The Atari 5200, released in 1982 in the USA, is a 2nd generation video game console. Atari, remember, is a French company headquartered in Paris. It was originally an American company. It doesn't matter if you are a gamer; all you need is an Atari 5200 console. Atari 5200 Console in Australia is available online. You can buy any Atari 5200 Consoles from the links, as mentioned earlier.

Price and Availability

Atari ceases production of the Atari 5200 after two years of existence and one million units sold. The Atari 7800 is doing a little better in terms of sales but does not hide the worrying financial situation of the manufacturer. Atari 5200 Console Price in Australia ranges from 250 to 500 AUD. You can find the best deal from the stores, as mentioned above.

Atari 5200 Console History

This 2nd generation Atari 5200 video game console released in 1982 is sometimes available for rental in retro gaming stores. Indeed, for trade fairs, a professional event, or a private party, it is always entertaining to entertain the guests authentically with an old console. The nostalgic ones are always delighted!

Atari keeps its characteristic triangular line. A modern style console with its aluminum strip gives an old look to the "vintage" model of the Atari 2600 with its imitation wood strip. While Japanese firms are betting everything on the directional cross, Atari persists in the mini joystick. Finally, not quite: the stick could unblock and make way for a cross!

Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1988). Nintendo has adapted its flagship game for the three Atari consoles and a host of other consoles (Intellivision, Apple II, Amstrad CPC, etc.). What a pleasure to find Mario on a competing console!

After the triumph of the Atari 2600, Atari immediately means "game console" in the 1970s. Nintendo is taking this place in the 1980s with the NES. The 1983 "Video Game Crash" caused irreversible trauma in the United States.

In the early 1980s, the technical superiority of the Mattel console pushed Atari to release a new, improved version of its famous VCS 2600. The first project was the Atari 3200, immediately abandoned for a completely different project: Pam's, the future Atari 5200.

Many people think the Atari 5200 is Atari's answer to Colecovision, but the Atari 5200 was supposed to counter Intellivision. To save research and development time and respond quickly to competition, Atari is inspired by its range of microcomputers. Atari had high hopes in this console, which would eventually accommodate the Atari 400 and 800 microcomputer games. And for a good reason, their architecture is similar.

 The only difference is the lack of a keyboard for the console—a bridge between computer and console has taken over years later by Microsoft. Formerly named System X, the company's marketing department opted for 5200 to insist on the rise of the successor to 2600. Gaming cartridges are almost twice the size to give customers the impression that they are getting their money's worth. In short, the idea of the marketing department was that the bigger a machine, the more powerful it seems.

The revolution is its capacity to accommodate not two but four controller ports. Mattel touted its controller as a selling point like the Atari 2600 because it featured a 16-way joystick versus only eight directions for the Atari machine. It is, therefore, on this aspect that Atari has focused its research, and this is the reason why those of the Intellivision directly inspire its controllers.

The not very ergonomic joystick still has an analog stick, and above all, it is the first to receive the start and select buttons, a future standard for home consoles. The joystick also allows automatic fire. Their fragility was pointed out, and for a good reason, the sleeves only held a few hours before breaking, and a big problem with centering the stick was observed. Since the stick did not automatically return to neutral, it was up to the player to do so. A small box is provided to store it at the back of the machine.

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Arrived in 1982, it knows only a limited distribution and does not exceed the American territory. It did not find it's public reluctant to see it replace their 2600. The choice to favor the number of controllers over backward compatibility works against the machine since the console arrives on the market with an inferior game library, unlike competitors equipped with accessories allowing them to take advantage of the dynamic catalog of the Atari 2600.

Besides, Atari is still developing games for its old home console and does not fully support the Atari 5200. Today it is a rare and sometimes forgotten model of history. Atari will consider releasing an improved version of its controller, but the low success of the console will make it give up. The career of the Atari 5200 ended on May 22, 1984, when Atari publicly buries it after the announcement, during a press conference the day before, of its replacement, the Atari 7800.