Atari 2600 Beginners BUYING GUIDE & Best Games

A collecting guide for the new Atari 2600 owner! Learn about the hardware variations, how to connect to your TV, controller types and also some rockin’ game recommendations for day 1.

Games Shown:
Joust
Pitfall II
Millipede
River Raid
Warlords
Berzerk
Pac-Man Jr
HERO
Space Rocks
Atlantis

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50 Comments

  1. Grace on December 21, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Berserk is addictive! I recently bought an Atari second-hand. I had friends that had them when I was a kid, but my system at home was the NES. Playing my Atari on a 1985 RCA TV that is in pristine condition for its age. My ugly flatscreen TV mostly stays unplugged these days 😂

  2. B McA on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Pitfall2 and hero were my favourite atari games they were the last games I got for the 2600 I moved onto home computers after that the Activision games were usually better

  3. Breakfast of Champions on December 21, 2019 at 1:31 am

    It’s a good game if it’s from Imagic.

  4. ItzMeDabbingAgain on December 21, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I would want to compare this to a modern console e.g PS4 pro or something

  5. Kevin B on December 21, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Et

  6. David Siebert on December 21, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Actually, there was a third controller which was the keyboard controller that was used with the Basic Cartrage with an overlay.

  7. Big Bossman on December 21, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Some of my favorite Atari 2600 games are: Fast Food, No Escape, Kangaroo, Gopher, Squeeze Box, Entombed, Moon Patrol, Cosmic Ark, Missile Command, Galaxian, Phoenix, Cosmic Creeps, Journey Escape, & Circus Atari.

  8. whitma99 on December 21, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Can’t believe u didn’t mention defender

  9. Guy Ferrante on December 21, 2019 at 1:37 am

    What no space invaders? It’s a must have

  10. Romulan112 on December 21, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I don’t remember the 2600 being any good of a system. It was our first and only system in the late 70’s. It was fun at first. I bought like over 35 games for it, most costing $25 each. That was a lot back then. Our favorites were: Ms Pacman, River Run, and asteroids. Over all, it was a waste of money being that the games I purchased were no comparison to the Arcade games that were out there. I think the system had like 2 K of RAM. The Colecovision my brother got was much better along with subsequent Nintendo and later Super Nintendo. I never bought anything past the 2600. My brothers bought their systems and I played a bit with them. I remember the Coleco having a sucky joystick. I originally was going to buy an Atari 5200 but what stopped me was the joystick for that system sucked, so I ended up not purchasing it. I really like the Kanagaroo and Joust for the 5200.

  11. Dhiyo U on December 21, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Can it run crysis?

  12. Atheist Leopard on December 21, 2019 at 1:39 am

    spiderman was fun, my dad plays it lol

  13. Cartoonguy Gaming on December 21, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I’d have to recommend Adventure, Haunted House, Breakout, realsports volleyball, and Crackpots

  14. baronr33 on December 21, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Joust, tapeworm, and starmaster were my faves. would love to own them again. Thanks for such a great video!

  15. Steve Sloan on December 21, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Oh, but there was also the Atari Roller Controller. It was the only way to win Xvious and solaris!

  16. Io Parlo Italiano! on December 21, 2019 at 1:45 am

    I will take you out on Yar’s Revenge. 😎🖕

  17. Grim's Retro Life Style on December 21, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Berzerk is amazing!!!

  18. Eduardo Bonifaz on December 21, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I really love my atari 2600 as a 50 year old guy Im an oldschool ganer, its awesome! My &avorite game. Robot Tank. A must for a collector

  19. Randall Jennings on December 21, 2019 at 1:56 am

    There was also a Driving (paddle) for Indy 500

  20. bottle2lip on December 21, 2019 at 1:56 am

    i found one in my dads storage,classic faux wood look 2600. i had forgotten about, it was my older sisters in early 80s and remember playing it when i lived in louisana at time as a little kid, not an awful lot of games in the plastic bin it was in, all loose, 8 games, two joysticks, and RF adaptor stored with it. SADLY doesn’t appear to work anymore. So took it home, and hooked it up to an older JVC crt TV i had sitting in loft, that works fine, so not a tv problem. I’m Thinking it has mold damage in console. When we had moved from Louisiana, to over seas in 1989, we had left quite a few items, like old couch, random items, and this Atari, it seems the storage unit we left these items in temporarily, was poorly climate controlled, and many items had mold damage. It SMELLs like MOLD bad….that or the RF adaptor is broken. One of these days ill get it fixed. On top of that the joysticks are stiff, and dont rotate well….not a problem, i have plenty of sega genesis gamepads to plug in.

  21. Heckbob on December 21, 2019 at 1:56 am

    i have a four switch

  22. Doctorwhofan 63 on December 21, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I have the Darth Vader model. Tonight I played pac man. Its hard on the 2600.

  23. Ben Murphy on December 21, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I just found a 2600 for free!

  24. Johnnyfalcon613 on December 21, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Cosmic Ark

  25. Gay Foster on December 21, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I want one I love them can I tell me to get it from

  26. Tom Burke on December 21, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Nice video. Informative. Easy to watch. Was recently given a dusty old box with a 2600, sticky glitchy joy sticks and paddles, and a bunch of cartridges. And I’m telling you … PONG still rules with the 40 – 70 set. With a little practice, anyone can play it. And it gets hilarious! Setting up a pot luck/Pong tournament soon at my house. So many people just light up when I tell about rediscovering Pong and Pac-Man. You were a little hard on Pac-Man, but you weren’t lying either. Ms Pac-Man and Pac-Man Jr. might make it to my living room, too, but otherwise we oldsters don’t have a lot of gaming time anymore. Keeping it simple. Having some fun! Thanks for the history and game suggestions.

    About the hookup, because I just did this: If the television is a true television with a tuner and a coax connector input, the Atari will connect. I disagree with the video, it’s better to figure out the interface than to buy a clunky old cathode ray tv. I literally had to turn on the 2600, connect, run a game, and then have my television auto scan for analog signals … of which it found ONE, my Atari. So now I go to the appropriate input, which will be "Cable," "Antenna," or something 1990s appropriate, and an active Atari is all that’s out there to be seen. If it’s just a tv monitor with no tuner, go to a thrift store, pick up an old VCR with a tuner in it, and connect to the monitor through that ensuring you use the Ch 3 or 4 criteria. The VCR has a smaller footprint if from the 1990s. AND … if you’re really retro, you’ll put a black piece of electrical tape over the blinking clock. Yes, the struggles were real. GAME ON!!!

  27. Michael Commiso on December 21, 2019 at 1:59 am

    that guy looks like the guy on Tim The Tool Man show

  28. ben bishop on December 21, 2019 at 2:00 am

    My fave was Bi Plane in clouds

  29. Stephen T. Gordon on December 21, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Spider Fighter!

  30. Cartoonguy Gaming on December 21, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I used to play River Raid endlessly but couldn’t remember the name of it. Thanks for covering it and reminding me of it!

  31. paul fat bastard on December 21, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Smurf
    Spider fighter
    Demon attack
    Stampede
    Zaxxon
    Yars revenge
    Kangaroo
    Phoenix
    Moon patrol
    Frogger

  32. Mixtapes Forever Rafael Zapata on December 21, 2019 at 2:09 am

    good video thanks

  33. Blackmoore_AJPW82 on December 21, 2019 at 2:10 am

    H.E.R.O. came out in March of 1984, I played it quite a bit when I got an Atari 2600 in ’86 🙂

  34. Gordon Shumway on December 21, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Atari Mario never gets any love.

  35. Sloe Bone on December 21, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Adventure, Space Invaders, Missile Command, Asteroids, everything by Activision…. Skiing, Boxing, Stamping, Dragster, Barn Storming, KaBoom, Pitfall…. they’re all essentials!

  36. whitma99 on December 21, 2019 at 2:14 am

    River raid was the number 1 game for sure

  37. Travis Ruston on December 21, 2019 at 2:14 am

    I feel bad for the French since Atari 2600 awesomeness can’t exist on their systems due to awful SECAM conversion. 120 colors on the NTSC 2600, 8 on the SECAM models. Makes games like Adventure almost unplayable.

  38. Colin M on December 21, 2019 at 2:15 am

    2019 anyone?

  39. KLM817 on December 21, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Nice to see some love for the 2600. I got mine Christmas in 1983 and got the Pac-Man game which I spent many hours playing. I would say my favorite games for the 2600 would be Pitfall, Yars Revenge, and Missle Command. I still have my 2600 and all of my games.

  40. Robert Davidson on December 21, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Every and I mean every game long hairy chooses I love and can’t do without. Every one from baseball capy I can live without or never played. Well done long hairy

  41. uziXwraith on December 21, 2019 at 2:17 am

    no… starwars????!?!?!@?!??! NO SPIDERMAN?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!! NO POPEYE!??!?@!?!?!!!!! popeye is basically a skinned donkey kong tho…

  42. Peter Filippone on December 21, 2019 at 2:18 am

    some of my lesser known favorites: Dodgem, Slot Racers, Surround, Mini Golf

  43. edgewaterz on December 21, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Dumb question but what do you mean by an "old school TV"? Just not HD?

  44. dannyboots on December 21, 2019 at 2:19 am

    E.T. was the best game

  45. Cartoonguy Gaming on December 21, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I’m kinda disappointed that they never ported major havoc to the 2600/7800

  46. donald Smith on December 21, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Huge help. I’m going to start collecting for this system.

  47. Spanish Ginger on December 21, 2019 at 2:21 am

    I found donkey Kong and donkey Kong jr for Atari from yard sales. If you happen to know about these versions what are your thoughts on them?

  48. Ronnie Roberts on December 21, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Beanie Bopper and Fast Eddie…very simple, yet I played the Hell out of those two back in the day!

  49. Robert Evans on December 21, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Sears Also Had Thier Own 2600 Version Also.

  50. sethsassy on December 21, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Atlantis was my favorite too! Back in about 1985 I spent all summer playing it

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