[RetroPicks] Eternal, immortal, everlasting. In other words Atari 2600


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Hello guys,

I still cannot contain my joy for my last purchase. Some days have already passed but I still cannot figure out I’m a proud owner of a wonderful Atari 2600.

First of all I have to thank my trusted shop in Verona. Last weekend finally I had the opportunity to go here and look with my eyes what was on sale. It’s a small but interesting shop and beside of the “obvious” PS2 and PS3 games there were some N64 and SNES games in almost mint condition. He had also a great boxed SNES that looked like brand new, an Amstrad and then Game Boy, N64, Dreamcast and a lot of other stuff (even a Ping-O-Tronic!!!).

I went there just to have a look but as soon as I stepped in my attention was captured by a shiny Atari 2600. As I gave a further look I notice that not only the console was almost new, and when I say new I don’t mean “in good shape to be 35 years old”, I mean “like it came out of the box the day before”, but also that along with the Atari the offer included more than 20 originall games with manuals. I don’t need to ay that everything was pristine. I  couldn’t contain my interest any further so I asked for the price that was 150€: not so cheap per se but very cheap if compared to the state of the items.

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I managed to lower a bit the price (even because I didn’t have 150€ in my wallet) so in the end that was a great great deal.

The console is an Atari VCS, the first toi be named 2600, even if is commonly known as Darth Vader, for its dark color, released for the first time in 1982. It was complete with the original power lead and the antenna cable to connect it to the TV (everything in perfect conditions). Together with the console there were two original joysticks and two paddles.

When I turned upside down the console I even found the original warranty on it!

And now the games: most of them are the most iconic and famous games for this console. Almost all of them had their own manual, but some were loose. The list includes 22 different games, all of them working and in ideal condition:

  • Backgammon + manual
  • Battlezone + manual
  • Casino + manual
  • Centipede + manual
  • Congo Bongo + manual
  • Crystal Caves
  • Defender + manual
  • Dig Dug + manual
  • E.T. the Extra Terrestrial + manual
  • Galaxian + manual
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Mario Bros. + manual
  • Math Grand Prix + manual
  • Ms. Pacman + manual
  • Pole Position + manual
  • Popeye + manual
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reactor + manual
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Super Breakout + manual
  • Tutankham + manual
  • Warlords + manual

I have some piece of history here: the universally hated E.T., one of the reasons of 1983 video game crash, Mrs. Pac-Man, one of the first games with a female protagonist (why they didn’t name it Pac-Woman?), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the first Atari conversion of the SW saga, Battlezone, one of the earliest pseudo-3D games, Raiders of the Lost Ark, a conversion of the famous Indiana Jones movie, Defender and Galaxian, two iconic games of their genre and so on.

I discover some of these games are less common than others, especially with manual, but the average price is about 10€. This means that the games only are more than worth the price of the whole lot! 🙂

Unfortunately some manuals were missing (there was also the Star Wars manual but it was missing the first page 😦 ).

There was only one more thing to check: works or not?

I hooked up the console to my old TV (I didn’t check with the new one because §i knew it would have been difficult) and I started browsing all the frequencies that were once the frequencies of the italian channels. It took me like ten minutes but finally I got this

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So now my new adventure with Atari 2600 can start. I have a lot of games to try and to play so talk to you soon!

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats! I think you got a great deal there. Some cool titles and the console works too 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      It works perfectly. The night I tried it I even forgot to dine. I was too busy 🙂

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      1. Haha, perfect. It’s fine to skip food when retro goodness gets in the way 🙂

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      2. benez256 says:

        It’s a good way to keep in a good shape! 🙂

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      3. Talking of Atari I posted up some nice Atari ads this weekend on my blog along with some other retro games if you get chance to see 🙂

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      4. benez256 says:

        Uh, great! I will have a look right now! Or maybe in a short while. Now I’m dining…😀

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  2. Mr. Panda says:

    What an amazing find! Thanks for sharing your pictures! It’s awesome that the games and manuals came with your purchase. I’m so excited for you and your new, and also old, system!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Me too! I would have posted more pictures (I think I took 50 or so) but the post would have been impossible to read…

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      1. Mr. Panda says:

        Don’t worry! I appreciate what you did share!

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  3. What a find! It does look like it just came off the assembly line :O Enjoy your “new” treasure!

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    1. benez256 says:

      If it weren’t for the original warranty taped in the back of the console I should say the same! Unfortunately this weekend I have to work 😦 but the next one I’ll be home and I will surely start a 48 hours Atari 2600 marathon!

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      1. That sounds like heaven! In a box. An Atari box 😀

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  4. Nice score! Enjoy all that retro gaming fun 🙂

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  5. Boy that takes me back. I never had an Atari of my own, but it was the first home system I ever played. My cousin had one and almost all these same games, even ET, and we hung out in the basement trying to play them all.

    If you ever get a chance also check out Yar’s Revenge, Phoenix, Food Fight, and Joust!

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’m looking for all of them! And even Pitfall…I hope to find a giod lot with a lot of stuff. To buy all the games one by one it’s a bit more expensive even if it’s better quality-wise…

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  6. hungrygoriya says:

    This is awesome! Congratulations on finding such a beautiful Atari in such good shape. I love the look of the Darth Vader ones compared to the woodies! I will definitely keep my eyes out for some games here for you! We’ll see what I can dig up for you 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thanks a lot! I trust in your well-known talent in finding good deals! 🙂

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  7. That is awesome! Congrats on your excellent find! 🙂 Oh, I have E.T. as well… I don’t know if I would really describe it as “fun” but I don’t think it’s the worst game ever!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Me too! I played games worse than this. You even have to consider how it was made. It’s a miracle that they managed to do everything is such a short time! What an horrible decision for Atari…

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      1. I know, I saw a documentary that talked about how rushed everything was for this game and how the developer wasn’t happy with it, but he was forced to get it out to the public anyway. I agree with you, the fact that a whole game was produced in just a few weeks time is a miracle!

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      2. benez256 says:

        Perhaps was Atari: Game Over? I watched it on Netflix last week…

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      3. Yeah, that was it! I couldn’t remember what it was called. It was really interesting!

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      4. benez256 says:

        Yes it is! Even a bit sad I have to say but I enjoyed it!

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  8. Mill says:

    150€ for that package is a steal.
    Congrats!

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