ATARI has announced a 50th Anniversary Limited Edition set of 10 classic games. Yes, these are fully functional, newly produced ATARI 2600 cartridges. Yes, the group of ten will cost you $999.99. But don’t worry; even if you don’t have an original ATARI system, you’ll get a digital copy to play … on the ATARI VCS.
Sorry, but I find that very amusing. While the VCS isn’t dead, the console from 2021 is hardly discussed. Considering the games in this collection are readily available on nearly every modern video game console and PC, saying you get a digital copy specifically for the VCS is funny.
That being said, I do like the design of these new carts. They’re about the same size as those found in the ’70s and ’80s, but ATARI has added an LED-lit nameplate atop each one. All the titles in this collection also come with game-specific enamel pins and embroidered patches. The best one by far is the Crystal Castles cart featuring Bentley Bear on the patch and pin.
Sadly, the original artwork is found only on the box covers, not the cartridges.
The 50th Anniversary collection contains the following titles:
- Missle Command
- Haunted House
- Super Breakout
- Crystal Castles
- Yars’ Revenge
Pre-orders are open now, and the collection is limited to only 100 units. The shipping window is listed as 3-4 months.
Each Limited Edition cartridge comes sealed with a high quality box, 2600 game cartridge with custom paint and LED top, premium cardstock poster, extended instructional manual with bonus material, hard enamel collectible pin, polyester blend, twill-woven embroidered collectible patch, certificate of authenticity, and digital copy of the game playable on the Atari VCS.
If you want something more like the classic wood-paneled days, check out LEGO’s version of the original 2600 console.[Source: ATARI]
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