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Atari had planned many new peripherals for the 7800 in 1984, but when Warner
sold Atari to Jack Tramiel, it spelt the death knell for the system.
Only a a couple of the peripherals were eventually launched after the 7800's
release over 2 years later in 1986.
The Pro-Line joystick was the
next generation video game controller from Atari for the
7800 Pro System (it was also launched as a peripheral for
the XL line of computers). Although it was a big
improvement over the 5200 controller, nothing had yet been
able to replace the CX-40 for comfort, popularity and
The G1 light gun was released
in 1987, and it is unclear why the unit was marketed using
an orange design, as this is not in keeping with the black
colouring of the 2600 and 7800. This was in direct
response to the shooting games which had become popular on
the Nintendo Entertainment System (Nintendo called their
pack-in shooting game Duck Hunt, and Atari's pack-in game
was called Bug Hunt!).
Now, this was just a little
too blatant, but these were the Nintendo-like-controllers
that shipped with the 7800 in Europe. Nicer looking
than the Nintendo Joypad, they are very common in Europe,
but rarely seen in their official packaging.
Ironically, when Nintendo showed their system to Atari in
1983 hoping for a licensing agreement, Atari remarked that
there were no joysticks, and Atari couldn't sell a video
game system without joysticks...
The High-Score Cartridge
(CX-78HSC) was released in 2000 by the Atari Historical
Society. Curt Vendel and Gary Rubino were able to
retrieve a copy of the old GCC schematic drawings for the
device, which was due to be released in 1984 with the
other officially planned 7800 peripherals. You can
learn more about this device by visiting the official
Hi-Score web pages