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Quick question for all you Atari 7800 owners out there


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2 hours ago, kamakazi20012 said:

You'll enjoy it.  If you love the 2600 you'll fall in love with the 7800.  It is a little beast of a hidden gem.  

Thanks. Looking forward to playing Food Fight, Pole Position II, and Ballblazer. Maybe I'll even get KC Munchkin someday! So happy to find out someone made that.

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Update, everyone! Today my local game store called me back. They're getting a system in next week, and since I'm the only one on the list, it's coming home with me! I've got all my Christmas money accounted for, and I'm going to buy me a 7800! Thanks so much for all of your help, everyone!

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33 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

It's an awesome investment.  Congrats on the new family member 😁

Thanks, @kamakazi20012. Only problem is I don't think I have a place to put it... It's too wide to fit in one of the cubbyholes that I have in our gameroom. Guess it can just sit on the floor when I get it for a while until I find a good place for it.

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12 hours ago, HDN said:

Thanks, @kamakazi20012. Only problem is I don't think I have a place to put it... It's too wide to fit in one of the cubbyholes that I have in our gameroom. Guess it can just sit on the floor when I get it for a while until I find a good place for it.

Put in place of where your 2600 sits currently perhaps? I have all the variants of the 2600 console released. Not a single one of those 2600 systems is actually connected or at the ready for play because I just use my 7800 for all of that.

 

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Just now, CrossBow said:

Put in place of where your 2600 sits currently perhaps? I have all the variants of the 2600 console released. Not a single one of those 2600 systems is actually connected or at the ready for play because I just use my 7800 for all of that.

 

@CrossBow My 2600 is in my bedroom currently. I was thinking of putting the 7800 downstairs in the actual game room to spread the Atari 2600 goodness around the house.

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4 minutes ago, HDN said:

@CrossBow My 2600 is in my bedroom currently. I was thinking of putting the 7800 downstairs in the actual game room to spread the Atari 2600 goodness around the house.

That sounds like an excellent plan! The 7800 is actually a little smaller than the standard 2600 systems minus the JR of course. So I've never really had any issues finding a place for mine. The 5200 and the Colecovision are much more difficult to find space for and I end up storing the 5200 in its own roll around cart and the CV sits sideways on the shelf. I pull the CV out and place it on my table in the center of the Gameroom when I want to play it.

 

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6 minutes ago, CrossBow said:

I end up storing the 5200 in its own roll around cart

That's actually not a terrible idea. We have one of these in our basement no one has used for several years. It looks super ugly, but I'm sure I could fix it up a bit. There's also an old end table down there as well... I guess there's a lot more options than I thought!

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Yeah the cart I'm using was designed originally to hold a 2600 system and games below it. But since mine is missing the front piece to the lid, it works quite well for housing my 5200. These were taken over 4 years ago, but it still sits in this same cart in the same corner of the game room when not in use. I do have a dust cover on it now though so the lid doesn't just sit ontop of console directly anymore.

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1 minute ago, HDN said:

@CrossBow I see you have Adventure II and is that a Sinistar proto repro?

Not a repro well..I guess kinda it is. AtariAge actually did a full release of Sinistar back in 2010 I think it was with a box, manual, and cart. It was a limited release but you can still order the cart and manual from AtariAge still. And yes that Adventure II release is the original release that was also a numbered limited edition that included some extra feelies inside it that later releases didn't have. Like a gold key and some post cards of the game screens etc. 

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Yes...AA is a wonderful site and I've been a member there for a very very long time. My personal favorite homebrews for the 7800 would have to be Rikki & Vikki and Astroblaster to be honest. Rikki & Vikki is just amazing technically for the 7800 in addition to being a fun puzzle platformer game. And they are down to their last 50 copies of that game so I wouldn't wait on that one as they do NOT have plans to make another run for the 7800 for that game. Astroblaster is a semi obscure Sega arcade game I believe and PacManPlus (Bob) ported it to the 7800 a few years back. I know his pac-man games are amazing and I do own them, but I'm not a huge pac-man fan honestly so I don't desire to play those games that often. So of Bob's other releases his other arcade ports are fantastic! 

While pricey, my favorite 7800 officially released game would probably be Commando. Although I do like Xenophobe quite a bit as well. True the 7800 version isn't the best port with the Lynx actually being my favorite version of the game released but I do find myself popping that game in when I want to play some 7800 for a bit.

Some other homebrews that I play often, are Dungeon Stalker (Excellent take on Night Stalker and even better in my opinion), Donkey Kong PK / XM, and when it gets released, I know that I will be purchasing Knight Guy Castle Days as I've have a blast testing the WIP releases of that game on my 7800.

 

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4 minutes ago, HDN said:

@CrossBow Commando looks fun. Never played any version of the game. The nice thing about expensive 7800 games is that they're not terribly sought after. It's not like Commando is Little Samson or Stadium Events.

This is true and in this case Commando might be on the expensive side but it is also a really good port from the arcade. 

I forgot to mention that another 7800 favorite of mine is also not that popular. And that is the 7800 version of Crossbow.. .hehe.. go figure? Although I never owned a light gun for my system back in the day and played the game strictly with original CX24 painline controllers back then. But I got to be really good at the game and found I could clear all the areas and defeat the evil magician at the end over and over until I turned it off due to getting bored playing LOL!

 

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The controllers were okay for the time but as I've gotten older and my hands are bigger, they are somewhat cramp inducing and the sensitivity of the joystick itself seems weak compared to other options.

I now have 2 main ways I play my 7800/2600 games on my system. About a year or so ago I bought one of Curt Vendel's 7800 Arcade pro controllers. I had to do some repairs on the wiring work to get it 100% but it works quite well for most arcade game ports on the system if a bit noisy due to the micro switches in it. And I have one the excellent 7800 controllers that Retrogameboyz sells on ebay and his Etsy store. In fact I've found myself using that controller more than my arcade controller for the last month or so. And to be clear I've owned about a half dozen other NES style 7800 controllers over the years and while they work okay for the most part, they all had some issues with them being mostly that they would register diagonals to easily or some directions just didn't seem to work as well as others. The Retrogameboyz controllers do not seem to suffer these issues and I think it has to do with his PCB contact layout and design. Anyway, his controllers are great but getting one of Edladdin's Seagull 78s is a cheaper option if you already have a Genesis 3 button controller.

Retrogameboyz store on ebay = https://www.ebay.com/usr/retrogameboyz

Retrogameboyz store on Etsy = https://www.etsy.com/shop/RetroGameBoyz

Seagull 78 adapter at AA = https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1079

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