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Discuss Intellivision, Atari, Colecovision, Nintendo, and More! » The Atari Section » The Atari Forum » Atari 7800 Demise of the Console

Atari 7800 Demise of the Console

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1 Atari 7800 Demise of the Console on Thu 19 Jan 2012, 6:21 pm

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The Atari 7800 remained officially active between 1986 and 1991. On January 1, 1992, Atari Corp. formally announced that production of the Atari 7800, the Atari 2600, the Atari 8-bit computer line, and the Atari XE Game System would cease. By the time of the cancellation, Nintendo's NES dominated the North American market, controlling 80% while Atari Corp. controlled just 12%.[7]

Despite trailing the Nintendo Entertainment System in terms of number of units sold, the 7800 was a profitable enterprise for Atari Corp., benefiting largely from Atari’s name and the system's 2600 compatibility. Profits were strong owing to low investment in game development and marketing. Nonetheless, the 7800 failed to help Atari regain its dominance in the videogame industry.


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2 Re: Atari 7800 Demise of the Console on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:30 am

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Who knows, without Nintendo's infamous exclusivity agreements with game developers, 7800 could have had greater success. My opinion is that some court somewhere should have struck down those agreements as illegal, since they basically choked any real competition within the 8-bit video game sector. Funny how even though US law used to be largely against monopolistic practices, our law has recently become more tolerant of them.

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