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Just saw this a few moments ago. Has anyone seen this handheld or have any additional info?

 

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Looking at the images, there doesn't seem to be any color ('colour' for those across the Atlantic :) ) or difficulty switches on the handheld, nor is there a PAL/NTSC selection option (PAL only?). Supposedly it should be available November 2017 and can be pre-ordered now.

 

 

http://www.funstockretro.co.uk/atari-retro-handheld

 

The following IGN article mentions an 'analog' control stick (for paddle games????)

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/09/01/nintendo-switch-style-atari-2600-retro-handheld-console-revealed

 

 

gbennett0321

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It does say Officially Licensed on the product page.

 

I wonder if it has Blue-Tooth to the Speaker-Cap. (sorry, sorry, Hehehe)

 

I will probably buy one, but I won't be pre-ordering it.

 

MrBlackCat

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The aesthetics of the mock up look awesome! Much nicer than the Flashback Portable models for sure. We'll have to wait and see what the game compatibility is like if SD cards are supported and if all the proper switches are present on the final model before judgment is cast though.

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Getting tired of these handhelds with these tiny weenie little screens, considering the market these would appeal to they should consider the failing eyesight of the older generation. I mean come on. these days I wont even consider anything with less than a 5' screen and even then I prefer at least a 7' screen. That all said though they really do not seem to be offering anything we do not already have or can do better and cheaper. Yes it looks pretty cool and that seems about it :lolblue:

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Yeah... Every time I look at this it just seems better and better. Themed stuff is awesome, but the degree of association with the original in this case is WAY ahead of the AtGames handheld. :)

 

MrBlackCat

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Waiting for the cease and desist to kick in...

If it were a pirate thing, it would have more and better games on it. Theres a TV game version (single joystick) with the same lineup.

 

I believe this is official Atari merchandise. The same people who are bringing us the stupid Speaker Hat.

 

Does this mean UK and other European territories wont get the AtGames Flashback stuff, which looks a whole lot better in every way?

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Initial thoughts. Why do I need 2 buttons to play 2600 games? Why does it have fewer games than the Atari Flashback Portable? I don't want that weird analog input device, I want a standard D-Pad. It appears there's no place to insert a SD memory card, unless it's under the battery cover. Is the hardware just system on a chip? If so then how is it better than the Flashback Portable?

 

I'll wait for the reviews before I make my final judgment, but I've got a feeling I'm going to pass on this one.

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"Funstock" sounds like a porn distributor.

We would do well to have a retro retailer like them in the United States. They advertise a lot, they seem to know what theyre selling, and they have it all in one place.

 

Not getting a porny vibe from it. Maybe if it were called something like GameCock I would feel different.

 

(Note to self: register trademark... maybe I could be the proud parent of the Coleco Cockmaster or similar)

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(Note to self: register trademark... maybe I could be the proud parent of the Coleco Cockmaster or similar)

Too late Mike has that covered.

 

In all seriousness though I didn't get a porn vibe either but it does look on the outside pretty nicely done, but how it runs is what matters. It may look nice, but no memory card slot means a locked selection to atgames has nothing to worry about.

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No SD card slot = no buy for me. Why would I limit myself with that when we already have the At Games handheld with and SD card slot?!

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Initial thoughts. Why do I need 2 buttons to play 2600 games? Why does it have fewer games than the Atari Flashback Portable? I don't want that weird analog input device, I want a standard D-Pad. It appears there's no place to insert a SD memory card, unless it's under the battery cover. Is the hardware just system on a chip? If so then how is it better than the Flashback Portable?

 

I'll wait for the reviews before I make my final judgment, but I've got a feeling I'm going to pass on this one.

My guess would be a turbo button?

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We would do well to have a retro retailer like them in the United States. They advertise a lot, they seem to know what theyre selling, and they have it all in one place.

 

Not getting a porny vibe from it. Maybe if it were called something like GameCock I would feel different.

 

(Note to self: register trademark... maybe I could be the proud parent of the Coleco Cockmaster or similar)

GameCocks are a collegiate mascot for some random university from South Carolina. Sounds like a legit name for a bootleg gaming device. Brownie points if it gets a rooster on the menu screen.

 

Because I gotta ask, this device has no relation to Atgames or Ataribox, correct? Seems Atari is really whoring their brand out. Many similar games to the AtGames stuff minus the Activision and Namco licensing. Since it's getting a European distribution, I have to know if the composite video output is PAL formatted or NTSC.

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Have I just never seen one, or why has no one taken an AtGames Atari Handheld and made a themed case for it? Kind of like what we are looking at here, but even more themed. Maybe even enough themed to start sacrificing function! YEAH! Like high-heels of handhelds! Ok, not really, but there are tons of cases of aesthetics over function, so it would be ok. :) Now that I have seen this one, I can think of other stuff that might make it look even more Atari-ish. I should sketch something up and get the spouse to try it. We do have an extra Atari Handheld or two. :D

 

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I think not having an SD card slot is a real shame. Looks better than the flashback, but if it cant play the same amount of games then hard to get excited about. Also think that if you are going to add a TV out at this point, it better be HDMI. I would gladly pay more for these features.

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The Atari Retro Handheld can be pre-ordered and will be released in November, so I would believe that the images represent the final product, and since the description does not list an SD card slot, it is unlikely that there is one located on this unit. Funstock Retro carries a wide range of retro gaming systems including the Atari Flashback consoles and portables, and I second what Flojomojo said in an earlier post. It would be nice to have a distributor like that in the United States. The listing does not include the name of the company producing the Atari Retro Handheld, and I have not read a press release from Atari, so I do not think it's a gaming console directly put out by them like the Ataribox. The only thing I have to think is that Atari licensed the name to a new company, but it's strange that the companies name is not listed anywhere. I am a huge fan of Atari, and have the first generation Atari Flashback Portable, which I really enjoy. I now have the Atari Flashback 8 Gold on reserve at Gamestop for the 9/22 release. While researching the new Atari Retro Handheld, I noticed something interesting on the Atari website. I am almost certain, they previously had the Atari Flashback consoles by AtGames listed on their website, and today, I could not find the Flashback consoles or portables listed anywhere on the Atari website. I purchased the Atari Flashback Portable, because it appeared that Atari did not just license out the name, but also endorsed the portables as more of an Atari console rather than just an AtGames console. Now that I do not see the consoles listed on the site, I am wondering what the relationship with AtGames is going to be in the future. With the news on the Ataribox, I would have thought this means Atari is moving all consoles in house, but then the Atari Retro pops up out of no where in the UK. I hope Atari does not continue licensing the name out to other companies, and brings all future consoles in house, selling them as official Atari consoles.

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Atari unfortunately is not in a great position to be able to produce any consoles on their own. It is way easier for them to collect a license fee and have someone else make the console.

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This is a European only product that has nothing to do with AtGames. Atari chose to license the rights to a similar product to another company for the European product. It is actually inferior to what the AtGames offering is for this year (and even last), although some clearly like the case design on this one.

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