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What 30 Games Would You Put On An Atari 7800 Classic Mini?


Skippy B. Coyote
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I began pondering this subject because I have a friend from out of state coming to visit in August that grew up with the NES, and I'd like to introduce him to Atari's main console from that time period while he's here. He was one of those lucky few who managed to get a NES Classic Mini at retail and loves it, which got me thinking about what 30 games would belong on an Atari 7800 Classic Mini if there ever was such a thing (sorry original Atari Flashback, you don't count).

Like with the NES Classic Mini I think the game list should showcase the most popular highlights of the system's library as well as the system exclusive games that made the platform unique. For my own personal list I decided to include some homebrew and prototype titles that have stepped up to fill in genre gaps from back in the day (which I think is reasonable since the modern homebrew community has added so much to the 7800's library) but you're certainly welcome to keep your list confined to just original releases if you'd prefer. My list also has a pretty heavy focus on multiplayer arcade game ports, because I feel like that was probably the Atari 7800's biggest strength and one of the best reasons to sit down and play the 7800 with a friend today.

That all said, here's what my personal Atari 7800 Classic Mini game list would look like:


Alien Brigade (With XE Light Gun)
Asteroids
Ballblazer
Basketbrawl
Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest (Homebrew)
Centipede
Choplifter!
Dark Chambers
Dig Dug
Donkey Kong PK (Homebrew)
Donkey Kong Junior
Double Dragon
Food Fight
Frenzy! (Homebrew)
Galaga
Ikari Warriors
Impossible Mission (Bug Fixed Version)
Joust
Klax (Prototype)
Mario Bros.
Midnight Mutants
Ninja Golf
Pac-Man Collection (Homebrew)
Pole Position II
Rampage
Robotron 2084
Scramble (Homebrew)
Tower Toppler
Xenophobe
Xevious



What 30 games would find their way onto your Atari 7800 Classic Mini list?

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Tell ya what....if I had my druthers, I'druther they did a mini with, say, 30 games, plus an easy way to let you add games, like with the portables.

If we were talking about a real product here I would definitely agree with you, more games = better. Though in this case I was really just interested in seeing what others consider to be the 30 most essential Atari 7800 games. :)

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The 7800 would have to be a "classic" first for there to a 7800 Classic Mini, wouldn't it? :P

Anyway, my Top 30 Atari 7800 games (no homebrews, 'cuz that's cheating):

Galaga
Xevious
Ms. Pac-Man
Commando
Desert Falcon
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ballblazer
Winter Games
Midnight Mutants
Ninja Golf
Asteroids
Planet Smashers
Alien Brigade
Centipede
Joust
Robotron
Xenophobe
Dark Chambers
Ikari Warriors
Fatal Run
Pole Position II
F-18 Hornet
Rampage
Double Dragon
Crossbow
Tower Toppler
Basketbrawl
Tank Command

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With the way the Flashbacks are going, I don't see any way non-Atari games would be on the system at all, but that got me thinking, what would be my favourite 7800 games, including homebrews?

 

(Roughly in order of preference)

- Robotron 2084

- Joust

- Space Duel

- Frenzy

- Pacman Collection

- Super Paman

- Baby Pacman

 

And some others that I think would be worth putting onto:

- that Q*bert clone which I think is called B*nq

- Dark Chambers

- Xevious

- Galaga (not a fan of this version but it seems many people are)

- Ballblazer

- Ninja Golf

- (maybe) Asteroids

- Centipede

- Food Fight

- (perhaps) Rampage

- Dungeon Stalker (not that I think they'd be able to strike a deal with Mattel and Midway)

 

That's about the 7800 i like for now.

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Tunes you cheater--that's like 38 games if I recall the number on the Bob cart right!

 

Take off Karateka, Jinks, Winter Games, Hat Trick, Ms Pac Man, and choose the rest at random- it's too painful to pick after that :P

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