The successor to the failed Atari
5200, the 7800! This machine brought back compatibility with the
2600 without modification.
This machine had
the potential to suceed if it was released on time. The Atari 7800
was finished in 1984, but due to the poor timing of the sale of
Atari to the Tramiels, the 7800's were shelved, literally. Two years
later, the Tramiels took them out of stock and sold them. By that
time, Nintendo was king.