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Atari Flashback 2+ Plug-in-Play

by Atari
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • All-in-1 TV compatible gaming system
  • Wood grained updated console case, approx 2/3rd the size of the original 1977 release of the Atari 2600
  • Play all your classic favorites, from Pong and Centipede to Breakout and Missile Command

Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00093DHIK
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 4.2 inches
  • Media: Electronics
  • Release Date: July 2, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,473 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The Atari Flashback 2+ delivers the classic gaming sights, sounds and action that introduced so many people to the world of video games. It features the same wood grain paneling and look of the Atari 2600, and will capture the feel through two classic joysticks for multi-player competition and vintage controls. The system comes pre-loaded with over 30 classic games. No new purchases are required, just connect it to your TV and play! The system that brought you hits like Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Combat and Pong now has them all collected on one handy system. Expereince the start of the gaming revolution!

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362 of 368 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite woodgrained system is back! May 24, 2005
Imagine yourself at a flea market or garage sale. There's a big shoebox with 40 different Atari cartridges in it for 75 cents each. Interested in that dusty old junk? Maybe, maybe not ... but what if it were all neatly self-contained in one tidy, legally licensed package? Cool!

What an improvement this machine is over the original "Flashback" console! The Atari Flashback 2.0 uses updated Atari 2600 VCS hardware, joysticks with the original "classic" feel, and 40 games built in. The joysticks aren't as nicely rubberized as the originals, but they feel similar, and if you had one of these systems in the 1980's, they'll immediately feel familiar to you.

The hardware is well built and is quite faithful to the original controls. A nice touch: the included joysticks are compatible with vintage computers and consoles from the era, too. Hardwired AV cables provide cleaner video than the original system did, and allows you to attach this toy to any modern TV set, and an AC adapter lets you play without running out of battery power like similar toys. Modern users might be annoyed with the crude graphics and sound, plus the fact that you need to get up and turn the thing off and then on again to change games. There's no pause button should you need a bathroom break. That's the way things were in the 1980's, and that's the price we pay for fidelity to the source material.

The console's built in 40 games are separated into "Adventure," "Arcade," "Space," and "Action/Skill" categories. There's enough variety here for everyone. Many of these games are "homebrews" and unreleased prototypes, meaning that unless you are a die-hard collector of Atari trivia, you haven't played these games elsewhere. Not even on an emulator running ill-gotten ROMs.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many of Your Favorite Atari Classics in One Unit November 15, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This great game system contains 40 of the original Atari 26000 games. Included are such classics as Combat, Asteroids, Adventure, and Pitfall. Two classic joystick controllers are also included. The set-up is quick and easy. Just plug the unit directly into the i/o jacks of your TV and plug in the ac adapter to an outlet.

The game graphics are exactly the same as they were on the original Atari games. I loved playing Atari games as a teenager, and this game contains not 1 but 40 great games. The price is what makes this game such a great value. For about $30, you get 40 games. When the Atari 2600 was first introduced, a single game cost upwards of $30.

I highly recommend this great game unit. With the fast and easy set-up, you'll be playing your game in a matter of minutes. The games are exactly as they were years ago, and they are just as much fun now as they were then. My children especially like this game, but I enjoy it as much as they do. Pick up this great game value and enjoy a "blast from the past" from Atari.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Atari Goodness! November 17, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Like other reviews have said this Atari plug-n-play product is the real deal! It comes with 20 Classics, the other 20 games are prototypes and 'homebrew' games made from hobbiest programmers. The game Atari Climber is an example of a 'homebrew' game written in 2005 that is included in the flashback. Each game looks, sounds, and plays exactly the same as they did in the 1980s!

Others have complained about the manual not being well detailed. If you memory is fuzzy on these old games you can to this page on Atari's site.


You can view it online or download a PDF file for printing. The PDF version is 110 pages and goes over each game in great detail.

For $30 this Atari product is a steal.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flashback 2 Rocks! November 17, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This retro system is great. I just bought one and played it last night. The collection of games is good, though missing are some beloved classics like Ms. PacMan, Defender-Stargate, Space Invaders and Galaxian. I think this was because of licensing reasons. Oddly enough though, Activision's Pitfall and River Raid were included because of a deal Atari worked out. That was a nice touch. In any case, the system works great right out of the box and will attach to any modern television with ease. (If you ever tried using an old 2600 with a newer t.v., you know what I mean. Those front-connector A/V jacks on t.v.'s are nice, but not compatible with the old "2600 VCS".) Not so with the Flashback 2 - just plug it right in!

From what I have heard, there are also two "hidden games" that can be unlocked through a series of joystick movements. Apparently these two games require paddle controllers though, so I am not sure most people will care anyway. (I doubt many people out there have old 2600 paddle controllers on hand anymore.)

I only have two complaints about this system. One is the sparse instruction manual included. When you have 40 games included, you would think the manual would be more than a few pages. How in the world are we supposed to know which game options in Asteroids, for instance, gives us "shields" instead of "hyperspace" when we pull back on the joystick? Again, a little more detail would have been helpful here. Either you have a REALLY good memory or just go through trial and error until you figure it out.

The other complaint is the lack of a cartridge port on it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Adore this. River Raid and Pitfall again!! My hubby still beats me at pong!
Published 4 days ago by imagesinthewind
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The kids love the Atiari Flashback!
Published 4 months ago by Lauren Mary O'Neal
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Graphics not the same
Published 5 months ago by Elaine Howard
1.0 out of 5 stars Fun in Theory
Hey remember how great those old Atari 2600 games were?!? Good. Then leave those and memories and don't get this. The games suck and now my childhood memories are ruined!!
Published 9 months ago by Gerald R Overmyer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Atari!!!
Easy to setup
Great built in games
Fast start up and shut down
Ease to mod
Great throwback to a older gen
Just awesome!
Published 13 months ago by Mike P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this for my dad's birthday and he loved it. He grew up playing these games and said it made him feel like a kid again. :)
Published 14 months ago by T. Hinton
3.0 out of 5 stars atari
This was fun for a while. It brought back a lot of memories But with all the new systems, these old games soon found their way into the goodwill pile.
Published 20 months ago by Stacey Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Grea Game
It plays well with all the classic games And it came with everything we needed.Such a great price too!! Thanks
Published 21 months ago by Erica Epps
5.0 out of 5 stars Atari Flasback 2
A good retro style console with some good retro style Atari games. A harder console to get now - so for the completist.
Published 21 months ago by cristofori-au
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good games. Some duds.
Some great classic games on here. Unfortunately some of them (Caverns of Mars) are glitchy and almost unplayable. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JB
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