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#1 Dolt OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 2:35 PM

Check it out:
http://hosted.ap.org...EMPLATE=DEFAULT

#2 Mr.FoodMonster OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 2:38 PM

The second is Atari Flashback, a slightly miniaturized version of the old Atari 7800 from the mid-'80s. It will have 20 games built into it, including "Breakout," "Solaris," "Crystal Castles" and "Battlezone."


Thats freaking AWESOME. I dont care about the other part as much, but this is INCREDIBLY cool.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 2:38 PM

Doh! Didn't see the posting below in the forum. Oh well--at least you get some commentary from Atari PR guys in the article I linked to.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 3:16 PM

Besides its array of classic Atari 2600 and 7800 titles, the Atari Flashback console will include one previously unreleased game: "Saboteur."


Hmmmm At first I thought it might be the orginal Arcade versions... But it appears to be the 2600-7800 versions. I wonder if SHW was involved in this, didnt he program Saboteur?

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 3:37 PM

I must have one of these! Even though there is no cart slot and I already have most of the games, it's something we've all been wishing for. Yeah, it's a long way from perfect, but if it sells well we may see a Flashback Vol. 2 someday. Pole Position and Submarine Commander would have been nice additions.
Besides, if they included a cartridge slot, there are kids that would look at it and say, "What is supposed to go in there? Where does the CD go?" :|

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 3:46 PM

Besides, if they included a cartridge slot, there are kids that would look at it and say, "What is supposed to go in there?  Where does the CD go?"  :|

How about a CD? Put every damn 2600/7800 game ever made by all companies on CDs that will play on this thing. No emulation, no messed up sound, no messed up frame rate because it has the real guts of an Atari 7800.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 3:48 PM

I wonder if this will impact AA since you can get thes Roms here? I hope not. I hope that Atari realizes this community adds a lot to thier marketing simply by keeping the system alive for all those years (before it was cool to be gaming retro!) Also I am sure quite a few regulars here (including myself) will go out and buy one of these even though I have most of the games in cart form.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 4:20 PM

Yeah, I have to admit, I've already planted the idea in my wife's brain by casually mentioning it to her over the phone. I could tell by her questions that she's already mulling it over for a Christmas present to me. :D

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 4:28 PM

Check this out:

http://www.atari.com..._flashback/7800

It looks like they're even going to use joysticks just like the original 7800 joysticks. Don't most people dislike those joysticks?

-Jarett

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 5:26 PM

Anyone know if these are the original games/hardware or 'new' versions?
Looks pretty interesting, but I wonder why they included Warlords without any paddle controllers. :ponder:
It's kinda silly that it only has 20 games. I think it should have at least 50 for the price, and be able to save your high scores. Either that or have a slot to plug in more 20 in 1 cartridges. :P Then again, if it was all homebrews and hacks that would be pretty cool. Let's see if that gives Al any ideas. :lolblue: :D

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 5:34 PM

Then again, if it was all homebrews and hacks that would be pretty cool. Let's see if that gives Al any ideas. :lolblue:   :D


I have broached the subject of a homebrew multi-cart to some authors in the past, but to date nothing has come of it. Will probably happen down the road, though. :)

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 5:48 PM

Why oh why did they have to revive the dreaded ProLine joystick for this?

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 5:53 PM

I should have known Al had already thought of that. Keep working on those programmers and maybe we'll see one sooner rather than later. :)

I might have to buy one of these consoles just to take it apart and see what's inside. :ponder:

On another note, it looks like the controllers might have start and pause buttons on them which would be cool. Of course, if they do, then we probably won't be able to use our old controllers. :(

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 6:05 PM

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 6:25 PM

Why oh why did they have to revive the dreaded ProLine joystick for this?


Well, since it is a 7800 remake and they are the original 7800 joysticks.... besides from what I heard, the new joysticks are smaller and sit very comfortably in peoples hands and work much better... plus Pause and Select are right on the joysticks....



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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 6:31 PM

.... besides from what I heard ....


Curt,

Do companies ever contact you when they're designing a project like this? Your input / knowledge would seem an invaluable resource for them to tap into.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 6:39 PM

Maybe this could help people that are into making Mini versions of consoles? 7800 on a chip, anybody?

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 8:41 PM

I wonder if the top of the joystick will turn so you can use it as the paddle for warlords and break out?

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 9:35 PM

I wonder if they are going to sell these in Australia :?
Why would they go to all this trouble to make a new machine only to have 20games???
If they wanted to make alot of money why not include all or most of Ataris games?
Now that would be a machine from hell! :D

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 9:51 PM

I definately want santa to drop one of these at cobra headquaters.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 10:07 PM

Is this a coincidence? Just a few days ago we had a thread discussing the possibility of one of these being released. I believe it was NovaXpress (perhaps someone else, I dont remember) who was cussing up a storm saying this wouldnt happen.

I hope this thing doesnt breing down the value of my Atari!

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 10:10 PM

Oh, heres the thread right here.

http://www.atariage....pic.php?t=56721

It looks like the discussion has been going on. (I havent been here in a couple of days and just logged on)

Ill have to read the latest.

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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004 10:56 PM

LOL how ironic.

I'm guessing all the nay-sayers will now back pedal stating that the unit doesn't count because it doesn't include a cart slot or some such non-sense. :P

Personally I hope the system does great in the hopes some other company will release one, maybe even a better one with mucho more games. I doubt it will do all that well though... $40 for 20 old games doesn't sound like much of a bargin unfortunately. Perhaps there is some way that new games can be added in the future?

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Posted Wed Sep 8, 2004 1:20 AM

depending on the design. It might be possible to add a cart slot. Wait, perhaps we can send one over seas and get them pirated. Then it will have a faircom slot. lol

laters,

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Posted Wed Sep 8, 2004 5:43 AM

Hi there!

It looks like they're even going to use joysticks just like the original 7800 joysticks.  Don't most people dislike those joysticks?


Huh?!? Those look pretty much like normal Atari Joysticks.

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