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Discuss Intellivision, Atari, Colecovision, Nintendo, and More! » The Atari Section » The Atari Forum » Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's?

Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's?

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1 Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Wed 18 Jul 2012, 7:10 pm

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I remember seeing them in stores in the late 80's, but did not get mine until about two years ago. Did any others here get one new, and how did you justify it against mighty NES and Genesis?

As an aside, was there a time when 7800 systems and games were being clearanced for dirt cheap at Toys r Us and Kay-Bee? I certainly do not remember seeing this in my area.

2 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Wed 18 Jul 2012, 8:01 pm

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I have only owned a 7800 for a few years.

I remember Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 being discounted at Bargain City and Kmart but not much else.

Anybody else own new?

3 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 19 Jul 2012, 1:20 am

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I got the 7800 as soon as it was released. Loved how it offered superb graphics of classic arcade games and had backward compatibility with 2600 games!


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4 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 19 Jul 2012, 7:06 pm

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TrekMD wrote:I got the 7800 as soon as it was released.

So, around 1986? What was the retail price at that time for the system?

5 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 19 Jul 2012, 7:07 pm

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Dang if I remember! All I know is that I saved for it and got it. Smile


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6 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:11 pm

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Someone did a bar graph about console prices from 1976 - 2006. I printed them out and put with my game lists but I did not print out who did this. They also did a relative console prices.

Example 1986: 7800 new for $140.00 - prices in 2006 dollars $255.22

Not sure if the prices are correct but from about Genesis on they seem to be with in about a few dollars of what I paid for mine.

7 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:12 pm

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Thanks for posting the price, onthinice!


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8 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:20 pm

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Well if I can figure out how to post pictures. I would put it up.

9 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:21 pm

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onthinice wrote:Well if I can figure out how to post pictures. I would put it up.

You have to have the pictures hosted somewhere (Picasa or any other online picture service) so you can add a link to the image.


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10 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:22 pm

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I thought so but was not sure.

11 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:23 pm

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Now you know. Smile


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12 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 5:53 pm

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Knowing is half the battle! Laughing

13 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 7:50 pm

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Are you certain that pictures cannot be directly uploaded to Retro Gaming Revolution server from one's hard drive?

14 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 8:02 pm

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You can host them here, I just discovered. You upload the image, copy the URL, and then you use the image icon to get the proper HTML code for the image. The picture I'm posting here was done using that process.


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15 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 8:22 pm

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Something I have seen with photo hosting sites is what happens if the server goes down or the pictures somehow get wiped off the server. It leaves blank holes in forum posts that are not pleasant to look at.

16 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Fri 20 Jul 2012, 8:24 pm

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sloan wrote:Something I have seen with photo hosting sites is what happens if the server goes down or the pictures somehow get wiped off the server. It leaves blank holes in forum posts that are not pleasant to look at.

Oh yes, I'm familiar with those "white holes."


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17 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Sat 21 Jul 2012, 12:01 pm

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I will try again. Thank you both!

18 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Sat 21 Jul 2012, 12:24 pm

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Looks like you did it!


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19 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Sat 21 Jul 2012, 12:27 pm

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Thanks! I am like a dog chasing a car tire. Once one gets it not what do I do with it. Laughing

20 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 11:22 pm

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Some of those console prices are pretty high!


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21 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Mon 23 Jul 2012, 12:04 am

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When you think about what folks were earning back in the Late 70's and early 80's. It is kinda of mind blowing that some of them sold as well as they did.

22 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 2:49 pm

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So, this was about the 7800. What other consoles did you guy have in the 80's? I only had the 2600 and the 7800. The other systems I have, I got later.


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23 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 7:22 pm

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onthinice wrote:When you think about what folks were earning back in the Late 70's and early 80's. It is kinda of mind blowing that some of them sold as well as they did.

My family was poor, no doubt about it. VCS hit shelves fall of 1977, and I finally weaseled one from my dad for Christmas 1981. Four years after the fact, I finally got Atari. I remember going to my uncle's house (he always got the latest gadgets) for Christmas of 1977 and watching them play their new VCS. They had pinball, and Asteroids, and I longed to play. No dice. I was 12, old enough to do it no harm, but they did not let me play their new Atari. When I finally got my own 4 long years later, I savored it.

24 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 7:28 pm

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sloan wrote:
onthinice wrote:When you think about what folks were earning back in the Late 70's and early 80's. It is kinda of mind blowing that some of them sold as well as they did.

My family was poor, no doubt about it. VCS hit shelves fall of 1977, and I finally weaseled one from my dad for Christmas 1981. Four years after the fact, I finally got Atari. I remember going to my uncle's house (he always got the latest gadgets) for Christmas of 1977 and watching them play their new VCS. They had pinball, and Asteroids, and I longed to play. No dice. I was 12, old enough to do it no harm, but they did not let me play their new Atari. When I finally got my own 4 long years later, I savored it.

Oh, it was not easy for my dad to get me one either. I got mine in 1980 but I enjoyed every minute of it and still do to this day. Smile


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25 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 9:08 pm

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I had an Odyssey 2 and later about 1982 got an Atari 2600. Only ever had a few games. Later I got Star Wars Empire Strikes Back and that used to be a favorite.

I know my parents talked about making $2.85 an hour in the 1970's. So I am not sure how we ever had any game system. Yet alone the games to play on one.

26 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 10:53 pm

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We were poor, but my brother and I would scrape where we could to get VCS games. I actually had amassed about 30 games by the time of the "crash".

27 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Thu 02 Aug 2012, 11:02 pm

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I never knew how many games were actually released for the 2600 until much later.

But if you and your brother would have been on my street you would have been considered rich kids back then! That is very cool! You at least got to experience a good number of games when they were still new.

28 Re: Did you have a 7800 back in the 80's? on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 12:29 am

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Sounds like we all had some challenges getting not only the consoles but the games as well. Remarkable how much these systems have stayed with us for so many years. Probably the reason is that it was not easy for us to get them and they were fun to play with!


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