National Game Registry: Atari 5200 SuperSystem

United States Library of Congress

Atari 5200 SuperSystem

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Atari 5200 SuperSystem
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This article features the best games released for the Atari 5200 SuperSystem as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Atari 5200 Supersystem
Manufacturer: Atari
Debut: 1982
Nation of origin: United States

In 1982, Atari was in very good shape with their 2600 VCS dominating console competition from Mattel, Magnavox, Fairchild, RCA and Bally, and their 400/800 line of home computers competing head-to-head with systems from Apple, Tandy, Commodore and Texas Instruments. To separate itself from the pack, Atari released a “new” console, the 5200 SuperSystem. In truth, the 5200 was simply a redesign of the 400/800 computers, released three years earlier. The computer and console were internally identical but externally separated by cartridge slot sizes, controller models and the 5200’s lack of a keyboard. The 5200 controllers have been labeled the worst in video game history, cursed with non-centering joysticks that easily broke. In spite of the outdated hardware and the poor controllers, the 5200 had a strong library, including a few originals and several arcade ports. Inducted games include:

Pitfall!
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Emulation: National Game Registry recommends MESS for 5200 SuperSystem emulation on home computers.

Manuals: Many 5200 games are less than self-explanatory. A collection of manuals may be viewed at AtariAge

Reviews: Video Game Critic offers several 5200 reviews.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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