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Asteroids - working Atari 5200 Prototype


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here is my Atari 5200 Asteroids prototype for your enjoyment. Asteroids part number is CX5201 and was the first game atari planned to release for the 5200 but they put the kibosh on the game because it didn't play well with the new 5200 joysticks. this is an official original prototype that came out of atari and is not a reproduction game. this is what Asteroids would have been had atari put it out in 1982. look at the game and you will see its not a big improvement or very different from 2600 Asteroids. it's the same Asteroids as the Atari 400/800 game. would this have been enough to entice 2600 owners to jump ship to the 5200? enjoy,

 

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lance

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I hate to say it, but this seems to be another 5200 game like breakout that doesn't do enough graphically to really make you want to drop the 2600 version of the game to play it.

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If it's truly an identical port of the Atari 8-bit version, then you are correct NSG.  It's a little better than the 2600 version, there's a lot less flicker.  But not very exciting.  It has a multi-player version that's really good.  And when multiple asteroids overlap, the overlap area is black, which looks cool.  On the minus side, it's not very colorful.

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If it's truly an identical port of the Atari 8-bit version, then you are correct NSG.  It's a little better than the 2600 version, there's a lot less flicker.  But not very exciting.  It has a multi-player version that's really good.  And when multiple asteroids overlap, the overlap area is black, which looks cool.  On the minus side, it's not very colorful.

 

This would have been one more 5200 game that used all four ports on the original SuperSystem units.  Making a grand total of... three.  Four, if RealSports Basketball had been released, too.

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