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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 8306x 58%
Alien Brigade 1990 51257x 45%
Asteroids 1979 75696x 59%
Ballblazer 1985 16566x 70%
Basketbrawl 1990 15496x 46%
Castelian 1987 6286x 40%
Centipede 1980 128173x 62%
Choplifter 1982 10408x 72%
Commando 1985 8835x 60%
Crack'ed 1988 3542x 43%
Crossbow 1983 8645x 40%
Dark Chambers 1988 11421x 72%
Desert Falcon 1987 10691x 65%
Dig Dug 1982 16547x 64%
Donkey Kong 1981 25915x 57%
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 14421x 67%
Double Dragon 1987 7698x 53%
F-18 Hornet 1988 14730x 58%
Fatal Run 1989 12042x 58%
Fight Night 1985 18539x 56%
Food Fight 1987 21981x 69%
Froggie 2018 2755x 67%
Galaga 1981 22631x 61%
Hat Trick 1984 8127x 44%
Ikari Warriors 1986 7899x 50%
Impossible Mission 1984 14352x 64%
Joust 1982 9330x 75%
Karateka 1984 11678x 67%
Klax 1989 6398x 53%
Kung-Fu Master 1984 9861x 61%
Mario Bros. 1983 19918x 62%
Mat Mania Challenge 1986 13508x 57%
Midnight Mutants 1990 37286x 76%
MotorPsycho 1990 11614x 59%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 13934x 63%
Ninja Golf 1990 60356x 64%
One-On-One Basketball 1983 18845x 66%
Pac-Man Collection! 2006 182424x 60%
Planet Smashers 1990 8050x 70%
Pole Position II 1983 51405x 58%
Rampage 1986 7941x 70%
RealSports Baseball 1982 11720x 50%
Robotron: 2084 1982 35296x 61%
Scrapyard Dog 1990 8796x 71%
Summer Games 1984 11350x 53%
Super Pac-Man 1982 10279x 54%
TMP Wrestling 1987 8560x 58%
Tank Command 1988 12929x 51%
Tomcat: The F-14 ... 1988 21669x 49%
Touchdown Football 1984 8287x 52%
Water Ski 1988 5194x 46%
Winter Games 1985 13632x 61%
Xenophobe 1988 7601x 58%
Xevious 1982 9998x 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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