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Atari 7800 System
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  • Description
    The Atari 7800 was released by Atari in June 1986. The 7800 was designed to replace the unsuccessful Atari 5200, and re-establish Atari's market supremacy against Nintendo and sega. With this system, Atari addressed all the shortcomings of the Atari 5200: it had simple digital joysticks; it was almost fully backward-compatible with the Atari 2600; and it was affordable.

    Includes AC Adaptor, RF unit, and one Atari 7800 controllers.


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    Atari 7800
    by David Pugh from North Carolina United States
    21 Aug 2015

    After the failure of the 5200, Atari needed to go back to the drawing board. One of the key criticisms of the previous machine was that it couldn’t play Atari 2600 games – especially when the rival ColecoVision had an adapter to do just that way before Atari came up with their own solution. For the first time in their history, Atari (through their owners at the time Warner Bros.) turned to somebody else for their new hardware. Fledgling company GCC, who Atari had previously taken to court for illegally hacking their arcade hardware, came up with the 7800 ProSystem. An 8-bit console based designed around the powerful Maria graphics chip, it offered up 2600 compatibility right out of the box. Although it achieved moderate success in both North America and Europe alike it was pushed out by the NES and Master System and is not nearly as well regarded by gamers today as it should be.

    Currently One
    by David 20 Jul 2009

    I have owned a 2600 for probly 15+ years now W/40+ games, about 2 years ago I stumbled apon a 7800 prosystem in the box W/the O.G. instructions, catalog, warrenty card the power supply, 2 joysticks, RF mod and 8 games all for 15 bucks!!!! I dont really know if the 7800 Prosystem is different than the 7800, all I know is that my old 2600 games work perfectly in it. Of th 8 games that came with, 3 of them are 7800 and the other 5 are 2600. The 3 7800 are, Centepede, Choperlifter & a better Asteroids. Of the other 5 games I scored the Ole Star Trek the motion picture game and the Empire Strikes Back(wich was the final reason I picked it all up). The system has a pause button which only works on the 7800 games. The only problem with the system it the select button sticks somtimes. Not a bad haul for a trip to Goodwill.


    The Atari 7800 was released in 1986 as Atari's answer to the NES, although it wasn't meant to be an NES competitor at first. The 7800 was designed by second-party developer General Computer in late 1983 in wake of the failure of the Atari 5200. Unlike the 5200, the new system would be cheap, use simple digital joysticks, and most importantly, it would be backwards compatible with almost every Atari 2600 game, meaning that people didn't have to get rid of their 2600 games or buy an adapter. The 7800 was introduced at the CES in May 1984, and was set for a fall 1984 release date. The 7800 would be priced at $140, and include 2 joysticks and Pole Position II as the pack-in game. A computer keyboard and high score cartridge (that saved high scores through battery back-up) were also planned for the new system. However, in July 1984, Warner Communications, the parent company of Atari, sold Atari's consumer division to Jack Tramiel, who was the founder and former CEO of Commodore. Under Tramiel's new leadership, the 7800 was put on hold while Tramiel worked out financial issues with General Computer. The 7800 would not be released for another 2 years as a result. When it did come out, the 7800 couldn't stand a chance against the NES, due to the NES' skyrocketing popularity and the fact that developers who signed to Nintendo could not develop for other systems. Nevertheless, the 7800 was produced for almost 6 years, until it was officially discontinued in January 1992. Despite it being short-lived and only having a library of less than 60 games, the 7800 is regarded as an "underdog" system and is fairly popular with collectors. The 7800's library is mainly known for its great arcade ports (e.g. Joust, Xevious, Ms. Pac-Man) and quirky original titles (e.g. Ninja Golf, Scrapyard Dog, Midnight Mutants).