Atari Anniversary Edition

Atari Anniversary Edition is a collection of classic Atari coin-op games, and was released in 2001 on the Dreamcast, PlayStation, and PC, with a smaller version in 2002 on the Game Boy Advance. The PlayStation release was in 2001 with the title Atari Anniversary Edition Redux, and it has a slightly altered game list. Also included are interviews with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, among other special features.

Atari Anniversary Edition
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North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s)Digital Eclipse[a]
Publisher(s)Infogrames[b]
Platform(s)Dreamcast
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
Game Boy Advance
ReleasePlayStation
  • NA: June 21, 2001
  • EU: March 1, 2002
Dreamcast
Windows
  • NA: July 9, 2001
  • EU: December 14, 2001
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: March 27, 2002
  • EU: February 14, 2003
Genre(s)Classic
Mode(s)Single-player

On the PC, earlier titles were Atari Arcade Hits 1, released 5 July 1999,[2] Atari Arcade Hits 2, released in 2000, and Atari Greatest Hits, also released in 2000. Atari Greatest Hits was basically both volumes of Atari Arcade Hits packaged together as a 2-CD set.[3] In 2001, this set was re-packaged in a single CD under the Atari Anniversary Edition title.[4] These releases make the original Microsoft Arcade obsolete.

The Game Boy Advance version, Atari Anniversary Advance, marked the debut of classic arcade emulation on the Game Boy Advance.

GamesEdit

The following games are included in the pack. (For games that appear on the PC, volume number indicates which separate volume of Atari Arcade Hits initially included the game):

Volume 1Edit

Games included in Atari Anniversary Edition Vol. 1
Title Original release
Asteroids 1979
Centipede 1981
Missile Command 1980
Pong 1972
Super Breakout 1978
Tempest 1981
Black Widow (PS1 only) 1982
Space Duel (PS1 only) 1982

Volume 2Edit

Games included in Atari Anniversary Edition Vol. 2
Title Original release
Asteroids Deluxe 1981
Battlezone 1980
Crystal Castles (PC and DC only) 1983
Gravitar 1982
Millipede (PC and DC only) 1982
Warlords 1980

AdvanceEdit

Atari Anniversary Advance has six of the games from Volumes 1 and 2:[5]

Games included in Atari Anniversary Advance
Title Original release
Asteroids 1979
Battlezone 1980
Centipede 1981
Missile Command 1980
Super Breakout 1978
Tempest 1981

This version also includes "Tempest Tubes", an after-market level replacement hack, and features a "Trivia Challenge", a collection of questions about Atari and its 1980s video games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff writer (2001). "Atari Anniversary Edition (Dreamcast)". Digital Eclipse. Archived from the original on 20 February 2006.
  2. ^ Bottorf, James (25 July 1999). "Nostalgia games quickly lose edge". The Burlington Free Press. 172 (206). Burlington, Vermont. p. 3E – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Ruggill, Judd E; McAllister, Ken S (27 August 2015). Tempest: Geometries of Play. University of Michigan Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-472-05269-1.
  4. ^ Lai, Shiuming (July 2003). "Review: Atari Anniversary Edition". MyAtari. Vol. 1 no. 33.
  5. ^ "Atari Anniversary Advance". IGN. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  1. ^ Additional work for the PlayStation version done by Infogrames Sheffield House.
  2. ^ The PlayStation version was released under the Atari brand name in Europe.

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