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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 6167x 38%
Alien Brigade 1990 42908x 44%
Asteroids 1979 66363x 57%
Ballblazer 1985 13822x 71%
Basketbrawl 1990 13108x 46%
Castelian 1987 5323x 40%
Centipede 1980 112553x 62%
Choplifter 1982 9192x 72%
Commando 1985 7600x 60%
Crack'ed 1988 2432x 50%
Crossbow 1983 7582x 70%
Dark Chambers 1988 9883x 59%
Desert Falcon 1987 9272x 62%
Dig Dug 1982 14141x 62%
Donkey Kong 1981 21101x 57%
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 11847x 64%
Double Dragon 1987 6585x 57%
F-18 Hornet 1988 12233x 57%
Fatal Run 1989 10298x 55%
Fight Night 1985 15727x 57%
Food Fight 1987 19457x 69%
Galaga 1981 19356x 59%
Hat Trick 1984 6492x 44%
Ikari Warriors 1986 6802x 50%
Impossible Mission 1984 12251x 61%
Joust 1982 8087x 75%
Karateka 1984 10038x 67%
Klax 1989 5443x 53%
Kung-Fu Master 1984 8548x 61%
Mario Bros. 1983 16073x 58%
Mat Mania Challenge 1986 11255x 55%
Midnight Mutants 1990 30645x 73%
MotorPsycho 1990 9718x 59%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 12015x 63%
Ninja Golf 1990 47757x 61%
One-On-One Basketball 1983 15903x 66%
Pac-Man Collection! 2006 158043x 59%
Planet Smashers 1990 6560x 63%
Pole Position II 1983 42284x 56%
Rampage 1986 6777x 70%
RealSports Baseball 1982 10165x 52%
Robotron: 2084 1982 29969x 62%
Scrapyard Dog 1990 7093x 71%
Summer Games 1984 9206x 54%
Super Pac-Man 1982 4769x 53%
TMP Wrestling 1987 7055x 53%
Tank Command 1988 10558x 49%
Tomcat: The F-14 ... 1988 18746x 48%
Touchdown Football 1984 6861x 58%
Water Ski 1988 4058x 50%
Winter Games 1985 11195x 57%
Xenophobe 1988 6431x 58%
Xevious 1982 8585x 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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