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Atari 2600 Returns as New Compact Handheld and Innovative Plug and Play TV Joystick


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One of the most iconic video games consoles, the Atari 2600 is returning as a handheld console and innovative plug and play TV joystick in time for Christmas 2018.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Handheld’ features the immortalised “wood” effect and includes 50 classic games built-in, including Asteroids, Pong, Centipede, Missile Command, Breakout, Millipede and more.

In addition to featuring a 2.4″ screen, it also includes A/V output (with HDMI adapter available) and super responsive buttons with a stylish analogue control stick.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Plug and Play TV Joystick’ features a progressive design, with the inclusion of an arcade style button on top of the controller and will connect to your TV with the included A/V cable (or HDMI with an available adapter). It will feature the same 50 built-in games as the handheld.

Pre-orders from will also receive an exclusive limited edition Centipede coin.

The range is officially licensed by Atari and is being developed by PQube, the leading distributor of retro gaming hardware in Europe.

The range was originally announced in 2017 however, development has seen the product range move to October 19th 2018. A lot of care and attention has been put into remaining faithful to the Atari brand and the outcome will be worth the wait. The new images in this announcement are photos of the latest samples, ahead of final production and give the first glimpse of the final design.

CEO of PQube, David Pain quoted:
“We are delighted to be working with Atari on this amazing project. Having sold over a million retro gaming consoles, we have taken the extensive feedback from press, retail and the consumer to develop the new range of hardware that is faithful to the Atari brand”

CEO of Atari, Frederik Chesnais quoted:
“We are thrilled to partner with PQube on the compact handheld and Plug and Play TV Joystick,” said Fred Chresnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “Both products are packed with nostalgic and fun-filled games that will give our fans the opportunity to relive the golden age of video games wherever they go.”

The “Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld console” will retail for just £34.99 and the “Atari ‘Retro’ TV Plug and Play Joystick” at just £24.99. It is available to pre-order now at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination,

The full list of included games below:

1. 3D Tic-Tac-Toe (31 in 1)
2. Adventure
3. Air-Sea Battle
4. Asteroids
5. Black Jack
6. Bowling
7. Breakout
8. Canyon Bomber
9. Casino
10. Centipede
11. Circus Atari
12. Crystal Castles
13. Demons to Diamonds
14. Desert Falcon
15. Dodge ’em
16. Double Dunk
17. Fun With Numbers
18. Golf
19. Gravitar
20. Haunted House
21. Home Run
22. Human Cannonball
23. Maze Craze
24. Millipede
25. Miniature Golf
26. Missile Command
27. Night Driver
28. Off the Wall
29. Pong – Video Olympics
30. Quadrun
31. Radar Lock
32. Realsports Football
33. Realsports Tennis
34. Realsports Volleyball
35. Sprintmaster
36. Steeplechase
37. Stellar Track
38. Street Racer
39. Submarine Commander
40. Super Baseball
41. Super Breakout
42. Super Football
43. Swordquest: Earthworld
44. Swordquest: Fireworld
45. Swordquest: Waterworld
46. Tempest
47. Video Checkers
48. Video Chess
49. Video Pinball
50. Yar’s Revenge

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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