Atari releases two Working 2600 cartridges for its 50th anniversary



It’s been 50 years since Atari came to life and kicked off the endless video game craze. And to celebrate that anniversary, we’re getting two new limited edition Atari 2600 cartridges:missile command Y Adventure.

These cartridges are fully functional when paired with a classic Atari 2600 console. They feature unique artwork and a large acrylic logo, which lights up when played. And, notably, Atari says that the new games are “manufactured to exacting standards” and use the same power consumption as the original 2600 cartridges.

Both titles come in orange boxes (just like their original release) and have a cutout window for the cartridge. They also include a handful of trinkets, like a full-color manual, an enamel pin, an embroidered patch, and a cartridge rack.

Technically speaking, these aren’t the first retro re-releases Atari has offered. They are simply the latest entries in Atari’s XP line, which also includes Yard’s Revenge Y Saboteur. But today’s news is remarkable because missile command Y Adventure They are my favorite Atari games. So there’s that.

Here is the only problem; Atari charges $100 for these re-released games. That’s at least 10 times the amount you’d pay for an original cartridge. You have to be a serious collector to go for these things.