Born in 1982The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, better known as the Atari 5200 was introduced in 1982 by Atari as a higher end console for the popular Atari 2600. The 5200 was created to compete with the Intellivision realease soon before its own.
The 5200 was based on Atari 2600 and the internal hardware was almost identical, although software was not directly compatible between the two systems. The 5200's controllers have an analog joystick and an numeric keypad along with start, pause and reset buttons. The 360-degree non-centering joystick was touted as offering more control than the eight-way joystick controller offered with the Atari 2600.
The Atari 5200 did not fare well commercially, compared to its predecessor, the Atari 2600. Whist it touted superior graphics to the 2600, many of the 5200's games appeared simply as updated versions of 2600 titles, which failed to excite consumers.