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Atari to Release "Flashback" Console

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Posted by Jeremy on September 7, 2004 9:11 AM

Atari today announced the "Atari Flashback" video game console which comes preloaded with 20 vintage Atari titles and is designed after the Atari 7800. The plug-and-play system comes with two controllers and a never-before-released game, "Saboteur?." In the same vein, Atari announced, "Atari Anthology" (PS2, Xbox), a collection of 85 classic Atari games. The MSRP for the "Flashback" is $44.95 and will be out by this Christmas. "Atari Anthology" will retail for $19.99 and is due out in November. What is old is new again!

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Go 'Old School' for the Holidays with the 'Atari Flashback' Classic Game Console

New Plug-and-Play System Offers 20 Vintage Atari Titles, Including One Never-before-Released Game

BEVERLY, Mass., Sept. 7, 2004: It started a revolution and redefined entertainment for a generation...and today, Atari (Nasdaq: ATAR) proves you can go home again with its Atari? FlashbackTM Classic Game Console. Coming in time for the holiday season, Atari Flashback is a stand-alone, plug-and-play unit filled with 20 classic Atari games, including Asteroids?, Centipede?, Breakout? and the never-before-released SaboteurTM. Atari Flashback, a hybrid of the classic Atari 2600 and 7800 consoles, is modeled to resemble a smaller replica of the 7800 and plugs directly into the TV, for easy access and instant gratification.

"Today's huge universe of video games fans got its start with these vintage Atari games and the old Atari consoles," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "For those gamers, Atari Flashback is a rush of nostalgia and retro fun; for younger gamers, it's a chance to see where it all began and try their hand at gaming old-school style. It's a must-have gift for the holidays."

Returning 20 years after the introduction of the Atari 7800, Atari Flashback is a smaller replica of the original Atari 7800 system and comes with two joystick controllers, power supply and a TV cable so gamers can quickly and easily connect to their TV and start playing. Atari Flashback features 20 classic games that defined a generation of players, as well as one previously unreleased game, Saboteur.

The complete list of games found in Atari Flashback includes:

# AdventureTM

# Air Sea BattleTM

# Asteroids?

# Battlezone?

# Breakout?

# Canyon Bomber

# Centipede?

# Crystal Castles?

# Desert FalconTM

# Food FightTM

# Gravitar?

# Haunted HouseTM

# Millipede?

# Planet SmashersTM

# SaboteurTM

# Sky DiverTM

# SolarisTM

# SprintmasterTM

# Warlords?

# Yar's Revenge

Atari Flashback be available in November for a suggested retail price of $44.95. For detailed information on Atari's entire product lineup, please visit www.atari.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3RTM, Enter the MatrixTM, Neverwinter NightsTM, StuntmanTM, Test Drive?, Unreal? Tournament 2004, and Unreal? Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard SportsTM, Nickelodeon's Blue's CluesTM and Dora the ExplorerTM, Civilization?, Dragon Ball Z? and RollerCoaster Tycoon?. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

(C) 2004, Atari, Inc. All rights reserved. ATARI, the ATARI logo, and classic Atari game titles and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2004--The largest collection of classic Atari games ever assembled comes home for the holidays as, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced ATARI(R) ANTHOLOGY(TM), a round up of 85 vintage Atari games being released for the first time for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. Capturing the nostalgia and sheer fun of the original video game revolution, ATARI ANTHOLOGY is scheduled to hit retail shelves in November at the competitive price point of $19.99 that could make it irresistible for holiday shoppers.

"An entire generation of Atari 2600 and classic arcade game fans have been clamoring for a chance to relive that addictive fun, and now they finally can with ATARI ANTHOLOGY," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studio. "With 85 authentic Atari titles and all original gameplay, ATARI ANTHOLOGY appeals to a diverse audience of both dedicated and casual players alike."

For video game console owners, no better value exists than ATARI ANTHOLOGY, which features 85 games that started a revolution, including 18 arcades games such as Asteroids(R), Battlezone(R), Missile Command(R), and Pong(R); 62 Atari 2600 games including Gravitar(R), Millipede(R) and Super Breakout(R) and five bonus titles, such as Off the Wall(TM), Blackjack(TM), Desert Falcon(TM), Steeplechase(TM) and Sprintmaster(TM). Adding an innovative twist to each game are new Challenge Modes such as the psychedelic Trippy Mode, Time Warp and Double Speed, all of which push player's skills to the extreme, while a new 3D interface offers a polished portal into all the games.

ATARI ANTHOLOGY spans an impressive array of game categories, including Arcade Originals, 2600 Arcade Games and 2600 Adventure Games, as well as numerous offerings in the Action, Sports, Mind, Casino, Racing and Space genres.

ATARI ANTHOLOGY is expected to be available in November for a suggested retail price of $19.99. For detailed information on these products as well as the Company's entire product lineup, please visit www.atari.com.

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