|If you thought its predecessor were fabulous, then the Atari 5200 is going to lead you to gaming nirvana. This Super System lets you immerse into a different virtual world altogether. This Video game console has a huge array of games to get you hooked on to it for hours. The 360 degree speed sensitive joystick of this Atari 5200 is creatively designed surpassing excellence. Enthusiasts will be surprised with the surround sound support of this Video game console which is a major plus. Game on with this Super System.|
|Product Name||Atari 5200|
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When i was a kid, my neighbor had one of these, and I spent a lot of time playing it. Even with a nintendo at home, we always went over to play the atari. The 5200 was the black sheep of the system family, but i've got to say, between this and my 7800, i'm playing this first. If you'r a fan of classic games, you need to get an atari 5200.
I like the Atari 5200 because its part of viedo game history and having this is not only going to be fun when I do play it but it shows where viedo gameing has come from and that is why I like this so much.
I read others' reviews and decided to write one of my own. First of all, to really appreciate what the 5200 attempted to do one has to take a trip back in time. 1982: Arcade hits including Pac-Man, Moon Patrol, Qix, to name a few, were becoming popular. Unfortunately, the precursor to the 5200 (a.k.a. 2600) managed to get ports of Pac-Man and Moon Patrol along with others from the era. Sadly, the 2600 had a hard time accurately cloning these games.
The 5200 was Atari's next-gen console to offer better graphics and sounds. In a lot of ways, the system was highly superior when compared to the competition; including Atari's own 2600. Which is no surprise knowing the insides are a stripped-down Atari 400 computer. Finally, arcade clones actually looked, played, and felt like their arcade ancestors.
The 5200, while larger than any other console to date, is actually one of the more cosmetic beauties to behold. It's piano-black finish and chrome strip nameplate are like no other (excluding the 2600 Jr and 7800 that appeared later).
As mentioned, there are three revisions of this console: The original 4-port, a revised 4-port, and a 2-port. The difference between the 4-ports relates to the VCS Adapter. The original 4-port, unless it has been modified, can not use the VCS adapter where as the revised/modified model can. To tell which is which, the serial number on the revised model with have a star (*) in the number. Both 4-ports use a special Automatic RF Switch that is responsible for the power to the console and the console signal to the TV. Genius if you ask me.
Granted, the controllers were not well made. Most will complain about the lack of self-centering, but the analog joystick is extremely sensitive to movement and does take time to learn. The 12-button keypad and dual-fire buttons on both sides of the controller allow for some function-rich games. Yes, the controllers can wear out from use but are more prone to premature wear if left stored away and unused.
Games? Over 60 games were published during the console's 1.5 year life span. Most were arcade clones that were popular in their day. Others were exclusive to the 5200; and this console is the only one to have an impressive arcade port of Taito's Space Dungeon. Accessories like the Trak-Ball controller really bring the feeling of the arcades home with titles Missile Command and Centipede; to name a few.
My 5200? Is an initial release 4-port as a Christmas gift in 1982. I still have it, it still works, shows signs of use and love, but can still throw a challenge when I feel the need for some old school. The 5200 will not disappoint in game play; but be prepared to track down parts or additional controllers as they may be required. I personally would not invest in the VCS adapter...one can obtain an actual 2600 for a decent price to play 2600 games on. Want some real fun? Get enough controller for 3 of your family or friends to join in! Super Breakout is fun when 4 people are involved!
it is bigger thean an xbox. the bigger the better. it takes up quite a bit of room on my shelf, the entire shelf to be exact. fun system but go to best electronics for controllers. they fixed mine very well.
The Atari 5200 is a fun system to own and play. It has decent graphics, fantastic sound, and fun games (of course, for its time). The library of games is somewhat limited due to its short lifespan. However, there is an active homebrew community that is creating new software for it all the time. The build quality of the actual unit and game cartridge is quite decent, though takes up plenty of space.
However, there are a few drawbacks to the hardware and can become a pain to use. The controllers are prone to breakage and do not self-center. There are plenty of remedies for both issues and can vary from a quick fix to fully rebuilding the controllers with an array of readily available new (old stock) parts. One can also purchase 3rd party controllers and adaptors.
There are two models available for one to purchase. The four port Atari 5200 has a distinct way of hooking up the system. This includes the use of a unique TV switchbox that carries both the power and television signal. Without it, one will have to hunt down the switchbox or modify the system. The two port Atari 5200 hooks up to a television like any other vintage videogame system. However, several games are not compatible with it (Pitfall for an example).
Owning and collecting for a 5200 can be quite fun if one has some patents and can deal with an issue here or there.