Atari XP Announces First Three Physical 2600 Cartridge Releases

Publisher Atari XP has announced the first three games to receive a physical 2600 cartridge release under the new brand: Yars’ Return, Saboteur, and Aquaventure.

Standard, cart-only versions of the games will cost $49.99, while limited edition versions of the games will cost quite a bit more – $149.99. The limited editions will include “premium packaging” and multiple extras for diehard Atari collectors… like Ferg.

Atari XP was created to publish collectible, physical releases of both never-released and rare Atari games from the 1970s and 1980s. These can include the following:

  • Games that were completed but never received an official release, or were only released in very limited quantities.
  • Games for which physical media has become extremely rare, and therefore hard to find.
  • A wide variety of classic games that would benefit from small improvements to graphic rendering on modern devices and the smoothness and accuracy of controls. These games will be carefully ‘reconditioned’ and then re-released.

The name Atari XP was adopted “as a tribute to the Atari Program Exchange (APX), which sold software through a mail order catalog in the 1970s and 1980s.”

You can preorder the first three games at the Atari XP website here, with shipment of the standard edition expected to begin in December and the limited editions later in 2022. For the record, $50 in $1980 is roughly $170 today, adjusted for inflation (or approximately $25 Bison dollars).

It should also be noted that Yars’ Return is not a long-lost sequel to Yars’ Revenge by series creator Howard Scott Warshaw, but rather a newer game programmed by the late Curt Vendel.

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