Atari Flashback 4 Review: An Armchair Arcade Exclusive Video Review

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In this video, I take an exclusive early look at the Atari Flashback 4 from AtGames, which will be released in the US in time for the holidays. This is part 1. Part 2, which will be released a week or so after, will feature more live footage to get an even better sense of the quality of the system and its capabilities. Look for part 1 of 2 of Armchair Arcade's next exclusive video review, coming soon, on several new Sega-related products from AtGames, which will also be released in time for the US holiday season.

Download the video here.

Disclosure: Bill Loguidice provided unpaid consulting services to AtGames during the creation of this product. This consulting was related to product performance and marketing feedback, but did not involve anything related specifically to its engineering or production. All review units were provided by AtGames.

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Rob Daviau
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Hmmmm

Atgames? I haven't watched yet but have not been impressed with Atgames to date, here's hoping!

Bill I look forward to watching as I trust your opinion, I will say I was not expecting a Flashback 4!

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Agreed, but they've long since turned the corner
Rob Daviau wrote:

Atgames? I haven't watched yet but have not been impressed with Atgames to date, here's hoping!

I'll let the cat out of the bag with the upcoming Sega system (console and portable) reviews. They nailed those. They did a great job on this latest Atari one as well, though it's still not quite the same level of quality that the 2600-on-a-chip achieved in the Flashback 2.

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When you played Asteroids it

When you played Asteroids it was the 2600 version, However what looked like the arcade version was on the screen, in the background. Are there arcade versions on there also...or did I miss it when you spoke about them?

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TripHamer wrote:

When you played Asteroids it was the 2600 version, However what looked like the arcade version was on the screen, in the background. Are there arcade versions on there also...or did I miss it when you spoke about them?

I had captioned that in the video because I thought it might be a bit unclear. I had the Atari Anthology for the original Xbox running on the TV, and a regular Atari emulator running on the arcade machine. It was really just for ambiance. I did something similar with the forthcoming Sega video. Sadly, I don't do these enough to work out all the kinks in my ideas, and that was something I probably should have reconsidered. I'm particularly disappointed that the video capture was so glitchy. It was glitchy with the Sega stuff, too. I have HD capture nailed with the latest capture hardware, it's classic systems I'm having trouble with these days since they don't support them.

Other than the new version of Space Invaders, the 74 other games on the Atari Flashback 4 are all Atari 2600 games.

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Matt Barton
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Great job, Bill! I think

Great job, Bill! I think you've just about convinced me to buy one of these!

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Bill...

same question i asked an age ok about the Flashback 3 i think!
Do you know if At have any plans to release the console in the UK?
The Flashback 3 was very difficult to obtain here but it was possible.
Many thanks.

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I'll see what I can find out

I'll see what I can find out about a UK release. As far as I know, this is going to be North America only.

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Interesting video Bill. Could

Interesting video Bill. Could be improved a wee bit by shortening the pauses between bits but a nice job. Having Atari Anniversary on in the background might mislead some people.

WIll be interested in seeing part 2 though for now I'm happy with my woody and Harmony cart.

However that Space Invaders game looks quite nice......a 7800 homebrew effort?

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davyK wrote:

Interesting video Bill. Could be improved a wee bit by shortening the pauses between bits but a nice job. Having Atari Anniversary on in the background might mislead some people.

Yeah, I ran out of editing time and had issues with the old capture device. The Sega review sadly will have the same issues.

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However that Space Invaders game looks quite nice......a 7800 homebrew effort?

No, it's a new creation special for this device. For some reason, Taito requested it as part of the licensing deal, even though the other games were left alone.

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Space Invaders
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davyK wrote:

However that Space Invaders game looks quite nice......a 7800 homebrew effort?

No, it's a new creation special for this device. For some reason, Taito requested it as part of the licensing deal, even though the other games were left alone.

Even better. That's actually pretty cool. But of course knowing that only fuels the fire for more. Space Invaders pt.2 is a far superior game and sadly is rarely included in compilations.

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