer system and not console but I'd wager this thing will emulate the entire range of Atari devices.
Part NES Classic, Part Ouya... so it's the Coleco Chameleon?
@DeathUriel Speak for yourself. I'm 42 (just turned so)...was been married...have 2 daughters and 3 step-children...and am still and always have been and will be a gamer. I've passed this on to my daughters who love gaming as much as I do (if not more). Its always been a great way for us to bond together over something. Just because you get older...have a family...a job...etc...doesn't mean the passion for gaming leaves your blood. Maybe you might not have as much TIME for gaming...but the joy of it is still there waiting whenever you DO have the time. Also, there's news sites like Nintendolife, etc., to get more gaming fixes in between times actually on systems. I will never stop being a gamer and will die with a controller in my hand.
It looks cool, but I'm not sure what it actually is. Is it a budget console or a proper console? Does it only run games designed for it, or does it run Android or something? Are they challenging Playstation, Nintendo or Xbox with this machine?
I will say I am hopeful, not really about the Atari part but the success of an Android-based console could be a good thing. Especially if it lead to a revival of mobile developers pushing the envelope.
@KoopaTheGamer It's a new console. Developers are already signing up for this. Some people here think it's some sort of emulation system. Not sure why.
@Aerona For me, that's actually why I might be interested. I have a lot of classic consoles, but Atari was before my time and I have yet to buy or collect for any of them, so it'd all be new to me.
@TenEighty The PR, despite the claim otherwise, is a vague tease. It doesn't even sound like they know what it is yet, but they do tout the ability to play classic games and since it is unlikely to include original hardware... It appears in part to be an emulation machine.
It could turn out like the VC on Wii or just preloaded software and could be neat, but straddling the line between classic and modern may be a decision that confuses the market as much as anything. The market never understood the Ouya, but they do understand classic plug-and-play devices.
Comparing this to Ouya in any way is apples and oranges IMO. Looks good though, if the price is right and is easy to buy one (unlike the NES Mini) I may get one.
Hard pass, just like the Switch.
@gatorboi352 Your loss
I'll buy one first day, hope it's got Jag emulation 😀
@nab1 Maybe so, but that's because it probably won't include the Ouya's best feature: an open platform. Otherwise at this point we know it is a console looking to be kickstarted, likely running Android. Pretty Ouya-ish.
@mikegamer I'd wager that many will take a hard pass on this.
@Curlynob You are right. My math was really off. Anyway, I stand by my point that while older gamers exist, they are the lesser number in sales for a product aimed to them to be considered a success, I know that if they don't want to be as big as the other consoles, with crowdfunding and all they can achieve a good profit with lesser expectations, but nonetheless, they won't be the fourth player in the "console wars".
@Highlar You didn't have to get worked up on this. I said many would forsake gaming, not all. I do know there are gamers even at late 70. And eventually I will probably be one of them. Like you I have no intention to stop gaming, the girl I will probably marry (talking about 5 years relationship, not some random crush) while not a hardcore gamer, likes it and understand how important it is to me, we will probably pass on gaming for our children likewise. And so on and so on... But let's be honest, it IS an isolated hobby. Don't have to be 40, many people at my age already forsake gaming for women, work, children or whatever lifts their skirts. It doesn't mean we will stop existing at later age, I just meant the years decrease our numbers.
LoL. I'm 41 & looking forward to this!
Amen brother! 41 on Friday, but gamer for life!
To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign.
Wait they are just now planning to kickstart this? I previously thought that this console was years in the making meaning they already had the fund to produce it already. Well I guess it'll end up being an Ouya situation all over again. We probably won't see this in stores until late 2019 or early 2020 then which by that time the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two will probably be on their way. I guess the real factor that will decide whether I am excited for this is if the thing support physical copy of games or not as I'm not too fond of an all digital console.
I remember the old Atari VCS with fondness. However, I also remember there was only one game worth playing. Space Invaders with its 100+ game modes.
I am very sceptical about this.
I fear this project just exists too make some easy money on the back of the Nintendo classic success.
Like they destroyed classics like Alone in the Dark to make a quick buck, i have my doubts, that Infogrames actually will deliver quality. But we will see.
@Yas nope combat and adventure were also excellent
@Yas I never own an Atari 2600 but I did get a chance to play one at a relatives house with games like Centipede, Frogs and Flies, Galaxian, and Pitfall. For some reason most people remember the bad games of the 2600 but not the good ones. I also got the chance to play the Atari Jaguar at one time and enjoy three of the four games (Cybermorph, AVP, Doom, and Tempest 2000) I tried on it. You never know, this new Atari system might be a game changer for Atari if they know how to market it successfully.
@Aerona same here but I do think they are going about this the right way and the hardware is nice, brace, cool. Think it will be a success!
@Davidiam007 You're not alone...
Not sure if I'll buy one, but I hope this turns out well.
I'm glad you're reporting this, even if this is a Nintendo centric site.
@rjejr Dragon glass would only trigger the GoT nerds... (oops!)
This is a great looking design, even though it will be a definite dust magnet, so here's hoping it's easy to clean, but color me interested.
If it has a decent enough processor in it, you could probably also play the entire range of Atari Jaguar games on it, some of which were actually quite entertaining.
Mixed feelings - at least for now when we don`t have much info.
And to think I was getting backlashed on here when I said it would be a emulator/indie system, lol.
No way in hell this will go up against Nintendo Sony and Microsoft. Hasn't a hope tbh. Millions of these type of boxes out in the wild. And of course, Retropie.... This will die a death, fast.
i like look but its Atari (or whoever owns the name at moment)
not gonna lie this thing looks really nice
just not a big Atari fan but still im sure people will love it
@Azikira Atari is in a much better place financially than they have been in a long time. After filing for bankruptcy in 2013, Fred Chesnais made them a profitable company again. Also, they've had several iterations of Atari Flashbacks (5 or 6 I believe) so the likely have a decent amount of data and can make an educated analysis of how well a product like this would perform. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. I think it will ultimately come down to the price of the device.
@retro_player_22 Also remember that there have been several products that did not meet their crowdfunding goals that still moved on to be finished products. My guess is, just as Atari said, they are just doing this to limit risks as much as possible. Raise some capital up front, and as long as they don't drastically miss their targets, my guess is they will move this to a finial product regardless. Could be wrong of course, but that's my guess.
Here's the official site for those of you that want to keep an eye on them:
No real info for now, but that is the actual page where updates will be posted eventually, and you can subscribe to their newsletter.
IT looks better than it suppose to be.
I'm sorry, did Atari just say they are CROWDFUNDING their hardware platform?? That's a new low for them. And considering this is Atari we're talking about, I did not believe a new low was possible.
The box itself looks beautiful. I still have my old 2600 controllers....they were fun, though I doubt this will support them. I wonder if it plays E.T.?
I wonder if I could port my own stuff onto the console.
Hopefully, Atari's PR sends me details of how the console - and development for it - will work.
Really really really nice looking design but, "We know you are hungry for more details", the language it really f---g bothers me. Annoying/presumptuous/arrogant. Most likely most people won't give a crap about anything from this brand UNLESS they lead with something interesting about the box to grab attention. Maybe they're hiding the fact they invested a bunch in this but don't have much to show for it yet? That language realllly got under my skin this morning and keeps echoing in my head, lol. It's like "no, f--- you, GIVE me a reason to be hungry, most of us don't care". Weirdly triggered.
Smart enough to be skeptical. Observant enough to remain quizical. Sentimental enough to be excited anyway.
Unless the thing is just some preposturously offensive mix of outrageously expensive, outrageously underpowered, or just completely non-supported, then this old Atari kid will certainly deem it worth taking the risk to jump on board.....as well as rearranging a shelf that already contains Switch, WiiU, PS4, XB1, a stereo, an HDMI selector box, a cable box, a PC (off to the side) and a swath of Amiibo to make room for it! If Atari is gonna have any kind of "rebirth" whatsoever, then I'm gonna be there for it!
Now, a lot of assumptions are being made that the "current" games will be Android games and that this will be one part retro box / one part Microconsole. Indeed, that is FAR more likely than a full-on console to take on Sony, MS, and Nintendo directly - and a lot less risky......but at this point, I don't think that's actually been confirmed, and indeed, rumors have still circulated that this is gonna be [quote unquote] "the real thing", going straight for the jugular (or at least the "jaguarlar") of the big names.
I'm torn right down the middle on whether I hope the more ambitious rumors are true or false.
If false, and it's just an Android box, then the thing should be cheap enough and populist enough that it should be able to find a niche in the market and stay there. If this is true, odds of at least modest success long term are relatively high, and certainly very high in the short term.....but then all talk of Atari's "glorious comeback" are rendered awfully specious if all the more the thing is is an "Atari Classic mini" with a built-in OUYA. This the road I think they are far more likely taking, and the road the realist in me thinks they should - and kinda hopes they do.
If on the other hand, the rumors are true, and this is a genuine PS/XB competitor directly, then realistically, what chance does it have? It'll be too expensive for the casual nostalgic, and where will the software support come from? But then again, if it is [quote unquote] the real thing, then regardless of whether it succeeds, succeeds modestly, fails, or fails spectacularly, in any case it'll be the true "2nd coming of Atari" either way.....and should it find any success in the market at all?......oh, baby! Glorious! The King is back! This is the direction my inner hopeless romantic and irrepressible idealist very very much hopes they take, though realistically it's almost definitely be a death wish if they do.
Perhaps the best way to put how I feel about the upper end rumors is this: If they are false, and this is an Androidbox, I'll be simultaneously relieved and disappointed. If they are true, and this is a "real" console, then I'll be simultaneously VERY excited....and very apprehensive.
But until we have something concrete one way or the other, I'm regarding them both as possibilities. Going just by the renders, with the size of the Ethernet jack in the back it appears to be roughly the size of an original Atari 2600/VCS, or maybe more like the Atari2600jr. And if that's the case, then that's just the perfectly ambiguous size - big enough to possibly be a "real" console, but small enough that it could also be an oversized "micro console". So I can't tell just by looking at the renders.
What I can tell, though? The thing is gorgeous! A nearly perfect mix of retro and neo design, and a very fitting, tasteful homage to the original.
Anyway, Android box or "real" console, the odds of my getting it are very nearly 100%....much higher than its actual chances of success you might say!!!
Atari better have a good first party lineup of games, since they only have Test Drive and the Rollercoaster Tycoon franchises. Hope they do well though
If this thing provides access to 5200 and Atari Computer games, I might be interested. There are already a million ways to play 2600 games.
Um, so even after they "launched" their teaser and now their onto crowd funded stage, they STILL can't friggin figure out their website really ?? Supposedly they have some investment and backing but yet they went with the crowdfunding way, oh I know this way they'll get info from the community right ?
Great classic Atari 2600 1st party games:
Great Licensed Games:
Great 3rd party games:
My favorite Atari Arcade: Tempest
If they can bring those back+new fun stuff, sounds like a good deal to me.
@NEStalgia I'm pretty sure that if this console sells decent enough, that some third party, or maybe even Atari themselves, will come up with a converter cable so that you can connect the original controllers to the USB ports.
A good thing about that would be that practically all peripherals from the old Atari systems could be connected to that, since most of them, the Atari ST home computer included, used the same connectors.
That is a nice looking console
@ThanosReXXX That would be awesome if you could play with original controllers. Truthfully I was sold on woodgrain veneer alone. Even though I think the machine itself is to be a colossal disaster......I'll buy anything with woodgrain veneer
@NerdNoiseRadio I can't imagine they'd crowdfund the hardware for an actual $300+ console. And looking at the pictures, this just dosn't have the body space for the cooling solution required by such a system. At absolute BEST it's basically a Switch without the handheld mode with a Tegra X1 inside. At worst, it's just an Ouya/classic mini.
@NEStalgia I don't think it's going to be any worse than the AtGames Atari systems, since this one is supposed to run current content as well, so that wonky emulator that AtGames uses, will probably not be utilized here.
Although this is obviously not the same Atari as back then, I'd still expect them to deliver a better product than these licensed systems.
@ThanosReXXX Yeah, I think as an "Atari Classic Mini" it will be just fine. I just mean if they're trying to push it as an actual console either PS4 style or even Ouya style...I don't think a crowd funded console is going to cut the mustard on that one.
ribbed for my pleasure
What's an Ouya?
Not sure if it'll do well, if it's just a plug n play of their old games. Especially since there are so many out there you can go and buy right now.
When was the last time Atari did something new in terms of updating old IPs or making new ones?
Anyway, I wish them luck.
@NEStalgia Well, if it's not a closed system, which according to the article and their press release it isn't, then it wouldn't really be smart to market it as an "Atari Mini".
And all it would really take is a decent enough processor, say like the ones used in budget smart phones, and couple that with some extra memory to beef it up, and a better GPU, and you'd already have something that FAR surpasses anything that the Ouya could ever have hoped to achieve.
If this is actually going to be released, and the price is going to be around what I paid for the SNES Mini, then I'll most definitely consider buying this. I'd put all old Atari games up til the Jaguar on there, and maybe some Android games, provided they translate well to physical controls and more importantly: provided that this console is actually going to be Android-based.
For all we know, it could just as well be an FPGA-based system, which could quite comfortably run anything classic and also offer enough power for more recent stuff if they combine it with a more modern architecture.
For now, since they haven't exactly spilled the beans yet, it's all assumptions, and if you've kept tabs on my recent comments, you'll know how I feel about that...
I may be interested in this, if it has Jaguar games (and I'm 99.9999% certain it won't).
But...I am sick of big companies taking advantage of crowdfunding sites. I can understand indie developers needing to minimize risk to "kickstart" something, but a big corporation? If it succeeds, are they going to share any of the profits with me?
@bluedogrulez "Secondly, the "ribbed" feature, while ionic, was a dust/dirt magnet."
If ionic, no wonder it was a dust magnet.
@Lone_Beagle Corporate Kickstarter: The go-to investment source for when your stock options are valued worse than junk rating!
@LemonSlice : HA! I was thinking iconic . . .
@NEStalgia That's pretty much it! Plus, I'm sure the marketing folks love it, all sorts of free publicity and opportunities to tweet out PR as the crowdfunding deadline approaches.
There is a reason Atari and Infogrames aren't exactly setting the world on fire nowadays...(he says, as he fires up his Jaguar to play some more Tempest 2000!)
@Tempestryke Just in case you're not kidding (sorry, just can't tell anymore sometimes) and have actually never heard of the Ouya:
And here's a quick video overview/history of the device:
It was actually a neat little device, and on the one hand ahead of its time, but on the other hand it was released too late due to all kinds of delays, and because of that, the Android hardware in it was already last gen by the time it landed in customer's hands, and as such, it couldn't fulfill it's initial promise.
Can it play Atari ST games? If it does i'm sold! Atari and Amiga werent as big in US but in Europe they were huge.
@DeathUriel, while I appreciate where you were going with this, I think you got us old folk all riled up!
I just turned 43 and like @Highlar, I've passed the love of games on to my kids. And, you'll find this funny, my love of games came from my grandfather. Yep, when I was little, I played Colecovision with him whenever we'd visit him. At the time, he was in his 60's and we were hardcore Baseball players.
I know my father-in-law is equally into games, maybe skewed more towards pinball, but he loves Q-bert... and, funny enough, some of my wife's favorite memories were going to her Opa's house and playing Soccer on his NES.
I guess my point is, just because we're old doesn't mean we grew up and out of what we love. I still feel like I'm a kid (probably why I get along with my kids so well!!), except now I have expendable income to use on my favorite hobby! As a college-aged, financially strapped young guy, I had to scrounge for games...
BTW, rarely does a day go by that I am not wearing a video game themed shirt or other garment. In my field, that's my shirt and tie!
I'm totally enjoying playing ASTRO DUEL DELUXE on my SWITCH - If games like that were to come out on this ATARIbox - I'd be interested
At least as a crowdfunded machine, the people who want it the most will certainly get one, unlike the NES Classic. Assuming higher-tier backers will get the machine, this is a good way to handle the unpredictability of how many people would actually buy this. It's like a pre-order before the machine reaches critical production
I'd be real interested if it has the Jaguar games on it. I've been dying to play Tempest 2000 since I sold my Jaguar all those many years ago.
Atari is not my thing, but i hope it does well for the people that support it. I am saving my money for the polymega.
That console looks good but it all depends on the games.
Looks like a mini PS4, nice design though
@ThanosReXXX "only" he says. They'd never make enough.
Dont want to buy another console but i like the design.
Being like Ouya is not a good thing.
Ouya is one of the most pathetic consoles ever and a horrible idea excecuted to astoundingly incompetent levels.
As a big ex Atari fan I hope it turns out to be something really cool!!
They have quite a bit of hardware in their history to pull from!
Bah, I feel like the only 2600 fan who thinks Pitfall hasn't aged well. At least Pitfall II had a coherent world! XP
If Atarigrames could offer authentic(ish) trackballs and spinners (or at least paddles) on which to play Millipede, Tempest, Warlords, etc, (and hopefully some newer stuff as well as old classics and "classics") they'd pretty much have a unique position in the market and probably my money as well.
Without strong IPs, it will be DOA.
@Highlar nicely put! Couldn't have said it better myself! I was 10 when I got a 2600 and 51 now! Married 2 kids and running a family business. Not enough time in the day. But on the weekends I always try to squeeze in a few hours of gaming along with buying games on a weekly basis. I very proudly own almost everything from the 2600 to the Switch! I will also take my last breath probably with a controller in hand!! Beats a good movie any day of the week!! Hopefully Atari will get this done the right way!! I'm rooting for them!!
Hiring games for the weekend from a local toy shop -
Empire Strikes Back
So basic now but so new, exciting and cutting edge at the time. And the best joystick design ever.
You can keep Raiders of the Lost Ark though. I have no idea what that was about.
@Yas as good as the home port for space invaders was, incan rattle off a good 20 or so 2600 games that were just as good of not better. My 2600 collection stands at 175 and there's quite a few gems in there. No not all made by Atari but still....
I dont really need joust and jungle hunt in 1080p.
I wish atari all the best since they really started it all, but they dont even sound convinced themselves if looking at kickstarter! Another android emulator slash indie box is not required. Qhy dont they just focus on solid ips and software then release it across platforms? Unless that thing has a genuine 240p line doubler inside it is failware waiting to happen.
@Lone_Beagle the Atari of the 70s and 80s with over 10,000 employees is NOT this Atari of today who with locations in NYC & France barely have perhaps 50 employees. Just an FYI
@ThanosReXXX Thanks. I've never heard of it before. I also don't quite get it. It says it's a gaming system, but all I see are channels for Netflix and stuff like that. I assume it connects to steam?
The design looks nice if it's android based and half decent specs and price I'm in
Well they probably won't be getting any Accolade games considering they sold them off to Tommo. I'm still interested, though.
hope it can play atari jaguar games.. that would rule
First, all I care is what games will it play.
I actually love the design it looks very slick but retro.
Go buy an Atari 7800 Prosystem instead of this.The 7800 has it's own library of games including the best versions of certain arcade games and other great games.It is also almost fully backwards compatible with the Atari 2600.
@toaf Nah,the new "Atari" doesn't know there are other systems other than the 2600 that were released.I wish they would release a 7800 compilation of games.
It better have E.T.
I am so supporting that! Welcome back Atari.
Ouya could have been a serious contender but they blew it. I have High hopes for this Atari system. Lets hope the Controllers are better than the Jaguar controllers lol
Oh boy! A new console that can play all those classic Atari games like... um...
It looks beautiful and im definitely in.
Since I can really only play my Atari on an older TV (Looks horrible on HD televisions), this is something that I'll be in for...depending on price and what games come out on it. I wonder if Nintendo will allow them to release the original Donkey Kong game for it?
@SwitchVogel Pitfall, Pong, Pitfall 2, Journey, Krull, Adventure...basically the ones that came out on the Atari Flashback Collections for PS4 and XBONE and were also on the 360...still, if you grew up in that era, they were great games...as long as you don't count ET.
@rjejr Yeah... true. You got me there. Winter is coming...
@Tempestryke No, not Steam, it's a front end for Google's Play Store. It's an Android console with an open OS, meaning that everyone can put games on there, and all game demos were free, and it had tons of emulators, so it was a tiny retro console mixed with smart phone games and apps for your TV.
@Tempestryke here's a couple of in-depth reviews, the third one being from the upgraded version of the mini-console, that was brought out in 2014:
I'm very interested, love that design (wood panel please!) But it's really the price point and line-up that matters to me. If it comes with a ton of classic atari games installed and costs the same as NES Mini, then I'm in. Would love to play Spy vs. Spy again
Now if it's over $100 with the intention of re-selling old atari games and new indie games, then no thanks.
This isn't even Atari anymore, they were bought up and resold a couple times years ago and at this point it's just some random company re-skinned as "atari" they're more trustworthy than Interplay but I still wouldn't trust them with anything crowdfunded.
|sf>There's very little solid information to comment about, so I feel that this is similar to our year-long "NX" conjecturing sessions. Still, the 360 lost its Game Room a while ago (which included Atari Arcade titles like Food Fight, Atari 2600 titles, and Activison) and there were still titles I would have bought at $3 each. If this plans to move into that direction (i.e. trophy systems attached to older console/arcade games, online leaderboards, score goals to meet, video replay for the top ten scores of each game), I think there's enough space in the video game market for a limited slice. Not everything in the video game market has to compete with Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo for graphics. However, until there is solid information with this system, this announcement simply teases one's imagination.
@ThanosReXXX I wouldn't mind winter right now, another heat wave is coming.
Did you know Nintnedo put pics of the Wiimote and nunchuck and Classic Pro on the back of the Zelda U box but only the Gamepad and Pro work? They're still trolling Wii U owners. And my charging cable for the Gamepad won't work, bought a new 1 from Amazon for $8. And now maybe Miiverse is over. I'm quite miffed w/ them right now.
@rjejr They probably did all that just to spite you specifically, especially the Zelda-related stuff: the Regginator is watching these forums like a hawk, you know...
Personally, I couldn't care less right now about anything gaming related. Too much stuff going on in my private and professional life, and none of it good, so I've got my hands (and head) full just trying to cope with all that.
But even so, that Atari box has sure piqued my interest...
The heat is coming back over here as well, so we'll find out soon enough how hot it's going to get, although normally, the worst of it should be over by now, maybe a short spike here or there, but nothing lasting for longer periods of time.
I'm just looking forward to summer being gone and the SNES Classic Mini arriving...
The price is really going to decide it for me. If it's above 100 dollars I will probably pass since it looks to be a download only system.
And here I was thinking it was a new home console...
It better not be neither a Nes Mini (there's already one out there..) or a Ouya (a stream console that nobody even cares about) because if it is it'll probably fail as hard as the latter..
@ThanosReXXX I get life getting in the way, try having 2 kids and owning an old home and 2 old cars.
Good luck w/ the heat. I put in my AC yesterday, bought a cheap vinyl door to keep the cool in the kitchen where I spend most of my time cooking and on the PC. We're expecting about 90' the next 3 days, which is probably only 35C or so but it's 10' hotter than I like it.
Looks nice, but it won't be a real competitor.
It will just be a streaming-box, you can bet on that.
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