Nintendo had a huge success with their NES Classic last year and, as long as they get their embarrassing distribution hurdles behind them, their new SNES Classic due out this Fall should be a license print money!
Now Atari is hoping to learn some do’s and don’ts from Nintendo for their release of their new Ataribox!
While Atari is still being very tight lipped about the details of their new console (specs, pricing, games, release date…), they have confirmed that the new system “will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”
In an email released to subscribers today, Atari announced that they plan on releasing 2 versions that will pay homage (at least cosmetically) to their original systems: A wood edition and a black/red edition!
Here is an excerpt from the email:
“Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.”
The system does look pretty sweet!
Atari says they are taking their time with the details on this project because they want to “get it right”, which sounds suspiciously like “we saw the negativity Nintendo received by not addressing their supply chain issues early on and we don’t want that.”
Special thanks to Uncle Steve for this find!
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In the meantime, vintage Atari gamers can still get their fix from the Atari Flashback 7 Deluxe.
Side Note: How many of the 17 different Nintendo consoles have you owned?