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Atari 7800 CatalogsAtari 7800 Catalogs

If you thought there were few catalogs for the 5200, there are even fewer for the 7800. The 7800 didn't have a very long shelf life and had very poor third-party support. In fact, one of the only third-party catalogs we've encountered that feature 7800 games is a single sheet included with some Absolute titles. We're someday hoping to build a complete library of 7800 catalogs. If you have any catalogs that we're missing and wouldn't mind scanning them in or letting us borrow them so we may scan them, please contact us as we'd love to hear from you!
Absolute Entertainment
Model Number: AG-946-126
Year: 1989
Titles: 7

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Model Number: CO25618-001 Rev. A
Year: 1984
Titles: 75

This is an unusual catalog from Atari in that it features games and hardware for the 2600, 5200, and 7800. While there are several Atari catalogs that feature multiple systems, it's unusual to see three generations of Atari hardware depicted in the same catalog. There are over 70 titles pictured in this catalog, 32 for the 2600, 30 for the 5200, and 13 for the 7800. There are many titles shown that never saw the light of day, such as Dr. Salk's "Peek-A-Boo", Elevator Action, Garfield, The Last Starfighter for the 2600 and Rescue on Fractalus! for the 7800. Also, at this point Asteroids for the 7800 was still listed as 3D Asteroids. Some unreleased hardware is also described, such as the Computer Keyboard, High Score Cartridge and 7800 ProSystem Game Adapter that would allow you to play 2600 and 7800 games on the 5200. The last page of the catalog features a description and a picture of the unreleased MindLink accessory for the 2600 and 7800 that would allow you to control games by sending "electronic impulses from your brain to the game console".
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Model Number: CO34003 Rev. A
Year: 1987
Titles: 133

Yet another poster catalog from Atari (these seemed to be the norm in Atari's later years), this one features games from the 2600, 7800, and XE Video Game System. This catalog lists 133 titles in all, including 16 from the 2600, 20 from the 7800 and 87 titles for the XE Game System (of which many of these are third-party). Roughly the same amount of space is devoted to each system, with the XE Game System touted as "The Ultimate System for the Advanced Game Player." The 2600 is listed as the, "World's Most Popular Video Game System" and the 7800's tag line is, "The State-of-the-Art Video Game System." Some hardware is also depicted, although nothing out of the ordinary.
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Model Number: C300593-001 Rev. A
Year: 1988
Titles: 29

Atari produced two different Atari Advantage catalogs, one for the 2600 and another for the 7800. This catalog features all the 7800 games that were available (or coming soon) when the catalog was published. Nearly 30 7800 games are shown, with 13 of those titles designated as "Coming Soon". All the games depicted in this catalog would see the light of day, although Deluxe Asteroids would be released simply as Asteroids (perhaps to avoid confusion with the earlier Atari coin-op Asteroids Deluxe?) This catalog featured a contest with the grand prize being a 7-day trip to California including a day at Atari Headquarters to "see video games designed." But in order to become eligible to enter an essay writing contest to win the trip you first had to purchase 25 game cartridges. In addition, purchasing games could net you free Atari T-shirts, game cartridges, and discounts on Atari hardware.
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