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Atari 7800 (1984)

Another casualty of the pernicious video game recession, Atari’s updated machine had everything going for it with budget-priced games around $20, backwards compatibility to 2,600 titles, powerful internals, and a sleek design. Through the rough stretch, the console survived, but Nintendo’s aggressiveness to secure exclusive agreements with several third-party developers for the NES put the nail in the 7800’s mainframe. It also didn’t help that Atari re-released the console two years after the launch without any financial backing.

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