Like a pair of aging pioneers getting together for old times' sake, Atari
It's fitting. After all, it was Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Activision's classic Pitfall game that gave the Atari 2600 console some depth and side-scrolling personality. Before Sega and Nintendo
Atari lived to fight another day. Unfortunately, that day was short and overcast. The doomed Atari Jaguar platform left the company with little choice but to pull out of the console front, now dominated by Nintendo, Sony
What exactly is the Flashback 2? It's a handheld device that retails for about $15-$30 and simply plugs into your TV to play basic included games. Atari Flashback 2 will have 40 games and, unlike the paddle controller that came with the original, this one will feature a pair of its classic joysticks.
It should sell well over the holidays. The only thing that I'm left wondering is whether this press release was even necessary. Over at Amazon.com, I see a product review from May that mentioned that the unit games included Activision's Pitfall and River Raid.
Dig a little deeper into the Amazon storefront and you will see that this isn't virgin territory for Activision. Pitfall and River Raid are already playable on the Activision 10-in-1 TV Games plaything put out by JAKKS Pacific
These small plug-in games have been brisk sellers, mostly due to simplicity and affordability. Companies like JAKKS and Radica Games
Pitfall? I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can find it everywhere.
- Maybe Atari made a Humongous mistake.
- Yes, new consoles are on the way from the big three platforms.
- Video game publishers can be winning investments.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is old enough to remember playing on an Atari 2600 before it became a relic. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.