TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Back in the 80s, it was every child's dream around the holidays to find an Atari system under the tree. Video games, and the people who played them have changed a lot in 25 years. But Atari is betting the excitement their games created, still lives in the hearts of a bunch of 30 and 40 somethings.
This year, just in time for Christmas, they bring us the Atari Flashback 2 System. And this week, we see if the grandfather of video games, can make everything old, new again and pass the "Does It Work?" test.
In the late 70s early 80s, the equipment inside the Flashback 2 box would have cost you more than $1,200. The old system retailed for $200. And you'd pay about a thousand bucks for the 40 games now built in.
They're all there, Adventure, Combat, Missile Command, and of course the game that started it all, Pong.
The console's smaller than it used to be. Without cartridges, it doesn't need the big slot for games anymore. But the joysticks fit in your hand, just like they used to. One thing that's improved in 25 years is the wiring. This couldn't be easier.
Eric, an 80s video game enthusiast has agreed to help us test-drive it. We started with a favorite, Asteroids. Eric picked up, right where he left off. Later it was Pitfall. Graphics have come a long way, but back in the day, they didn't get any better than this. "Oh definitely. I thought I was in Heaven when I had this game," said Eric. The oil pits, those three crocodiles you have to jump on, the scorpion, they're all here.
All the games were true to their old versions. About the only problem was we couldn't figure out how to change games without turning the system off and on again. Come to think of it though, that's exactly what you had to do in the old days when you switched out cartridges.
"Does It Work?" "I give it a yes," says Eric. "You plug it in and go. The games, the graphics, the sounds are exactly like what they were. Some of them were a little hard to control but they were back then as well. Just the nostalgia of it really hit a home run. You sit there and all of a sudden these late nights with your friends just come right back to you."
The Atari Flashback 2, gets a "yes."
We paid $29.99 for the system at Target.
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