Topic: Did you play games for an Atari system before you owned a Nintendo system?

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I am in my early 30's. I grew up with an Atari 2600 Jr. and Atari 7800. I went with my dad to Toy's" Ur' Us back in January 1988 to buy a game console. I picked an Atari 2600 JR. Atari 2600 games got me hooked on playing game console games. I played an Intellivision II in 1983 or 1984, but the controllers bothered my hand. I didn't play video games for 4 or 5 years as result.

I didn't get a Nes before Christmas of 1991. My parents thought the Nes was too expensive to buy before that year and it's games for that matter.

The Atari 2600 Jr. was the best thing that happened to me as a video game player. One of my greatest birthday memories was getting Jr. Pac-man for my birthday in 1988. Sadly, My parents got a rid of the Atari 2600 Jr.just months after my younger brother and I got an Atari 7800 for Christmas 1989 with the system going to my younger brother's friend at the time..

I never thought ET was the worst game ever and not for the Atari 2600 either despite growing up playing the game. I thought Earthworld Sword Quest was the worst game I played on the Atari 2600 and Karateka for the Atari 7800 was the worst game I ever played before knowing about Karate back in 1997 on the internet. The flea markets around me didn't have Karate growing up. I owned over 100 Atari 2600 games before I got a Nes for Christmas in 1991.

I grew up enjoying playing River Raid, Enduro, Astroblast, Asteroids,Demon Attack, Road Runner, Midnight Magic, Space Invaders, Pitfall!, Kaboom, Centipede, Millipede, Stampede, Phoenix, Warlords, Breakout, Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, 67. Missile Command, Asteroids, Adventure, Alien, California Games, Battlezone, Berserk, Missile Command, Popeye, Q*Bert, Yars' Revenge, Defender II, and Real Sports Football.

I got an Atari 7800 for Christmas back in 1989. I got over 20 Atari Atari 7800 games before I got a Nes in 1991. I growing up enjoying Centipede, Food Fight, Ballblazer Asteroids, Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-man, One on One Basketball, Tower Toppler, Xenophobe, Xevious, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Mario Bros., Galaga, Desert Falcon, Rampage and Double Dragon as a kid. I am no longer big on the Atari 7800 of Double Dragon after playing different versions of the game though.

The worst Atari 7800 game I played growing up was Karateka for the Atari 7800, with F-18 Hornet, Super Huey, Hat Trick, Touchdown Football not far behind being the worst games I played for the Atari 7800.

Edited on by 7th_lutz



I still own and play Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 games today. I also buy more Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 games time to time.

Here is my current collection of Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 games in alphabetical order:

Atari 2600

1. 3-D tic-tac-toe
2. Adventure
3. Alien
4. Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Super Kicks
5. Asteroids
6. Astroblast
7. Backgammon
8. Barnstorming
9. Basketball
10. Battlezone
11. Berserk
12. Bowling
13. Boxing
14. Brain Games
15. Breakout
16. Bump 'N' Jump
17. California Games
18. Canyon Bomber
19. Carnival
20. Casino
21. Centipede
22. Chopper Command
23. Circus Atari
24. Combat
25. Commando
26. Congo Bongo
27. Cruise Missile
28. Crystal Castles
29. Deadly Duck
30. Defender
31. Defender II
32. Demon Attack
33. Demons to Diamonds
34. Dodge'em
35. Dolphin
36. Donkey Kong
37. Donkey Kong - 2 copies
38. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
39. Enduro
40. Fast Food
41. Football
42. Freeway
43. Frogger
44. Galaxian
45. Gangster Alley
46. Gingerbread Man: One Tough Cookie'
47. Gorf
48. Gravitar
49. Hangman
50. Haunted House
51. Home Run - 2 Copies
52. Ice Hockey
53. Indy 500
54. Joust
55. Jr. Pac-man
56. Jungle Hunt
57. Kaboom!
58. Kangaroo
59. Keystone Kapers - 2 Copies
60. KoolAid Man
61. Laser Blast
62. Lock 'N' Chase
63. M*A*S*H
64. Megamania
65. Midnight Magic
66. Millipede
67. Missile Command
68. Mouse Trap
69. Night Driver
70. Oink
71. Othello
72. Outlaw
73. Pac-man - 2 copies
74. Pele's Soccer
75. Pengo
76. Phoenix
77. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
78. Pitfall!
79. Planet Patrol
80. Pole Position
81. Popeye
82. Pressure Cooker
83. Private Eye
84. Q*Bert
85. Radar Lock
86. Raiders of the Lost Ark
87. RealSports Football
88. Realsports Soccer
89. Riddle Of the Sphinx
90. River Raid
91. Road Runner
92. Sky Diver
93. Sky Jinks
94. Slot Racers
95. Solar Fox
96. Solaris
97. Sorcerer's Apprentice
98. Space Attack
99. Space Cavern
100. Space Invaders - 2 copies
101. Space Jockey
102. Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space
103. Space War
104. Spider Fighter
105. Spy Hunter
106. Stampede
107. Star Raider - 2 copies
108. Star Voyager
109. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
110. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
111. Star Wars: The Arcade Game
112. Starmaster
113. Street Racer
114. Super Breakout
115. Super Cobra
116. Super Football
117. Superman
118. Swordquest: Earthworld
119. Tapper
120. Taz
121. Tennis
122. Towering Inferno
123. Toyshop Trouble
124. Trick Shot
125. Turmol
126. Vanguard
127. Venture
128. Video Olympics
129. Warlords
130. Warplock
131. Wizard of War
132. Yars' Revenge

Atari 7800

1. Asteroids
2. Asteroids Deluxe
3. b*nq
4. Ballblazer
5. Beef Drop #85
6. Centipede
7. Choplifer!
8. Commando
9. Dark Chambers
10. Desert Falcon
11. Dig Dug
12. Donkey Kong
13. Double Dragon
14. F-18 Hornet
15. Food Fight
16. Galaga
17. Hat Trick
18. Joust
19. Karateka
20. Mario Bros.
21. Midnight Mutants
22. Ms. Pac-man
23. Ninja Golf
24. One-On-One Basketball
25. Pac-man Collection
26. Pete Rose Baseball
27. Pole Position II - 2 Copies
28. Rampage
29. Realsports Baseball
30. Robotron: 2084
31. Santa Simon
32. Super Huey
33. Super SkateBoardin'
34. Touchdown Football
35. Tower Toppler
36. Winter Games
37. Xenophobe
38. Xevious

Edited on by 7th_lutz



Yeah, I had an Atari 2600 which had Pac-Man as a pack-in (the beginning of the end). I got a lot of mileage out of that machine. I was all set to buy a NES when it was released and had cash in hand, but there were none to be found so I ended up blowing the money on pen-and-paper RPGs instead and never had a Nintendo console until I got myself a Gameboy in University years later.

After the 2600 I moved on to the Atari 800XL which I played games on until it was replaced by an IBM 8086 and the game played declined a bit for me, moving to the Gameboy. I had a NES briefly, which a friend gave to me and played Dr. Mario and Tetris on it, but I sold it pretty quickly. Next was the Atari Jaguar; I was sad to see that run into the ground, but I just couldn't pass up all the retro goodness that the Playstation represented, so I had to jump ship. The Wii is the first Nintendo console I've owned so all the franchises are pretty new to me. It's fun stuff to be sure. I'd love to have the old 2600 games on the VC or in a compilation -- if only the current rights-holders gave a toss.

Do check out Arcade Zone (my latest review) which has a handful of old Activision games on it and is a lot of fun.

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I had the Atari 2600 Jr when I was young, I had all the classics such as Missile Command, Centipede, Asteroids, Space Invaders and more that I do not remember now. After the Atari I moved onto a Amiga 600 which I still own (although I need to replace the floppy disk drive), after that I had a Gameboy,SNES, PS1, PS2 then a Wii and I bought a Mega Drive from Ebay a year or 2 ago.


I'm of the same generation 7th Lutz!

And I also had Atari before Nintendo too. The way I see it, every gamer owes it to themselves to have an Atari 7800 with a wealth of great 2600/7800 games to go with it. You have some awesome titles 7th Lutz, however, where's Space Duel and Maze Craze?

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Shame about Karateka on the 7800, I really enjoyed it on the Atari 800XL.

This on the other hand looks fantastic.

Edited on by Sean_Aaron

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Yes I did and I credit and the Atari 2600 and the thriving arcade scene for getting me into video games. I did not own an Atari 2600 ,but I would go over to a friends house and we would play ESB, Kaboom, River Raid, Pitfall, ET, Pac-Man, Baseball, and some other games I can't remember. It was fun and Atari 2600 played an important role in video game history. Some of my favorite titles are Pitfall, Haunted House, SeaQuest, Frostbite, Enduro, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Star Wars: ESB, and Megamania.

Edited on by blackknight77

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Two stories on that issue:

I had Mario Bros. (!) for the 2600 - and plenty more games that i found on a field that someone must have thrown away during springtime 1993. Shortly before that i got my Atari 2600 bundled with a 32in1 game cartridge. Yes, shortly before spring 1993!

Believe it or not - i got the machine pretty late in its life cycle in 1992 for christmas. It was from "Quelle Versand" - a german catalogue retailer that recently gave up business, because they are not modern enough. Well, they haven't been too modern back then either, as they didn't offer the Super Nintendo that i was originally longing for in 1992!!!

And as i had spent my birthday money from September 1992 on F-Zero already i was really disappointed that X-Mas. End of story - i saved up as much money until eastern 1993 as i could and my parents gave me what i was not able to save up to purchase a super nintendo without super mario world. As a surprise my mom had also bought zelda alttp for eastern. Therefore it was a happy end.

My Atari and the games haven't been touched very often, but i still have them

Edited on by strenny

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I had an Atari 2600 with pac man, atari video cube, space attack and raiders of the lost ark. I met Mario Bros. on that console too.


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I'm of the same generation 7th Lutz!

And I also had Atari before Nintendo too. The way I see it, every gamer owes it to themselves to have an Atari 7800 with a wealth of great 2600/7800 games to go with it. You have some awesome titles 7th Lutz, however, where's Space Duel and Maze Craze?

What happen Space Duel is the Atariage store uses Paypal only and I am not into paypal. When I ordered at the Atariage store in the past, there was more pay options than there is now. Good deal games also has Space Duel, but the order form they got is not security certified, and the other way to order is by e-mail. I am not big on ordering by email.

Maze craze actually is a game that I was looking at ordering next year along with Moon Patrol and some other 2600 games.



I was an Atari 2600 kid, i think we must have gotten it in late 1979 or 1980 when i was 4 or 5 years old. Loved my Atari, still frequently play it. In fact, between the actual system, the Flashback 2.0, Stella on my PC and the emulator on my Wii through HBC (not to mention the GBA Activision Anthology), i frequently indulge in the Atari 2600 goodness. Plenty of favorite games (way too many to list), but topping the chart is the almighty Frostbite (one of these days i'll finally get around to submitting my scores to Twin Galaxies; i can regularly trash the GBA Activision Anthology score for the game, and can always secure somewhere around 3rd on the 2600 version scoreboard).

Oh, and Maze Craze rules. My friend Tom and I played that one to death. A lot of fun, especially with all the varying options.

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I used to love Maze Craze, but sadly it was 2-player only and I could rarely find someone to play with

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You can still play some stages of Maze Craze solo! Some stages you are the robber fleeing from the cops and in other stages the tables are turned!!

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I remember playing ET and I didn't like it, but I didn't think that it was the worst game ever. I remember this hide and seek game, it could be kind of fun lol

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in 1982 my parents bought my brother & me an Atari 2600 & about 20 games for xmas. That system quickly became mine alone as my brother was more interested in girls (being 18 at the time & me being 5) then games. Over the next few years my Atari collection of games reached about 80 games. That system lasted until about 1987 or 88 when it just stopped working. That xmas I got an NES.

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No, im a Nintendo guy. I would like to try an Atari someday, though.

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We had a 2600 with Centipede, Millipede, Crystal Castles and Off the Wall. I have fond memories of all those games. We used to borrow my cousins games too. He had Ms Pac-man, Galaxian and a load of other stuff.
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