The Atari 50th Anniversary Celebration
(So What's In It, Brother Funk?)
It's Atari's 50th Anniversary!!!
But What Games are Included???
While the king of video games has really fell on weird and skiddish times in the last few decades, the name Atari still holds nostalgic value to millions of people. Plus, many Atari games from the good ole days really stand the test of time. Some could argue that seminal games like Combat, Asteroids, Adventure and Tempest have held up better than many beloved games from the Sega Saturn, Playstation and Nintendo 64 era.
The entity that is known now as Atari is cashing in on our nostalgia for their 50th birthday. They are releasing a 90 game compilation that is coming out in November of 2022 for the mysterious Atari VCS, Steam, the Switch, Xbox and the PS5. We have seen 1000 Atari compilations before, but what makes this package interesting is the what it includes: 6 brand new Atari games (5 of which are not system specific) and even... get this: Atari Jaguar games!!!! And it looks like 6 or 7 of them, in fact. For those who don't know, Atari Jaguars have skyrocketed in price in recent years, and emulation of the library ranges from dodgy at best to non-existent. This system was dismissed by the vast majority when it released in the 90s, and it's lack of availability breeds mystery and lust from retro gamers now. So, these included 6 or 7 games will be a big deal to many.
I have hen pecked the announcement video (and now went through the online press kit), trying to figure out as many of the 90 game releases that I can. Its always an odd list with these Atari things with rudimentary titles like Canyon Bomber and 3D Tic Tac Toe that literally noone will care about, but there's some sweet sweet honeys in here, for sure. You can watch the collection's hype video below. It's a pretty kick azz video, to boot. It gets me feelin' all funky. See what you can find that I couldn't. There's at least one computer game cover I'm unfamiliar with that I couldn't identify. There's also 6 new games, including the legendary Swordquest Airworld (the unfinished 4th installment of the infamous Swordquest series) that somebody completed for this thing. Weird right? But cool.
Here's What I believe will be in the game collection from what I saw in the video:
Atari Karts (YAY!)
Fight For Life
Missile Command 3D (YAY!)
Tempest 2000 (YAY!)
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy
Bounty Bob Strikes Back (Yay!)***
3D Tic Tac Toe
Demons to Diamonds
Race (Indy 500) ***
Yar's Revenge (YAY!)
New Games by Digital Eclipse:
Swordquest Airworld (Unfinished Atari 2600 game)
Yar's Revenge Reimagined
So all told, I could make out about 65 games with the help of Atariboy from Atari Age and a few other users. That leaves around 25 left to the imagination. Using logic, which is dangerous with Atari, there only looks to be about 6-7 Jaguar games to be released in this compilation. But that's OK. The prices of one of these Jaguar carts alone will easily justify this collection purchase.
Quick Funk Thoughts:
BOUNTY BOB STRIKES BACK!!!
Atari Jaguar Games
Atari Computer Games
The 6 new games that all look interesting
The interface looks amazing
The interviews looks good
Overall, great hype video
I feel like 30-50 of these games will be throw away games
Need more Arcade ports
Looks like no Activision titles (some of the best 2600 games)
Lack of bomb ass 7800 games
Boring list of 5200 games
Light Atari Lynx representation so far
Apparently there's no Recharged Series (Black Widow, Gravitar, etc)
Several cross platform duplicates (Centipede/ Asteroids/ Missile Command, eg)
How will paddle games handle?
How will spinner games handle?
How will trac ball games handle?
One Homebrew announced so far. Will there be more?
What in the world will Jaguar emulation be like???
Concerned about the 5200 number pad & joystick
If this thing retails for less than $50 it will be a steal. 6 new Atari games plus a few rarities from the Jaguar and 5200 make this thing an amazing package. I cant wait to see the rest of the list!
If I missed a game from the video, let me know HERE