Atari Flashback 8 Gold Deluxe

For all your Atari gaming needs

The SNES Classic was made and sold by Nintendo after the NES Classic’s success. It features identical hardware to its predecessor. The differences are that it comes with 20 SNES games and is, naturally, a SNES replica instead of a NES one. Things get a bit more interesting as we delve into the device’s features and decide whether it’s worth your time.

What do you get?

  • Made by AtGames
  • Costs around $60, though you can find it for less (or more).
  • Doesn’t use actual Atari games. Runs an emulator.
  • Comes with a whopping 120 games.
  • Two Wireless Atari controllers, and two wired paddles! This allows you to play paddle-dependent games without a hitch. Previous versions of the Atari Flashback 8 didn’t have these.
  • Looks just like the real thing (The real thing being an Atari 2600), only smaller. Previous annoying buttons and knobs were replaced with modern alternatives. This doesn’t impact appearance much.
  • Has 720p HDMI output, for a nice, smooth display.
  • Allows you to pause and rewind games – nullifying potential frustration when playing for fun.

What makes the Flashback 8GD a good console?

  • The device looks great and replicates the original 2600 extremely well.
  • 120 games and potential to emulate others with some hacking. Suffice to say that you get a huge chunk of the Atari library, including all the best classics like Pac-Man or Breakout, as well as more advanced games developed later in its life, such as the stunning Solaris.
  • Pair of controllers and paddles lets you and/or a buddy partake in the fun the way it was meant to be done. Device is actually compatible with the original controllers! The ports for these are also positioned up front unlike on the original 2600.
  • Rewind is extremely useful. The user interface is very effectively designed.
  • Relive your Atari nostalgia.

The Dark Side

  • The controllers are perhaps a bit too accurate to the originals. You may find the movement too jerky at times.
  • Hacking/modding isn’t too developed. Getting other Atari games to work may require a fair amount of research and experimentation.
  • 120+ games or not, these were simpler times, and games had far less content. With a few exceptions, the Atari’s games are very short and repetitive.
  • Relive your Atari nostalgia.

Conclusion

There’s a great test you can do to find out if the Flashback is a good item for you. Use another console or a computer and snag an Atari emulator, as well as all the game roms as you think you can handle. If you find that you can consistently have fun with these, the Flashback aught to be a good purchase.

If you get bored, it’s probably a waste. There are exceptions, of course – if you want a replica of the 2600 for aesthetic reasons, the Flashback will prove a nice addition, and if you’re new to emulation, buying one is easier than learning how to run the games elsewhere.

Overall, you’re getting four controllers, a solid visual item, and a system ready to play with. The Flashback is quite redundant due to how easy playing these games Is today, but if you want the genuine Atari feel without breaking a sweat over collecting, the Flashback is for you.