The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, commonly known as the Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by Atari Inc. as a higher end complementary console for the popular Atari 2600. The 5200 was created to compete with the Intellivision, but wound up more directly competing with the ColecoVision shortly after its release.
In November 1982 Atari released its newest and most powerful home video game console, originally shown as The Atari Video System X (VSX) the Atari 5200 was born. With state of the art technology brought over from the Atari 400/800 computer systems the Atari 5200 packed a mean punch and came in a really mean looking case as well. The Atari 5200 represented a pushing of the envelope in video game systems. With START, PAUSE and RESET buttons on its all new controllers, Atari was hoping to give its gamers the best it could offer.
Many people thought the Atari 5200 was Atari's answer to the Colecovision, however the Atari 5200 was meant to be the Intellivision killer. Intellivision always boasted about its 16 position controller versus Atari's 8 position so Atari fired back with a full 360 degree speed sensitive joystick which whilest highly innovative, had several flaws such as they did not self-center and the firing buttons were soft rubber making them difficult to use.
The Atari 5200 suffered because of it, despite the system having a very nice sized library of games coming out for it, and outsold its new competitor - the Colecovision. However Great Videogame Crash did in the Atari 5200 before it even had a chance to reach its full potential. Besides, Atari had a trump card up its sleeve to fix the Atari 5200 problem... The Atari 7800.
Manufacturer Atari Inc.
Type Video game console
Generation Second generation
Retail availability November 1982 (United States/Canada)
Discontinued May 1984
Media ROM cartridge
CPU MOS 6502C @ 1.79 MHz
Controller input Joystick
Predecessor Atari 2600
Successor Atari 7800
Our model has a serial number of 0164472 SV-452
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