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Infogrames Ships Their First GBA Game

by Thomas on March 26, 2002 @ 5:29 p.m. PST

Infogrames, Inc. today shipped its first game for the hot Nintendo Game Boy Advance handheld video game system: Atari Anniversary Advance. The Game Pak contains six of the most recognized Atari arcade games of all time. Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout and Tempest are all emulated down to the last detail. The games are so authentically recreated that they retain the small program glitches and bugs that arcade aces learned to exploit in the golden age of arcades.


"Practically everyone between the ages of 25 and 45 remembers these great games from the arcades, corner stores and bowling alleys they inhabited in the late '70s and early '80s,'' said Steve Arthur, director of brand marketing for Infogrames' Beverly studio. "Atari Anniversary Advance is like a step back in time to the very beginning of the video game revolution, and players of all ages will appreciate the timeless, solid game play that these six games still offer. For the real retro Atari fans, we've added something extra too: an Atari Trivia Challenge that tests a player's expertise on the games in the collection and general Atari history."

The games on Atari Anniversary Advance represent some of the most fan- beloved arcade games released by Atari between 1978 and 1980. Many examples of the coin-op machines, from which the game program code for Atari Anniversary Advance was obtained, survive in arcades to this day and still command legions of fans based on their graphically simple presentation but masterfully balanced game play.

While Atari Anniversary Advance has a decidedly nostalgic twist, it also features two entirely new features. Three of the games in Atari Anniversary Advance (Centipede, Super Breakout and Tempest) offer the option of rotating the Game Boy Advance handheld 90 degrees, which allows the player to play the games in their original arcade vertical orientation and takes advantage of all of the Game Boy Advance's screen. The bonus Atari Trivia Challenge presents the player with 20 random multiple-choice questions from a pool of 75 questions on Atari games and history. The player must not only choose the correct answer but also respond as quickly as possible to maximize their points.

Atari Anniversary Advance was developed for Infogrames by experienced developer Digital Eclipse, is rated 'E' for Everyone and carries a recommended retail price of $29.99.

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