Go retro with these new budget-friendly video game systems

The Blast! series of retro gaming systems connects via HDMI to your television. The Blast! series of retro gaming systems connects via HDMI to your television. ATGAMES

Retro video gamers will soon have new gaming option that won't break the bank in Blast!, AtGames Digital Media's new family of products.

The Blast! series of HDMI dongle and wireless controller bundles features between eight and 20 classic titles per model.

“This upcoming range of products represents an unprecedented value for families and gamers of all types,” says Dr. Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames.  “With a wide selection of innovative, expandable HDMI dongle and wireless controller products with fun-to-play games of every type, there’s truly something here for everyone.”

The new line includes the Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 1, Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 2, Activision Flashback Blast!, Legends Flashback Blast!, and Bandai Namco Flashback Blast!.  All of them come with a USB-powered HDMI dongle that plugs directly into the TV and an ergonomic six-button wireless gamepad.  The Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 3 swaps the wireless gamepad for a pair of wireless game paddles, which are specially optimized for its selection of classic paddle and ball games.

Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 1 features 20 Atari 2600 classics such as Centipede, Millipede, and Yars’ Revenge. Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 2 features 20 Atari 2600 classics like Adventure, Asteroids, and Missile Command. Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 3. features 20 Atari 2600 paddle-based classics like Breakout, Pong, and Warlords. The Activision Flashback Blast! features 20 of the most iconic Activision home classics, including Pitfall!, H.E.R.O., and River Raid. The Legends Flashback Blast! features Space Invaders and an additional 11 favorites like Burnin’ Rubber and Jungle Hunt. The Bandai Namco Flashback Blast! features eight arcade mainstays, including Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug.

Every Blast! device includes high-definition video output, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, as well as the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep.  AtGames will be offfering an optional second wireless gamepad for games that support two players.  The second gamepad is an additional purchase.

Blast! family products retail for $19.99-$39.99 and will be available at major U.S. and Canada retailers on Oct. 1, 2018.

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