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Atari Is Releasing Their Own Version Of The NES/SNES Mini

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While Nintendo has been the lasting name for video games consoles we grew up playing, there are plenty of us old enough to remember when Atari was the brand to beat in the console wars.

The company has certainly struggled in recent years, but thanks to the popularity of all things nostalgic, it looks like they're aiming to make a comeback. At E3 back in June, Atari teased their new "Ataribox," which would be their first console since the Atari Jaguar came off the market in 1996. The problem was their teaser video was almost too vague, leaving everyone confused about what the Ataribox was, and whether it was even real.

Just over a month later, they're finally starting to release more details about what the Ataribox is supposed to be. In a nutshell, Atari wants to make their own version of Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic Minis, but hopefully without the mistakes/frustration seen in the wake of the NES Classic Mini's release.

In their announcement email, Atari says that “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” The Ataribox will be available in two different versions. The one in the above image is an obvious throwback to the Atari 2600, complete with faux-wood paneling on the front. The second version goes for a more modern aesthetic where the wood is replaced by an almost blindingly bright red.

For more details about the Ataribox, and some of the games we might see on it, check out the next page

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