Asteroids, Pong and more!
Sneaking onto the Nintendo Switch this week is Atari Flashback Classics, a collection of 150 Atari favourites all in one handy bundle. Atari Flashback Classics includes a whole range of titles from the Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 home consoles, as well as some former arcade exclusives. We're talking games like Asteroids,...
"We've got a lot of work to do"
Atari - not the Atari of your dad's generation but the new Atari which is basically a company that owns the brand - has been in the press a lot of late. The 'new' company is doing everything it can to profit from the cachet which surrounds gaming's first major player, from licencing the logo for
Back to the roots
The video game industry owes a lot to Atari, even if its closure was one of the most epic implosions in the industry’s history. Though the original Atari is dead and buried, the brand still lives on today in some form, and IP under its ownership are still an important piece of gaming history. To celebrate this legacy, Atari has...
Also, an explanation on why crowdfunding was used
Last week, we reported on a new effort from Atari to bring the Rollercoaster Tycoon franchise to the Switch via an investment campaign like Kickstarter. The minimum goal was set at $10k, an extremely reasonable goal that was passed in a matter of hours. The usage of crowdfunding certainly raised a...
But there's a catch
Atari is a name synonymous with video games, and though the company may have famously imploded and nearly taken the whole industry with it back in the early 80’s, it somehow managed to still stick around as a software manufacturer. One of the most successful brands in Atari’s portfolio is the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, a...
Crowdfunded, runs "classic" and "current" content
Atari's new Ataribox system may not have a Nintendo focus, but the company's history in the games arena warrants some mention here regardless - hence our coverage of the news that the veteran firm was re-entering the hardware arena earlier this year. Atari has now released renders of its new...
Say hello to the "Ataribox"
As one of the founding companies of the video game industry, Atari can be credited with popularising home consoles with its insanely successful VCS / 2600 platform. However, the company should also take the blame for flushing that same industry down the toilet in the early '80s, triggering the infamous "Video Game Crash"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfjeQfIyZ0o 1993 was a bumper year for gamers, and Nintendo's groundbreaking Star Fox was possibly the cream of the crop. Powered by the Super FX chip and offering intense 3D graphics, it set a new standard for visuals on home consoles and gave its host platform a new lease of life. Also released in 1993...
Will it find the light?
Alone In The Dark on Wii, released back in 2008, won't exactly go down in the annals of history as a classic. While the original game in this franchise is widely cited as a source of inspiration for subsequent survival horror experiences, the Atari-published reboot in the previous generation of systems didn't go down...
Not so long ago, we reported on the news that film director Zak Penn had successfully unearthed the now-legendary Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges which were buried in the New Mexico desert back in the '80s. Penn has produced a documentary regarding the game, its development, how it sank the games industry and its subsequent rediscovery,...
The Atari gaming glove?
Atari is a brand with an incredible history, so much so that it's the subject of plenty of debate and discussion over its role in bringing gaming to the mainstream, its contribution to the so-called 'crash' of the early '80s and its struggles since. Despite multiple hardware releases into the '90s the company failed to regain...
The TV host and noted game journalist brings us startling video evidence
When a group of Xbox documentarians (presumably fuelled by Mountain Dew and Doritos) unearthed Atari's infamous landfill in the New Mexico desert last month, the excavation made international headlines. Late-night talk show host and accomplished video game historian Conan...
We can finally phone home
Back in the '80s Atari sent the home gaming industry into freefall by flooding the market with low-quality product, such as the infamously bad E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game. Legend has it that so many copies went unsold that the company drove millions of cartridges into the New Mexico desert and dumped them in...
We particularly like the Lego Atari 2600
The Holiday season is a festive, happy time, when many off us happily pile on the pounds and, presumably, play a lot of games. It's a time of backlog busting and, perhaps, silly family games — that Wii or, dare we say Wii U can provide the latter activity in particular. Some of us may also have a Christmas...
Could this urban legend be true? We'll soon find out
Before Nintendo came along and revolutionised the video game industry with the NES, American company Atari was the undisputed king of the home gaming arena — right up to the point where low-quality software and catastrophic mismanagement resulted in a massive video game crash. One of the most...
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell doesn't think Nintendo's console will be a success
When you're considering the history of the video game industry, the name Nolan Bushnell is almost certain to crop up. Bushnell founded Atari back in 1972 and enjoyed incredible success with arcade hits like Pong and the Atari VCS home console. Although he's not been...
The original gaming behemoth
Current-day gamers are familiar with just three game console manufacturers at the top of the tree: Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. Some who are older may remember when SEGA was in its pomp and challenging Nintendo in the 1990s, but for those that care to go even further back, Atari comes into the picture. Atari is 40...
Last year, Atari published The Kore Gang in North America, over a year after Pixonauts published it in Europe. So far, so simple, but Pixonauts has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish the game again. According to Pixonauts, a "dubious business partner" has "ruin years of development...
Out this season
The appropriately up-again-down-again fortunes of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D are heading up again: developer n-Space has announced the game should be out this Spring. In fact, as Spring starts today, that gives us a fairly large three month window of expectation. Last month we revealed Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D had hit the skids, but it...
Atari's revealed that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D is on hold. A representative from the publisher confirmed to Nintendo World Report that it has no immediate plans to release the game, despite earlier claims we'd see the game in March this year. Atari's not revealed why it's deciding not to release the game but hopefully we'll see it...
You'll see what we mean
You can't beat a good top-down shooter, especially when the enemies are giant bugs and you have flamethrowers and laser guns: that's scientific fact. By similar scientific logic, the upcoming Centipede Infestation on 3DS and Wii should be approaching unbeatability, as the new trailer below shows. The game itself might look a...
Or decide where they go at least
In RollerCoaster Tycoon you're supposed to build the ultimate theme park to spread joy to the world, bring smiles to the faces of terminally ill children and generally make everybody feel good about themselves, but it's actually much more fun to create rides like this. 3DS owners will get a taste of that pleasure...
Time to tuck those trouser legs into your socks
Before arcade shooter Centipede: Infestation gets released on the Wii and 3DS later this year, Atari would like to open our eyes to the types of bugs we'll be disposing of via a trailer aptly named, "Bugs Trailer". Players will take on the role of Max as they travel the wasteland that the...
The trailer has already burrowed deep inside
Atari has just announced its partnership with developer WayForward Technologies in bringing gamers the return of an old arcade classic from the '80s, beginning with Centipede: Infestation. The gameplay in Centipede: Infestation has been updated from the original but one thing remains: players will have to...
Reborn company finally delivers classic 2600 titles to handhelds
We've long wondered if any of the companies that have held the rights to the Atari back catalogue over the past 20 years would ever see fit to put out a compilation of Atari-branded games from that most golden of console oldies, the Atari 2600. Well now the wondering can finally cease...
Weaver out, Milano in
Turn-of-the-90's teen heartthrob Alyssa Milano has been tapped to replace Sigourney Weaver as the female lead in Atari's upcoming multi-platform Ghostbusters video game. The 36-year-old actress, best known for her roles in television series "Charmed" and "Who's The Boss?", takes the place of original Ghostbusters cast member Sigourney Weaver, who initially..
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