Retro gamers will love this. Not everyone grew up on the PlayStation, Wii, or even Game Boy. Some grew up with Atari in hand and pixelated space aliens to kill. Now, you can relive that glory with the Atari Retro Handheld Console.
Specifically, this neat device looks like the 2600 handheld. Still, this is in name only as the new version lacks a number. Although it does share a good number of the 2600’s iconic features. For example, the strange ridged black plastic and woodgrain finish are present and accounted for.
The controls also look like classic Atari joysticks. Ultra-satisfying red, pressable buttons adorn the opposite side. If you were a gamer in the ‘70s or ‘80s you likely have quite fond memories of these red buttons. The two action buttons on this new replica are remarkably similar but the D-pad takes some getting used to. It is similar to the Xbox 360 D-pad but is slightly less directional. It is abundantly clear that clever design work was done to emulate the spirit of the Atari 2600 in this device.
The 50 games that come pre-downloaded on the Atari Retro Handheld cover a big chunk of the original console’s 560+ library. This is hit or miss depending on your taste but we are pretty fond of the selection. It includes classics like Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Realsports, Maze Craze, Gravitar, Desert Falcon, and more. You’ll also note that Yar’s Revenge, Missile Command, and Crystal Castles and Adventure have also made the jump into the 21st century.
Unfortunately, licensing restrictions stopped some of Activision’s classic 2600 games from making the cut. No Pitfall, Chopper Command, or Enduro. The same reason is likely to blame for the lack of Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pole Position, or Mario on these retro consoles.
Still, this is an expected situation with any retro system. Built-in games can’t cover every title. Just the ones that we remember most. With the 50 games on the Atari Retro Handheld you’ll quickly forget about those and be having a blast with the ones that are there.
A unique feature of this console is that it runs off of real, actual batteries. No internal battery or USB charging here, folks. You’ll be able to play plenty of games without chomping up batteries though. We can thank modern technology for not making this a modern-day Game Gear.
The games on the console run well. Although that isn’t hard to accomplish. You could probably get the processing power needed for these games from a hamster running on a wheel. The device also includes built-in audio, so you don’t need headphones to enjoy playing.
If you loved playing classic Atari games in your youth, then you will love this handheld version of the console. It’s that simple. And sometimes simple is better. Buy Here