The Atari 7800 is a home video game console that was released in 1986 by Atari Corporation. It was designed to be a direct competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System and was an attempt to revive Atari’s faltering home console business.
The Atari 7800 featured a sleek, modern design and came with two joystick controllers. It was backward-compatible with the Atari 2600, which meant that it could play most of the games that were released for the older console. It also had improved graphics and sound capabilities compared to its predecessor, the Atari 5200.
Despite the improved hardware and backward compatibility, the Atari 7800 did not achieve the commercial success that Atari had hoped for. The console’s launch was delayed due to legal issues, and it faced stiff competition from the already-established Nintendo and Sega consoles.
The Atari 7800 was discontinued in 1992, and only around 4 million units were sold during its lifespan. However, it remains a cult classic among retro gaming enthusiasts, and some of its games, such as Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Donkey Kong, are still highly regarded today.