Ever fancied owning a cartridge of an unreleased Atari 2600 game? That’s the idea behind Atari XP, a new publisher of collectible, physical games. They’re kicking off their range with three never released and (very) hard to find games from the 1970s and 1980s.
The following criteria informs the Atari XP range:
- Games that were completed but never received an official release, or were only released in very limited quantities.
- Games for which physical media has become extremely rare, and therefore hard to find.
- A wide variety of classic games that would benefit from small improvements to graphic rendering on modern devices and the smoothness and accuracy of controls. These games will be carefully ‘reconditioned’ and then re-released.
Atari XP is named after the Atari Program Exchange (APX), which existed to sell games by professional and amateur developers via mail order back in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s an apt title for a company releasing the folloing three games: Yars’ Return, Saboteur, and Aquaventure.
The sequel to the popular 1982 title Yars’ Revenge, the best selling original game for the Atari 2600, released on cartridge for the first time ever.
Saboteur is a creative, multi-level shooter developed by Howard Scott Warshaw in 1983 but never released. Buy the official version now, available for the first time from Atari.
Made in a period dominated by space games, this colorful and challenging undersea game was a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately the game was never released on cartridge, until now!
Cartridges are made in the USA from high-quality materials, with new components, beveled edges to protect the pins, gold plated connectors, and power draw matching the original Atari 2600 cartridges. Meanwhile, limited edition releases will feature premium packaging and extras for collectors and fans.
Now available to buy, Atari XP cartridges are only available in the USA. Overseas sales arrangements are expected to be established at a later date. Learn more at www.atarixp.com.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.