Atari 7800 Console

The Atari 7800 ProSystem, or simply the Atari 7800, is a home video game console officially released by Atari Corporation in 1986. It had simple digital joysticks and was almost fully backward-compatible with the Atari 2600, the first console to have backward compatibility without the use of additional modules. It was considered affordable at a price of US$140.

The 1986 launch is sometimes referred to as a “re-release” or “relaunch” because the Atari 7800 had originally been announced on May 21, 1984, to replace Atari Inc.’s Atari 5200, but a general release was shelved due to the sale of the company. A few units were released to test markets in June 1984 though. However, by 1987 the Nintendo Entertainment System was already dominating a new 8-bit market, and the 7800 could not gain major footprint.

In 2009, IGN chose the 7800 to be their 17th best video game console of all time. They justified this relatively low ranking (though higher than every other Atari console save the 2600) with the summary statement: “Its delayed release, its cancelled peripherals, and a lack of financial backing from the company’s new owners all combined to ensure that Atari 7800 would never see any success beyond being a sexier way of playing Atari 2600 titles.”

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Ace of Aces
Alien Brigade
Armor Attack II (aftermarket)
Asteroids
Asteroids Deluxe (aftermarket)
Astro Blaster (aftermarket)
Ballblazer
Barnyard Blaster
Basketbrawl
Beef Drop (aftermarket)
B*nQ (aftermarket)
Centipede
Choplifter!
Combat 1990 (aftermarket)
Commando
Crack’ed
Crazy Brix (aftermarket)
Crazy Otto (video game) (aftermarket)
Crossbow
Dark Chambers
Desert Falcon
Dig Dug
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Junior
Double Dragon
F-18 Hornet (video game)
FailSafe (aftermarket)
Fatal Run
Fight Night
Food Fight
Frenzy (aftermarket)
Galaga
Hangly-Man (aftermarket)
Hat Trick
Ikari Warriors
Impossible Mission
Jinks (video game)
Joust
Jr. Pac-Man (aftermarket)
K.C. Munchkin (aftermarket)
Karateka
Klax (aftermarket)
Kung-Fu Master
Mario Bros.
Mat Mania Challenge
Mean 18 Ultimate Golf
Meltdown
Meteor Shower (aftermarket)
Midnight Mutants
Moon Cresta (aftermarket)
Motor Psycho
Ms. Pac-Attack (aftermarket)
Ms. Pac-Man
Ninja Golf
One-On-One Basketball
Pac-Man (aftermarket)
Pac-Man Collection (aftermarket)
Pac-Man Plus (aftermarket)
Pac-Pollux (aftermarket)
Pete Rose Baseball
Planet Smashers (video game)
Pole Position II
Rampage
Realsports Baseball (video game)
Rip-Off (aftermarket)
Robotron: 2084
Santa Simon (aftermarket)
Scramble (aftermarket)
Scrapyard Dog
Sentinel
Space Duel (aftermarket)
Space Invaders (aftermarket)
Summer Games
Super Huey
Super Pac-Man (aftermarket)
Super Skateboardin’
Tank Command
Title Match Pro Wrestling
Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator
Touchdown Football
Tower Toppler
Wasp! (aftermarket)
Water Ski (video game)
Winter Games
Worm! (aftermarket)
Xenophobe
Xevious
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