Atari XE Game System review





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Published on Apr 14, 2012

The XE Game System was the last and most stylish member of Atari's 8-bit line of computers -- and was marketed as a video game console, to get it into stores like K-mart and Toys-R-Us which had stopped selling computers by 1987, but were now selling massive amounts of video game systems. It also helped Atari to sell off a large inventory of old 8-bit computer games, on which they put "Plays on XE Game System" stickers.

But alas, even with a light gun, the XEGS was no match to compete with the NES or Sega Master System, and only ended up splintering Atari's distant third place in the video game market, which it now had to share with the 7800 and re-released 2600 "Jr.". Nonetheless, Atari did release new games for the XEGS through 1989, which were backwards-compatible with their older 8-bit computers like the 800XL.

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