Atari 2800

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Atari 2800
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Hardware
[[Atari]][[Category:Atari]]
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Input(s)
2 Atari 2600 Joysticks
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The Atari 2800 is the Japanese version of the Atari 2600, released in 1983. It was the first release of a 2600 designed specifically for the Japanese market, despite companies like Epoch distributing the 2600 in Japan previously.It had a streamlined shape similar to that of the Atari 7800.

The 2800 never captured a large market in Japan. It was released a short time after the Nintendo Famicom,

which became the dominant console in the Japanese video game market of the time.

Design[edit | edit source]

Codenamed "Cindy", and designed by Atari engineer Joe Tilly, the Atari 2800 had four controller ports instead of the standard two on the Atari 2600's. The controllers are an all-in one design using a combination of an 8-direction digital joystick and a 270-degree paddle, designed by John Amber.

The 2800's case design departed from the standard 2600 format, using a wedge shape with non-protruding switches.

Around 30 specially branded games were released for the 2800. Their boxes are in Japanese and have a silver/red color scheme similar to the packaging of Atari's 2600 branded games of the time. The cartridges themselves had identical labels as their 2600 branded counterparts.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

  • Sears liked the design of the Atari 2800 so much, they opted to sell a version under their Tele-Games label. It was released in the US in 1983 as the Sears Video Arcade II, and was packaged with 2 controllers and Space Invaders.[3]
  • The Atari 2800's case style was used as the basis for the Atari 7800's case style by Barney Huang.

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