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- Two 2.4G wireless Controllers 720p HDMI output
- Multiple display modes
- Atari Flashback 8 Gold deluxe with 120 games - includes 2 Controllers and 2 paddles
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The all-new Atari Flashback 8 Gold features 120 built-in all-time favorites. These games include legends like Activision's Pitfall! and Taito's Space Invaders, as well as many other all-time Atari 2600 classics like Kaboom!, River Raid, Centipede, and Millipede. Two all new, high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles. Other new features include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
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I had the atari 2600 when it came out, and I had a ton of games, so I have a reference point to which to compare. First up the console--the switches have been replaced by buttons. Small disappointment, I would have preferred an exact replica of the original. I first saw this product in the store a few weeks ago(unlike the Nintendo retro games, these were actually in stock). Atari 8 flashback gold. Then a few days later, I saw online they were coming out with the deluxe version, which included paddles. I decided to go with the deluxe. Here is the review:
--the joysticks. Looser than the original, they work just as good. What's even better is they put some buttons on one of the joysticks so you don't have to get up and go to the console every time you want to change games, like you do with the NES. That is a HUGE plus. Also, the joysticks are wireless--another big plus. I have not had any lag problems.
--menu layout. Every game is represented by its original cover art--love that idea! Nice touch.
--paddle controllers. One of them does not turn as smoothly as the other, comes across as cheap. Also, in the game Breakout and Super Breakout, the paddle flickers as you move it, there isn't a clear, smooth image of the paddle. This makes it pretty difficult when the ball picks up speed, as you try to hit the ball with a blurred, flickering paddle image. I wonder if the connection with the pins is bad.
Another thumbs down with the paddle controllers--they are wired, and the wires are not long enough.
Regarding the games, I've only played a few, here are the reviews:
Space Invaders--I think they used the arcade version. Great! The 2600 version was always inferior.
Frogger--They used the arcade version. Awesome! This game plays great. Once again, the 2600 version was considerably inferior.
Breakout/Super Breakout--the most addicting game I've played in the bunch. However, it's hindered by the fact the wires are not long enough, and even more so, the paddle flickers when you move it, making it difficult to hit the ball as it picks up speed. The original 2600 always gave you a clear paddle image, so it can be done.
Indy 500--virtually unplayable. They force you to use the joysticks for controls! There's a reason it came packaged with the special driving controls.
Championship Soccer. Just like the original. A personal favorite back in the 1980s.
Missle Command--2600 version. Would have preferred the arcade version.
atari climber. Never played this one before. I thought it would be a knock-off of Crazy Climber, but it's actually a knock-off of Donkey Kong.
So far, hits and misses. The menu layout is beautiful, but it's ultimately limited by the primitive games that the 2600 produced. There are a few that are still addicting--Super Breakout is the most addicting so far of the bunch. I will continue to add to this as I play more games.
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The games feel like there is a major lag in the controls and paddles are basically unusable.
I would not recommend this - waste of money