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Blasts from the Past: NES and Atari 2600 Live Again

Presenting a first-hand look at two legendary platforms given a new lease of life.

Article by Ken Horowitz (Email)
June 29th 2005, 08:54PM

Time to Flashback to the Atari Era One More Time

So maybe you want to go back a bit further in gaming history to get your classic gaming fix. Well, Atari's got you covered...again. Last year's Flashback console was a big hit, and gamers were all over the chance to play 2600 and 7800 classics in a single unit. Not content to sit on their laurels, Atari immediately began planning the second installment, and the Flashback 2.0 is the spectacular result. The next generation of plug-and-play peripherals begins here, my friends.


The newest Flashback goes above and beyond the original in almost every way. The amount of games included has been doubled to forty, including several new and unreleased titles, and even four homebrew games. It seems that the software maker wants to smooth things out with the homebrew community, after a situation regarding Adventure 2, before the first system was released last year. This is a smart move on Atari's part, and they can only benefit from maintaining a good relationship with the retro community.

The Real Deal

The designers of the Flashback 2.0 had much more time to work this time around, and the extra time was put to very good use. The new version is as close to the original 2600 experience as you can get without tracking down a "heavy sixer" console at a garage sale. Even the box harks back that era when American consoles were king. The unit itself comes equipped with two real 2600 joysticks, which are leagues better than the originals. They look the same, but feel and play much better, which is sure to save many a gamer's hand from turning into a locked claw. The 2.0 is also fully compatible with all existing accessories. Time to bring my paddles out of retirement for some Arcade Pong!

The thing to remember is that this is an actual 2600 running here, and Atari knew that fans may want to play their own game libraries. It requires a little modding, but you can wire this baby up to switch between both carts and those titles already built-in. Even better, it comes bundled with an AC adapter for extended plays and can even be hacked to use batteries. With such potential hits as Return to Haunted House and Adventure II among the neatly categorized selections, there's more than enough here to keep you gaming well into the night. There are even two hidden games for you to find!

The proposed list of included games is as follows:

  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Adventure
  • Adventure II
  • Aquaventure
  • Arcade Asteroids
  • Arcade Pong
  • Asteroids Deluxe
  • Atari Climber
  • Battlezone
  • Caverns Of Mars
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Combat 2
  • Dodge'm
  • Fatal Run
  • Frog Pond
  • Hangman
  • Haunted House
  • Human Cannonball
  • Lunar Lander
  • Maze Craze
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command
  • Off the Wall
  • Outlaw
  • Pitfall
  • Quadrun
  • Radar Lock
  • Return To Haunted House
  • River Raid
  • Saboteur
  • Save Mary
  • Secret Quest
  • Space Duel
  • Space War
  • Video Checkers
  • Video Chess
  • Wizard
  • Yars' Return
  • Yars' Revenge

The Atari Flashback 2.0 should be out sometime next month, so dust off those paddles and sticks and get to gaming!

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