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complete and verified romset!!

compiled for the Isozone!!

this is a setup for the pc, but roms can be used in any other emulator you can think of!

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The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, released in late 1982 for $270 (USA), was the
direct follow-up to the highly successful Atari 2600 (VCS), and predecessor
of the Atari 7800 ProSystem. Atari chose to design the 5200 around
technology used in their popular Atari 400/800 8-bit computer line, but was
not directly compatible, unlike Atari's much later pastel-colored XEGS (XE
Game System) console. The similarities in hardware did allow for relatively
easy game conversions between the two systems, however, particularly when
porting from the computer line to the 5200.

The Atari 5200, as designed, was more powerful than Mattel's Intellivision
and roughly equivalent to Coleco's ColecoVision, both of which were the
2600's main competition at the time and the systems Atari had to target in
order to remain technologically competitive in the console marketplace.
Besides the unusually large size of the 5200 console, the controversial
automatic RF switch box (incompatible with many televisions of the day
without the included extra adapter) that also supplied power to the system
and the innovation of four controller ports (the Atari 800 computer also
featured four controller ports), the most notable feature of the system was
the inclusion of analog joysticks, which to the frustration of most gamers
were fragile and did not self center, but had a keypad that accepted
overlays and featured one of the first pause buttons. Part of the 5200's
girth accommodated storage for these controllers to the rear of the console,
as well as a wire wrap underneath.

Alienating a significant number of Atari 2600 users, the Atari 5200 was not
backwards compatible with the popular system, requiring the purchase of all
new software. With a lackluster initial game line-up, featuring cartridges
with versions of software like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Breakout that
were already available on other systems, there was little incentive for many
consumers to not consider the competition when thinking of upgrading or
changing consoles. With the poorly designed controllers, the few games that
were otherwise impressive technically, were difficult to control. For games
actually designed around the non-centering analog joysticks, like Atari's
own Countermeasure or Space Dungeon, the system fared much better, but
unfortunately these types of games were few and far between.

Realizing some of their mistakes, Atari released a smaller, two controller
port Atari 5200 with a standard television switch box and independent power
supply. In addition, the company released an Atari 2600 cartridge adapter to
directly address an advantage that Mattel and Coleco had for their systems.
Unfortunately, this add-on did not work with most of the 4-port 5200 models
without significant modifications to the consoles themselves.

Despite all of these set-backs, the Atari 5200 had a slow, but steady user
growth cycle. Other hardware, like the trak-ball, was well designed and
received good overall software support. The joystick holders that came with
certain games, like Robotron: 2084, were appreciated by hardcore gamers for
allowing arcade authentic simultaneous use of two joysticks. Third party
software support was limited, but there were many games in development right
up to early 1984. Unfortunately, by 1984, the console game market as a whole
was mired in the throes of the infamous videogame crash, which left no
console survivors and no software support.

After the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) revived the console industry
beginning in late 1985, in 1986, Atari chose to re-release a smaller Atari
2600 system and resurrect the fully 2600 compatible Atari 7800, which was in
development in the latter stages of the Atari 5200's short life cycle. While
slightly more advanced than the Atari 5200 in the areas of graphics and
overall system capabilities, it was a more traditional design and featured
an inferior sound processor. In late 1987, Atari released the Atari XEGS,
(named after Atari's then current XE 8-bit computer line, the successors to
the popular XL series, which superseded the original 400/800 systems) a
console-centric Atari 8-bit computer, attempting to fulfill the 5200's
unrealized potential years too late.

Today, there is a thriving Atari 5200 hobbyist community, second only to
the Atari 2600's, still creating new games. Because of the 5200's
relatively swift demise, there are also an unusually high number of
prototypes, many of which have been made available. For the modern
collector, the hardware units themselves are relatively easy to find,
but the fragile controllers are not. Further complicating matters, the
cheap controller contacts require regular cleaning, as they corrode
whether the joysticks are used a lot or simply put in storage and not used
at all. The usual fix is to open the controllers and clean the contacts
with a pencil eraser, removing what looks like black dirt (the corrosion).
Obviously, this type of cleaning can only be done a finite amount of times
before certain controller elements completely wear out or fail from the
repeated maintenance. There were rumors that if the videogame crash hadn't
taken place when it did, Atari was going to release a new generation of
self-centering 5200 controllers. Instead, third party joystick solutions,
including "y" adapters for regular Atari joysticks, and a first party
trak-ball unit, were released, but are now difficult to locate.

What one is left with when examining the life of the Atari 5200 SuperSystem
is a look at a relatively powerful game console with an interesting, if
somewhat small software library, and one of the overall worst default
mainstream controllers in the history of electronic gaming, from a company
that should have known better.

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