Atari 2600: Galaxian Commercial (1983)

Last week I ran the Arcade Flyer for Galaxian. Today I was pulling out a box from the closet that contained some Atari 2600 cartridges and I found one for Galaxian. I honestly didn’t remember ever owning this…so this might be a case where in High-School I bought one of my friend’s collections and it sadly was just never put in it’s proper place.

I’ve remedied that situation this afternoon and I have to say it’s a pretty good port of the classic arcade game.

I do know for a fact I had never have seen this awesome TV commercial for the Atari 2600 home port until now! You will notice they are showing the game play from the Atari 5200.

Now let’s take a moment to check out some nice box art, for the Atari 2600 we have:

Normally the Atari 2600 and 5200 were at least similar in design, I think the 5200 wins with this artwork, if I owned a van this would be painted on the side of it.

As always a huge thanks to AtariAge for the box art and to Dig That Box RETRO for uploading the commerical over on YouTube.

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Atari 2600: Galaxian Commercial (1983)

  1. Doug says:

    Don’t feel bad, man. Quid got me several times as well.

    I always thought the Galaxian invaders were insects. Or aliens. Or alien insects. The 2600 art makes them into insect-like ships, which is really cool and adds a new dimension to the game. The 5200 art just mystifies me.

  2. @Doug I do not have the comic that came with this cartridge. I wonder if the Atari Force went against alien insects or ships? I for one also thought they were alien insects for what it is worth. :)

  3. Doug says:

    Yeah, I still do to. The 5200 image of valkyrie angels is okay, I guess, but it makes it a totally different game. I prefer to think I’m shooting insect aliens who can survive in a vacuum.

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