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The Atari 7800 ProSystem: just too late
the year 1983 Atari wanted to do everything better; everything they did
wrong on the 5200 SuperSystem. Atari tried to find out what the fans of
video-games expected from a new system. So they made interviews with
thousands of people to gain some ideas for their new project called 'Atari
3600'. Later it was renamed to 'Maria'.
But when the Tramiels bought Atari, something terrible happened: the 7800 was shelved, because the Tramiels wanted Atari to become a leading company in the home-computer business and they didn't see any need to build and market game-consoles!
Nearly three years later, in 1986, Nintendo and Sega were ruling the
video-game market. Atari thought that it now (!) would be the right time
to release the Atari 2600jr and the Atari 7800 ProSystem, both developed
three years ago.
It was just too late, definately!
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