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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
Ace of Aces 1986 4837x 38%
Alien Brigade 1990 34006x 44%
Asteroids 1979 57164x 58%
Ballblazer 1985 11516x 71%
Basketbrawl 1990 11155x 47%
Castelian 1987 4420x 40%
Centipede 1980 99771x 62%
Choplifter 1982 7922x 73%
Commando 1985 6532x 60%
Crack'ed 1988 1522x 50%
Crossbow 1983 6704x 70%
Dark Chambers 1988 8507x 58%
Desert Falcon 1987 7870x 62%
Dig Dug 1982 12310x 61%
Donkey Kong 1981 17082x 57%
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 9800x 62%
Double Dragon 1987 5498x 57%
F-18 Hornet 1988 9904x 62%
Fatal Run 1989 8944x 55%
Fight Night 1985 13342x 60%
Food Fight 1987 17296x 69%
Galaga 1981 16794x 57%
Hat Trick 1984 5103x 46%
Ikari Warriors 1986 5807x 53%
Impossible Mission 1984 10639x 60%
Joust 1982 6596x 82%
Karateka 1984 8314x 68%
Klax 1989 4528x 53%
Kung-Fu Master 1984 7308x 60%
Mario Bros. 1983 13103x 55%
Mat Mania Challenge 1986 9600x 61%
Midnight Mutants 1990 21978x 73%
MotorPsycho 1990 8200x 57%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10573x 65%
Ninja Golf 1990 36028x 61%
One-On-One Basketball 1983 13402x 65%
Pac-Man Collection! 2006 138057x 59%
Planet Smashers 1990 5452x 62%
Pole Position II 1983 33708x 58%
Rampage 1986 5815x 70%
RealSports Baseball 1982 8917x 47%
Robotron: 2084 1982 24958x 60%
Scrapyard Dog 1990 5854x 71%
Summer Games 1984 7328x 53%
TMP Wrestling 1987 5664x 51%
Tank Command 1988 8660x 51%
Tomcat: The F-14 ... 1988 16413x 49%
Touchdown Football 1984 5329x 51%
Water Ski 1988 2915x 70%
Winter Games 1985 9300x 59%
Xenophobe 1988 5599x 58%
Xevious 1982 7182x 65%

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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