The Atari 5200 was released in 1982 and was meant to succeed the Atari 2600, and competed against the Colecovision. Though it was a failure, it was the first console to introduce a pause feature. It also included a storage panel for unknown reasons, many gamers believe it was installed to store games, but the Angry Video Game Nerd used it to store his beer.
Why it Flopped
- The original model was very large in size, making it hard to store.
- The main controller was faulty and unreliable, as the analog stick used a weak rubber rather than springs.
- Most of the games were just graphically updated Atari 2600 games, but the updated games failed to satisfy lots of customers.
- Only 69 games were made for the Atari 5200, and it was not backwards compatible with the Atari 2600 unless if gamers used a VCS cartridge adapter.
- Unlike the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200's game cartridges didn't have end labels, making it difficult to find a specific game.
- The AC adapter was too heavy.
- The controllers can be somewhat fixed, but still it takes a long time.