With respect to our beloved A8 platform, a few minor additions:
Agree that most 5200 hacks work great, if not as good or better on A8, but on account of speed alone the 5200 versions of Qix and Space Dungeon are quite a bit different than the circulating 8 bit conversions of which I am aware (made by Glenn the 5200 Man; thank you very much Glenn!). Not sure why but A8 Qix conversion is way too slow; it is much slower than the 5200 native version, and to me this takes a good deal of the fun out of Qix (w/ its arcade roots). Space Dungeon A8 conversion is slower too but to me this is a good thing: Space Dungeon 5200 native, as fast as it is, is very, very hard (as it also was in the arcade)!
Stock controllers are truly awkward for most games; definitely helps to use an alternative instead -- if you're into or interested in the 5200 -- such as a Wico AT-5200 (two button joystick controller with adapter for 5200).
The CX-53 trackball is faster and more precise than the CX-22 and CX-80 trackballs (and yes it takes up almost as much space as the 5200 itself).
There was a concerted effort to use the CX-53 for 5200 games vs. Atari releasing only Missile Command with trackball mode for A8. I only have a CX-80 currently to compare it with but although its a monstrosity, the CX-53 seems like the better made trackball. FWIW, my CX-53 was obtained used but in good condition and the CX-80 was purchased new.
I enjoy watching the 5200 4 port RF modulator synch up with my Sony LCD (used as it is the only TV in the house with an analog RF tuner).
I have an atarimax 128-in-1 5200 cart made before Steve started doing the 5200 SD carts; it has most of the better games and a few cool A8 to 5200 ports (like Caverns of Mars, Chicken and Shamus).
5200 Adventure II!!! Almost forgot...
Also, a question: are A8 and 5200 versions of Berzerk and Robotron identical? Are there any differences?
7800 is a great system too; not the biggest or best Atari library and most of the good games are arcade ports but lots of really great homebrew games sold here at AtariAge for the 7800! Alternate controllers are essential for the 7800 as well: if you can track one down, the CX-78 is a decent two button gamepad; consider checking out the Edlladdin stuff in AtariAge's 7800 store.
Lynx is amazing tech for its time! I still think it is one of the best portable systems ever created (if you don't count the lack of battery life and issues related to extended on the go gaming). As Lord Thag said Lynx had "Tons of great arcade ports and system exclusives."
Jaguar is limited but as is known this was mostly due to lack of support. For me Tempest 2000 alone makes it worth owning but Tempest is my all time favorite arcade game and it is much cheaper and easier to own a Jaguar than tracking down a Tempest cabinet (I would add as an arcade Tempest "purist" if there is such a thing that although Tempest 2000 is amazing, versions of Tempest/Tempest Plus included with Tempest 2000 are not so good, at least as representations of the arcade original; of course there is the issue of conversion of control to Jag from arcade too).
Very hard to program and make the diverse parts of Jag hardware sing?
I still remember Sam Tramiel being interviewed for NextGeneration magazine and answering that "Playstation does have more memory than Jaguar, it's using more silicon as the solution" when asked if Jaguar as it was designed was inferior to Sega's Saturn and Sony's PS One (weird also that that was Sony's first entry and just about the time of Sega's exit: Dreamcast another great but under-supported system).
I thought the chance for good press for Atari in NextGen at the time was great but the interview seemed like a lot of clueless spin/bullshit.
Sorry if I'm offending any Sam Tramiel fans out there!
So in summary I own a 5200 to play 3 games and because I think the trackball is kinda cool and I own a Jaguar to play 1 game (not really: I like AVP and Iron Soldier too)...there are a couple of good games to play on original hardware for these two systems but you could probably get by with existing Tempest A8 offerings too.
Edited by Fingolfin, Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:35 PM.