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Atari says their upcoming Atari VCS was inspired by Nintendo 'breaking the mold' with the Switch

Inspired by the best

The Atari VCS has had a very long and arduous road to release, but it seems the hardware is finally nearing launch. Will the platform, which welcomes modern games and streaming entertainment, find a place in the market? Only time will tell, but Atari is hoping their inspiration will help pave the way to success.

In an interview with Medium, Atari's Chief Operating Officer Michael Arzt discusses why he thinks there's a chance the Atari VCS could be successful. It turns out the gang at Atari was quite inspired by what Nintendo pulled off with the Switch, and they think that runaway hit proves that the market is ready for something like the Atari VCS as well.

Atari’s goal is to reach the mass consumer that may not want to pay a premium for a layer of hardware performance they rarely tap into, and who may be looking for something a bit different from what the dedicated consoles provide. Nintendo has done an amazing job of breaking from the mold by emphasizing portability over processing power, combined with unique games and proprietary IP, and with other new retro-style consoles coming to market alongside us, clearly we were not the only ones that saw an opportunity to do something different.

Missile Command: Recharged now available for Switch

Ready, aim, FIRE!

Iconic interactive entertainment producer Atari® and developer Nickervision Studios are delighted to announce today that Missile Command: Recharged™, the neon-lit reimagining of the beloved classic, is now available on Nintendo Switch™ and PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, with an Epic Games Store release coming soon!

Based on the 1980 arcade classic, Missile Command: Recharged delivers a visually captivating, deliciously difficult experience designed for modern gamers and fans of the original, alike. Following a highly successful launch on iOS and Android mobile platforms, Missile Command: Recharged brings the fun to a broader audience for even more classically-inspired and fully-charged fun.

Missile Command: Recharged features high intensity, arcade action where players must defend their cities by shooting down an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Swiftly aimed counter-missiles defend against the onslaught and unlockable powerups give players an edge at critical moments. Missile Command: Recharged will appeal to those that fondly remember playing the original or its many iterations, and a whole new generation of gamers that are looking for fast-paced arcade goodness.

Key Features Include:

Powered Up: Don’t just target missiles – take aim at all-new powerups to survive longer with defensive measures, missile speed boosts, or a screen-clearing special blast.

Upgraded: The new powerup system takes points earned and allows them to be used to upgrade all aspects of gameplay to get an edge and achieve the highest scores.

Shoot for the Clouds: Compete in global online leaderboards and aim to claim bragging rights as the top missile commander.

Achievements (PC, iOS, Android): Better yourself with each game played and work towards besting the toughest challenges!
Missile Command: Recharged is now available on Nintendo Switch and PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam for $2.99 USD.

Missile Command: Recharged announced for Switch, launching May 27th

An Atari classic reimagined on Switch!

The classic is back - this time on Nintendo Switch and PC through Steam and the Epic Store.

Missile Command: Recharged is a re-imagining of the beloved classic with fast-paced, arcade action where players must defend their bases by blasting an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Launch counter-missiles to protect your base and target powerups to gain an edge at critical moments. Missile Command: Recharged will appeal to those that fondly remember playing the original or its many iterations, and a whole new generation of mobile gamers that are looking for fast-paced, pick-up-and play, arcade goodness.

Powered Up:
Don’t just target missiles – take aim at all-new powerups to survive longer with defensive measures, silo repair, or a screen-clearing special blast.

Upgraded:
New powerup system takes points earned and allows them to be used to upgrade all aspects of gameplay to get an edge and achieve the highest scores.

Shoot for the Clouds:
Compete in global online leaderboards and aim to claim bragging rights as the top missile commander.

Achievements:
Better yourself with each game played and work towards besting the toughest challenges!

Get Augmented:
Use the new augmented reality feature to project your gameplay to a virtual arcade cabinet and take your missile destruction to new heights!

PONG Quest - more footage

Embark upon an epic adventure in PONG Quest as you take on the challenge for King and country in a journey across numerous themed dungeons populated with all manner of paddles, puzzles and balls.

Atari’s Classically-Inspired RPG PONG Quest is Now Available on Switch, 20% Discount Available

PONG is BACK!

It's PONG® like you've never imagined! Today, iconic interactive entertainment producer Atari® is thrilled to announce PONG Quest™, the new RPG adventure game inspired by the flagship arcade classic is now available on Nintendo Switch™!

Embark upon an epic PONG-inspired role-playing adventure as you take on the challenge for King and country in a journey across numerous themed dungeons, each loosely based on classic Atari hits including Asteroids®, Centipede®, and more.

Customize your hero and engage in new intense PONG battle gameplay, featuring over 50 different types of balls, each with their unique abilities. Solve precarious puzzles and gather precious loot as you uncover the secrets of the Orbs on a journey to unlock the mystery of the Spooky Door and save PONG World!

Key Features of PONG Quest Include:

Quest Mode: Jump into the boots of an adventuring paddle and delve dangerous dungeons in order to unlock the secrets of the Spooky Door and save PONG World!

Local Battle Mode: Up to four players can join the match to play the newly reimagined version of PONG gameplay, using specialized balls and outfits found in the story-based Quest Mode.

Local Classic Mode: Two local players. Classic PONG action. Play by the original rules and show your friends and foes who’s still got it!

Online Mode: Play against others online in both classic PONG, or the new battle variants. Victory and leaderboard fame await!

Developed by Chequered Ink and published by Atari, PONG Quest is now available on Windows PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch. To celebrate the Nintendo Switch launch, PONG Quest can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop at a 20% discount from May 7 to May 14, 2020.

Famitsu print ad - RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures

RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures has been available in Europe and North America for awhile now, but it only just recently hit the Switch in Japan. I don't know that the game really did all that well anywhere it released, but perhaps it can find an audience in Japan.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures releasing in Japan on May 16


Publisher Oizumi Amuzio has announced they will be bringing RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures to Japan. The game will release on May 16, and be priced at 6912 yen physically and 6400 yen digitally.

Atari Flashback Classics - another round of footage

The most comprehensive collection of arcade and home console classics comes to the Nintendo Switch™ system. Packed with 150 all-time favorites, rare gems, and unique homebrews, Atari® Flashback Classics is designed to take advantage of the touch screen and Joy-Con™ controllers of the Nintendo Switch system to bring new life to these iconic Atari games. With all-new achievements, leaderboards and social features bringing players together, combined with an amazing archive of classic artwork make Atari Flashback Classics the most complete Atari collection ever!

Atari Flashback Classics - gameplay footage

Atari Flashback Classics is designed to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s unique controls and functionality to bring new life to beloved games. Up to four-player local multiplayer and two-player online is available as well on a per title basis.

Atari Flashback Classics Introduces a Collection of 150 Atari Favorites to Switch

NEW YORK, NY (DECEMBER 14, 2018) - Atari®, one of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers, today brings their most comprehensive collection of arcade and home console classics for Nintendo Switch with the release of Atari® Flashback Classics. Available now through the Nintendo eShop and at retail, Atari Flashback Classics is packed with 150 fan-favorite Atari games, including Asteroids®, Centipede®, and Missile Command®, all with additional content and online features!

For the first time ever, Atari Flashback Classics is available on Nintendo Switch! Dive into the legendary publisher’s iconic library of games — with titles from the Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 home consoles, along with former arcade exclusives. Atari Flashback Classics features support for all-new local achievements, leaderboards, and social features to bring players together just like in the olden days. An archive of classic artwork rounds out the package to make Atari Flashback Classics a must-have for enthusiasts and collectors!

Atari Flashback Classics is designed to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s unique controls and functionality to bring new life to beloved games. Up to four-player local multiplayer and two-player online is available as well on a per title basis.

Key Features Include:

150 Classic Atari 2600, 5200 and Arcade Games: Play seminal Atari titles including Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, Tempest®, Warlords®, and many more.
Online and Local Multiplayer: Battle for arcade supremacy against friends online or at home.
Online Leaderboards: Compare your high scores with players from around the world.
Nintendo Switch Functionality: Designed to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s greatest features.
Brand New User-Interface: New User-Interface designed to re-create the greatest classic arcade experience.

Developed by Code Mystics, Atari Flashback Classics is now available for purchase through the Nintendo eShop for $39.99 USD. Atari Flashback Classics is rated E for Everyone for Mild Cartoon Violence and Simulated Gambling. To learn more about Atari Flashback Classics, please visit: www.Atari.com.

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