I'm 20 years old, never played anything older than a Nintendo 64, and I'm really interested in picking up an Atari 7800 (or a NES, but this isn't a NES forum). It looks like a wonderful system with an active homebrew community (assuming backwards compatibility with Atari 2600 games), and phenomenal pick-up-and-play games (all I really have time for in college, unfortunately).
I have some questions.
I found a website that claims to sell new Atari 7800 systems, which can be found here: http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/7800.htm. Is this website legitimate? Assuming that the website is legitimate, I am interested in the Reconditioned Atari US CX7800 System Upgraded with the Atari Engineering 7800 Rev. 2 Composite Video Modification. Is this a good choice? Although I garnered that this was an upgrade from the regular Atari 7800, is there any reason to look into the Euro OS upgrade as well, for an extra $15? I'm assuming that I will need a CRT TV to play the Atari 7800 on. Are there any specific brands that you would recommend I look into on ebay or Goodwill? It looks like the Atrari 7800 comes with unofficial controllers. Should I look into getting official ones, or are the unofficial ones provided suitable? Is the Atari 7800 100% backwards compatible with the Atari 2600? I'm pretty sure it is not with the Atari 5200. If you were to choose some games that would most likely appeal to someone who didn't really start gaming until the very early 2000s, which games would you choose, genre be damned? (Game recommendations? I'm open to homebrew as well if it's avaiable from AtariAge!)
Thank you very much for your help.