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Retro Atari Classics NDS

by Atari
Nintendo DS
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) 51 / 100

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  • Features 10 classic Atari video games
  • Play in Classic or Remix Mode
  • Multiplayer games played across the dual Nintendo DS screens
  • Four-Player wireless Multi-Card play
  • Games Included - Centipede, Missile Command, Asteroids, Pong, Breakout, Sprint, Tempest, Warlords, Gravitar, Lunar Lander

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00076OMOW
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 16, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,233 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Play your Atari favoriteslike never beforeProduct InformationRetro Atari Classics includes ten classic Atari games for your DSadding a hi-tech twist to some lo-fi legends.  Each game hasan original version as well as a Remix Mode where three legendarygraffiti artists have tagged the classics with their own funky streetart.  Play favorites like Asteroids Missile CommandCentipede and more on your Nintendo DS system.Product Features Features Original Style and Remix Versions of 10 classicAtari Games 1-4 Players with Wireless DS Multi-Card Play (requires 1card per player) Includes Centipede Tempest Pong Warlords Missle Command Breakout Sprint Gravitar Asteroids Lunar Landing

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic fun March 27, 2005
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This compilation of classic Atari games includes Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Gravitar, Lunar Lander, Pong, Missile Command, Sprint, Tempest, and Warlords. This is a great buy for fans of classic arcade games, offering the additional lure of dual screen action and optional stylus control. Warlords even provides multiplayer action. Each version has both a classic version and a "remix" with new graphics, although in general I found that the remixed versions left me cold.

For the most part, the games work well with stylus control, and a few really shine. Missile Command is particularly impressive, and is the first home version I've seen that really captures the excitement of the trackball controlled coin-op original. Both screens are used. Incoming missiles are first visible on the upper screen, although satellites and bombers fly across the top of the lower screen. Antimissiles are fired simply by tapping the target point. Although stylus control must be done on the lower touch sensitive screen, you can hold down L, and your stylus clicks are transmitted to the corresponding location of the upper screen. However, this is a bit tricky, and by later levels I found myself working on the lower screen entirely. Graphics are a bit simplified compared to the arcade original, but work well on the small screen. The one thing I really miss is huge, expanding Game Over fireball, which has been dropped for some reason. Still, it is not a full recreation of the coin-op. As in most home versions, you do not have independent control of your 3 missile bases, eliminating a strategy element that was present in the arcade. Also, the "smart" missiles are much less smart than in the original version.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Mixed Bag July 26, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a retro games fan and have most of the originals of these games somewhere in the basement, and all the emulators on my N-Gage. For the classics you could just stick with the GBA version or an emulator on any other system, but frankly the DS is some of the best portable hardware and makes the classics more enjoyable. A few of the "remix" versions I actually like, including Centipede and Warlords. If you buy it for Tempest be advised that this is by far the weakest game on the title.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I miss the 2600! January 12, 2009
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Despite the much higher technology of the DS to the 2600, these travesties are far worse than the 2600 versions of these games from the 80s. The use of the split screen is extremely badly implemented, the games are both difficult to play and dull, the sounds are horrendous, and the "graffiti" style "remakes" seem like a miserably failed attempt to make these games more "kewl" for younger players. All it does is make older players who remember the originals want to throw this cartridge across the room, and it is my bet younger players will STILL not be interested in these games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back good ole memories January 15, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game brings back all the good ole memories I had as a kid playing my pong!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair June 27, 2005
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I wouldn't say this is the worst game ever. But out of my personal experience I found only 1 game was impossible to control. Also the worst part is that you and a friend need retro atari classics game card to play something like pong.

But on the good side many of the games such as asteroids and missle command were much easier to controll than using the control pad to play.

I would recommend this game to those who love boosting their high scores and to those who miss the days of the simple games of the 80's. It will have good replay value for those.

If your not that type of gamer stay away.

Thanks for reading :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame March 22, 2005
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I gotta agree with the other reviewer, this game is difficult to play. While the stylus works well with certain games, i.e. Zookeeper, it doesn't work out well on this game. Further, the games are not really arcade-like (not as finely detailed at all), and the remix versions are even worse. But there are 10 games, making it less than $3 each, and I guess that gives you some bang for your buck. Just don't expect too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful controls make playing impossible February 22, 2011
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm an avid retro-gamer. I don't even consider them retro games - I grew up with them and haven't stopped playing them yet. The games in this collection are good games...originally.

I don't even mind the graffiti make-overs. Can't say I like them, but I don't mind them.

No, the deal-breaker for this collection is the flat-out awful controls that make the games almost entirely unplayable.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining OLD video games! December 10, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's hard to imagine that this is how video games got started compared to how things are today. But, these are so much fun!! They are classic 80's arcade games and I love them. (Might be from the 70's - not sure! But, still loads of fun!)

Would definitely recommend this if you like old classics!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love games! Works as expected
Love games! Works as expected!
Published 4 months ago by E. Meyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable Retro Atari Game Collection for Nintendo DS
There are many solid collections of retro games out there; this is not one of them. From the mediocre selection of titles to the sub-par ports, as a no-frills "Atari... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game for the nostalgic kid in most of us.
Atari games on the go. Wish it contained more, or a sequel could be released. All the classics are on here, but overall, there isn't toooooo much of a variety.
Published 9 months ago by Matt P
2.0 out of 5 stars atari
I do not remember ordering this item but if I did I am sure I would have returned it because I have no machine to play it on.
Published 10 months ago by kathy c
5.0 out of 5 stars Late 70's early 80's big fun
Even at the dawn of the video game era,gamers were a secretive society. High scores on stand alone quarter machines were a source of tribal pride/secret strategy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Vaughn Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Bad Execution
Ordinarily I really enjoy these classic collections. The inclusion of optional graphical modes was really neat, and I wish they'd do something similar in other classic... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Matthew Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Atari for Nintendo DS/DSi
A load of great old favorite Atari games brought back to life for the Nintendo DS. My daughter had a ball playing these games and at such an extremely great low price ! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tea Party Patriot
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty rad collection
Retro Atari Classics is simple and to the point - It's a compilation of 10 arcade games made by Atari (Who else?). Read more
Published on November 23, 2012 by Ryan Sil. (Gamer & PC/Android indie dev)
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school fun
Great collection of game for all the old school gamers. It brought back memories of the Atari and Colleco Vision. Also good for the younger generation.
Published on April 23, 2012 by Value shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great throwback
Great game, if you grew up in the 80's this is an awesome throwback. I play it more than any other game on the system.
Published on July 19, 2010 by Rebecca L. Nash
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