Atari Flashback 2+ Available For Pre-Order
By James Grahame
Atari's updated Flashback 2+ is available for pre-order on the Atari site with a free t-shirt. For those new to the party, the Flashback 2+ is a single-chip recreation of the original 2600 hardware that runs almost like the original. The controllers are modern versions of the old spasm-inducing 2600 joysticks, too. You can even attach vintage Atari paddles and other accessories.
The miniature console includes an updated collection of 42 classic 2600 games. Activision's Pitfall and River Raid, Atari Climber and Caverns of Mars were removed for licensing reasons. That left room for a new Sports Arena menu including Double Dunk, RS Boxing, RS Soccer, Super Baseball and Super Football. Several games have been updated (Lunar Lander and Yars' Return) and there's a European PAL version of the design waiting in the wings if Atari thinks the demand is there.
The truly awesome part?; The Flashback 2+ kinda supports old (and new) Atari 2600 cartridges. You'll notice that it doesn't have a cartridge slot, but if you open the case (voiding your warranty, of course) you'll discover the appropriate circuity already on the circuit board. All you have to do is cut a couple of solder traces, wire in a suitable cartridge header, and add a switch to let you select between internal games or the cart. Here's Curt Vendel's online how-to guide for the cartridge hack.
Atari Flashback 2+ Preorder Page [thanks to Jason and everyone else for emailing the news...]