Atari has released two charming new Mini Arcade games for 2019, and it may well be time for you to polish your Pong® skills!
Sure to transport you straight back to early gaming heaven, these officially licensed collectable arcades are adorable and will feature 5 classic games, including Centipede. Each device will boast a full-colour 2.8” screen and you’ll easily be able to play old-school games to your heart’s content.
Great Games for the Mini Arcades
The Atari Pong Mini Arcade has 5 retro titles by Electronic Games included and, thanks to the speaker, you’ll be able to irritate your family and friends with unceasing 8-bit squeaks and noises if you want to. There is, however, a 3.5mm jack for headphones if you’re feeling merciful.
Powered by 4 AA batteries, you can look forward to several hours of gaming, and a micro-USB, bought separately will charge them back up. Enjoy a game of online Blackjack or two while you wait, and then dive back in.
The Mini Arcade also comes replete with 5 retro titles by Electronic Games but is a more single-player experience. The traditional arcade stick and d-pad controls make an appearance, and your game options include Adventure®, Centipede®, Sprint Master®, Warlords®, and Yar’s Revenge®.
On the Heels of the Handheld
The Mini Arcades’ release follow last year’s launch of the portable Handheld, a very cute controller packed with dozens of games. If you think about it, this platform is how gaming was able to grow and develop into what it is today, and playing Asteroid on a pocket-sized gadget is a great way to celebrate this!
The Retro Handheld boasts everything that was so superb about the Atari 2600 into a compact, portable unit with a 2.4” colour screen. Sporting the famous wood-veneer effect of the first-ever console, you’ll be able to enjoy 50 classic built-in games, including Asteroids®, Breakout®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and Pong®.
The buttons are very responsive, and a fashionable analogue control stick makes playing the titles on the go very easy. An A/V output means it also possible to play on your big screen if you’d like to, and you can get hold of one of these at a number of retailers, including Amazon, IWOOT, and Zavvi.
Retro Gaming on Your Sofa at Home
If neither of these options is enough for you, you’ll be glad to hear that you can get a Retro Plug and Play TV Joystick from Atari too. Built on the original joystick design, a new arcade-style button is included on top of the controller so you’ll find it that much easier to fire.
Thanks to the inclusion of either an A/V or HDMI cable, the latter requiring a readily-available adapter, the same 50 built-in games as the handheld are featured.
Giving Fans What They Want
Andrew Byatt, Head of Design and Development at PQube, weighed in on how important the now-iconic look and feel of the Atari 2600 is to the nostalgia that fans of this brand have.
He stated that this is why he and his team have spent the time necessary to ensure that these new products have remained faithful to the brand.