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Video game console - Atari 7800

    Atari 7800 is a home video game console officially released by Atari Corporation in 1986 as the successor to both the Atari 2600 and Atari 5200. It can run almost all Atari 2600 cartridges, making it the first console with backward compatibility. It shipped with a different model of joystick from the 2600-standard CX40 and Pole Position II as the pack-in game. Most of the announced titles at launch were ports of 1980–83 arcade games.
   Designed by General Computer Corporation, the 7800 has significantly improved graphics hardware over Atari's previous consoles, but the same Television Interface Adapter chip that launched with the 2600 in 1977 is used to generate audio. In an effort to prevent the flood of poor quality games that contributed to the video game crash of 1983, cartridges had to be digitally signed by Atari.
   The console was originally supposed to hit the market in May 1984, but because of the sale of Atari and the disputes between Warner Communications and the new owner Atari's consumer division did not hit the market until two years later. The original production run of the Atari 7800 languished in warehouses until it was reintroduced in January 1986. A two-year loss to the competition, which at the time was mainly represented by NES and SMS consoles, but it could no longer catch up.
    The console has been selling for less than $ 80 since its relesase. Thirteen games were announced for the system's launch:: Ms. Pac-Man, Pole Position II, Centipede, Joust, Dig Dug, Desert Falcon, Robotron: 2084, Galaga, Food Fight, Ballblazer, Rescue on Fractalus !, Track & Field and Xevious. At the end of 1986, however, the Atari 7800 game library had only 10 games. Compared to the competition, it was very little. It's no wonder, then, that console owners have often complained about the slow release of new games. But it was not valid for them. Only 59 games were created for the Atari 7800 console during its active existence.
   On January 1, 1992, Atari Corporation announced the end of production and support for the 7800, 2600, and the 8-bit computer family including the Atari XEGS. it was clear at that time, that Atari had lost its battle with the competition. By the time of the discontinuation, the Nintendo Entertainment System controlled 80% of the North American market while Atari had only 12%.
   The Atari 7800 returned to the world in 2004 as a console Atari Flashback. It resembles a miniature Atari 7800 and has five 7800 and fifteen 2600 games built-in. However, even this retro console was not successful and the project was canceled shortly thereafter.

Alphabetical list of the games for Atari 7800 hosted at

Name Released Number of hits User rating
1942 1984 1291x 80%
Ace of Aces 1986 9678x 61%
Alien Brigade 1990 347772x 49%
Asteroids 1979 84081x 59%
Asteroids Deluxe 1981 4685x 63%
Baby Pac-Man 1982 9959x 73%
Ballblazer 1985 19666x 69%
Basketbrawl 1990 17851x 46%
Castelian 1987 7314x 33%
Centipede 1980 0x 63%
Choplifter 1982 11953x 69%
Commando 1985 10012x 60%
Crack'ed 1988 4744x 51%
Crossbow 1983 9688x 40%
Dark Chambers 1988 12948x 73%
Desert Falcon 1987 12116x 64%
Dig Dug 1982 19387x 67%
Donkey Kong 1981 32029x 57%
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 17531x 68%
Double Dragon 1987 8849x 52%
F-18 Hornet 1988 16889x 59%
Fatal Run 1989 13683x 61%
Fight Night 1985 21875x 58%
Food Fight 1987 25123x 70%
Frenzy 1982 3496x 70%
Froggie 2018 5130x 67%
Galaga 1981 26985x 61%
Galaxian 1979 1355x 70%
Hat Trick 1984 11137x 47%
Ikari Warriors 1986 9065x 50%
Impossible Mission 1984 17142x 62%
Joust 1982 10739x 81%
Jr. Pac-Man 1983 1768x 75%
Karateka 1984 13225x 67%
Klax 1989 7332x 53%
Kung-Fu Master 1984 11207x 63%
Mario Bros. 1983 25618x 67%
Mat Mania Challenge 1986 16414x 58%
Midnight Mutants 1990 43054x 76%
MotorPsycho 1990 13567x 55%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 16955x 66%
Ninja Golf 1990 302390x 64%
One-On-One Basketball 1983 21672x 64%
Pac-Man Collection! 2006 208514x 61%
Planet Smashers 1990 9517x 70%
Pole Position II 1983 155848x 60%
Rampage 1986 9003x 57%
RealSports Baseball 1982 13294x 47%
Robotron: 2084 1982 41710x 61%
Santa Simon 2006 2788x 72%
Scramble 1981 4587x 74%
Scrapyard Dog 1990 11162x 71%
Space Invaders 1978 3480x 67%
Summer Games 1984 14079x 54%
Super Pac-Man 1982 17790x 59%
TMP Wrestling 1987 10718x 56%
Tank Command 1988 15857x 51%
Tomcat: The F-14 ... 1988 24520x 50%
Touchdown Football 1984 10227x 52%
Water Ski 1988 6495x 40%
Winter Games 1985 15934x 61%
Xenophobe 1988 9239x 58%
Xevious 1982 12055x 70%

All information in this article are taken from the servers:, and

North American version of Atari 7800

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Atari, Inc.
Generation: Third (8-bit era)
Retail availability: June 1984
Discontinued: January 1992
Units sold: 4 million
Media: ROM cartridge
Processor (CPU): Atari SALLY ("6502C") @ 1.19-1.79 MHz
Screen resolution: 320 x 240
Colors: 256 (max 25 per line)
Controller input: Atari Pro-Line Joystick
Joypad controller
Atari XG-1 light gun
Manual: Atari_7800.pdf
Best-selling game: Centipede
Predecessor: Atari 5200 (1982)
Successor: Atari XEGS (1987)


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