Atari is releasing three lost retro games as cartridges

Yars' return package

Yars’ Return comes to physical media.


Atari brings a trio of super rare retro games into physical form. Aquaventure, Saboteur and Yars’ Return will be available on Atari 2600 cartridges and come in beautiful 80s-style packaging.

You will be able to choose from $ 50 standard editions that include only the cartridge, or superfancy $ 150 limited editions. The latter includes the cartridge, a premium poster, a printed instruction manual with bonus material, a collection pin and badge, a certificate of authenticity and a digital copy of the game that can be played on Atari VCS.

Only 1,983 copies of each limited edition cassette will be made in honor of the year in which these games would have been released if the video game crash had not wiped out the market.

Pre-orders open on Tuesday. Orders for standard editions made before December 10 should be delivered before Christmas, while limited editions are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2022.

The releases mark the launch of Atari XP, an initiative to bring rare and never-released Atari games to market. The cartridges are made from all new parts and materials, with beveled edges to prevent pin damage, gold-plated connectors and identical power supply to the originals, the company noted in a release.

Future Atari XP drops will include previously unreleased games, rare Atari physical media, and enhanced versions of classic games with refined mechanics and graphics.

“With our large catalog of classic games, we saw an opportunity to bring high-value nostalgic content to the very active community of hardcore Atari fans, collectors and video game enthusiasts,” Atari CEO Wade Rosen said in a release. “We are confident that both fans and collectors will be deeply impressed by Atari’s resurgence in cartridge production.”

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