HDN Posted October 12, 2020 Report Share Posted October 12, 2020 The Atari 7800 is a marvelous system indeed. It is filled with great versions of existing games (mainly arcade titles), like Food Fight, Xevious, and One-on-One. It is a worthy successor to the phenomenal 2600 indeed. Only problem, it was released way too late. Had this system fully launched in 1984 as it was supposed to, we might be singing a different tune, but as it is Nintendo ended up being the undisputed king of the 3rd console generation with its Entertainment System. The poor ProSystem was shoved to the side not only by Nintendo but also Sega and its Master System. The 7800 was too little too late, that's for sure. It's great arcade ports, which would have blown minds in 1984, looked long in the tooth and obsolete by the time the system saw a wide release in 1986. By that time, Nintendo had ushered in a new era of video games with Super Mario Brothers in 1985 and Metroid and Zelda in 1986 (in Japan on the Famicom Disk System, that is). What's more, soundtracks in video games were becoming normalized and were something the 7800's TIA chip could not easily reproduce. Sadly, the Atari 7800 and its amazing library were left in the dust, forgotten by future generations of gamers. The Atari 7800 became a mere footnote in video game history when it could have easily revitalized the industry like Nintendo did. But that isn't fair. The Atari 7800 is a fabulous system indeed, maybe even eclipsing the NES in greatness with its backwards compatibility with 2600 games (maybe). It definitely deserves more recognition than it gets. It's a little funny, honestly. I grew up with an NES and played even more of it emulated on my Wii. Now that I own the 7800 as well, I don't know which one to side with! They're both great systems worth owning, but whenever I talk about the 7800 I have to bring up the NES, and I can't not sound like I'm hating on it. Anyways, as many of you know, I wasn't around when the 7800 was on store shelves. I can only experience this system in retrospect. However, I do know that the 7800 wasn't nearly as popular as the NES. Not many people had this system. I do know that a few of you (@nosweargamer and @Atari 5200 Guy in particular) did have this system back in the day, and I was wondering if any more people did too. I'd love to hear your stories about the system. Were you happy with the system or were you jealous of NES owners? What were some of your favorite games and best memories with the system? If you want to, you can share your 7800 experiences here. Thanks! socrates63 and StormSurge 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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