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#21 Yo-Yo

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 10:29 PM

Pocket Simon is still a good chunk larger than Touch Me though
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#22 Arenafoot

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 10:48 PM

How about the Radio Shack Pocket Repeat / Tandy Electronic Repeat for small size and handheld? I never owned one, but always saw them advertised in the Radio Shack catalogs and sales flyers on a regular basis.

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 11:14 PM

I've never seen the top version, but the bottom one definitely looks familiar.

I only had a Pocket Simon, which was great.


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#24 Arenafoot

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 11:25 PM

I only had a Pocket Simon, which was great.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 04:53 PM

I wonder why Atari never capitalized on the handheld market. They certainly had the technical know-how to have at least attempted, but after Touch Me, they never made another beyond prototypes.
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#26 Yo-Yo

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 12:58 PM

I wonder why Atari never capitalized on the handheld market. They certainly had the technical know-how to have at least attempted, but after Touch Me, they never made another beyond prototypes.


It hurt them more than we talk about too. They ceded that whole market to Mattel and Coleco. Atari paid millions for the rights to games like Pac-Man and allowed the handheld/tabletop rights to go to Coleco. When it came time to negotiate Donkey Kong, Nintendo decided to go with Coleco instead because they had the ability to put Donkey Kong on a handheld and manufacture Donkey Kong toys. Nintendo has always been a toy company at heart and correctly saw that Atari wasn't, but should have been.


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#27 RickR

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 01:20 PM

Great question Lee and great insightful answer Yo-Yo.

I've always been disappointed that Atari never released the Cosmos.
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Posted 01 October 2015 - 02:32 PM

Indeed I agree, Yo-Yo. It did hurt them.
Atari had great properties that would have made a killing in the handheld market: Space Invaders, Asteroids, Missile Command, Pac-Man, even Breakout. They missed a golden opportunity. I think Missile Command in particular could have been realized as a handheld extremely well.
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#29 Yo-Yo

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 02:38 PM

Yeah I think they were working on a Missile Command one that would have looked like one of these:

 

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Tod Frye discussed these handhelds in the article uncle Arenafoot linked to the other day: http://forums.atari....00-development/


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#30 StormSurge

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 02:56 PM

Man, those would have been AMAZING.


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#31 Yo-Yo

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 04:34 PM

I wonder if the dark circles at the top edge of the handhelds would have been IR emitters for 2-player action


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 12:18 AM

 

 

And here's a shot of the whole handheld collection I've been building over many years.  These things are a lot of fun, and don't take up much space.

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Sorry to derail the topic, but what's that pinball one? Is it LCD or electromechanical?



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Posted 30 October 2015 - 12:22 AM

It's LCD.  Tomy Electronic Pinball.  I got that one new when I was a kid.  Spent hours playing it.  It's not bad really, but pretty crude by modern standards.


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 01:30 AM

Here's a video (not mine) of the pinball game in action.  This guy isn't very good at it, but you get an idea of the play.  I always thought it was really well done, and the sounds are really good. 

 


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#35 LeeJ07

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 09:43 AM

The Tomy Pinball is awesome!
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 03:09 PM

I have an Atari "Touch Me" listed on ebay at this moment.  I'll give a nice price break to Atari.io members if anyone here is interested.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1586.l2649


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 05:30 PM

Just saw a touch me up on goodwill! For your viewing pleasure.

http://www.shopgoodw...S-27206416.html




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