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 original version of the console also used a bizarre connection set-up that required the AC adapter to be plugged into the RF switchbox rather than the console itself, meaning that if the switchbox broke, the console would be rendered inoperable. Later versions reverted to a more conventional set-up that didn't require the proprietary switchbox.
- The Trackball controller is slightly bigger than the original NES
- The controllers can be somewhat fixed, but still it takes a long time.
- It was the first console to introduce a pause feature on this controller.
- You can store beer and your favorite drinks or whatever in its remaining space.
- Despite its library being small, many of the games are nearly arcade-perfect ports.