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1982 - 2nd generation system
The Atari 5200, also known as the Atari 5200 SuperSystem, is a home video game console that was developed and produced by Atari, Inc. It was released in 1982 as a successor to the Atari 2600. The Atari 5200 was designed to be a more advanced gaming system than the Atari 2600, with improved graphics and sound capabilities. It featured a built-in joystick controller with a numeric keypad, and it was also compatible with the Atari 2600's joystick controllers. The console was powered by the Atari 8-bit computer family chipset, which allowed for more advanced games with better graphics and sound than the Atari 2600. It also had the ability to save game progress with a built-in memory module, and it had a built-in TV switchbox, allowing it to connect directly to a television. The Atari 5200 had a library of around 50 games, some of them were games from Atari 2600, but with improved graphics and sound, and others were new games that were specifically developed for the Atari 5200. Some of the most popular games for the Atari 5200 include Defender, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders. However, the Atari 5200 had a short lifespan and it was discontinued in 1984, due to its high price, its lack of compatibility with the Atari 2600 and its controllers that were not very well designed. It should be noted that while the Atari 5200 was not as successful as the Atari 2600, it still had a small following of fans and some of its games are considered classic. Some popular games for the Atari 5200 include: Space Invaders, Missile Command, Tempest, Asteroids, Centipede, Pac-Man, Defender, Berzerk, Super Breakout, Robotron: 2084, Note: Some of the games were released on Atari 5200 as ports from Atari 2600, so the quality and gameplay may vary.