Atari is BACK – iconic games company announces new console

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Atari has announced it is making its first games console in more than 20 years.

The iconic games company released its first games console, the 2600, back in 1977.

It went onto become the go to gaming platform before it was finally overtaken by the likes of Nintendo, Sega and Sony.

Atari consoles were home to some of the world’s most popular and now iconic early video games including Pac-Man, Asteroids, Pong and Frogger.

Earlier this month the firm teased a video which appeared to show the front of a new games console.

“We’re back in the hardware business,” Atari’s chief executive Fred Chesnais told VentureBeat.

The new console will be called the Atari Box and runs on PC technology which suggests it could be used as an emulator to run classic Atari games.

Apart from that, Atari has not released any other details of the new console but some are speculating it could be similar to Nintendo’s Mini Classic.

The Mini Classic, which was launched last year, is a miniature version of the NES, Nintendo’s classic games console which first launched in 1986.

The Classic Mini can be plugged into a TV and comes preloaded with 32 classic games which can be played in HD. Some of the titles include Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Kirby’s Adventure.

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