AVGN: Atari 5200

Mike Matei / February 13th, 2007

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Episode notes by Mike Matei:
- In episode 20 AVGN talks about the Atari 5200.
- This is the first review of a game console and the first episode to appear on Gametrailers.

Funny Quotes:
Look at how huge this beast is, it’s ginormous! And why is there a door on it? Is this a video game console, or a closet? Even the AC Adapter weighs a million tons.

Comments

  • lilleplutt

    April 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

    wow first to comment, nice:)

  • 8bitdude

    May 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    i saw the commercial when i was a kid ‘and it doesnt work on colecovision’ yeah but coleco were smart enough to realize that the 5200 was going to be a complete failure.

  • May 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Haha I’ve always loved the “FUCK!” at the end! A Great review

  • ultimate650

    June 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    love this one

  • pariah79

    June 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Ok I laughed more for that than anything else so far. Makes me want to break out my Atari 400, I’d break out the 800 but that lost its power cord years ago, funny thing is the power cord was hard wired into the system.

  • musicintrees

    June 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    lol that wuz funny

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    yes, it’s one of the funniest reviews :D
    because humour here represents the real everyday problems, that we use to have, while tried to play out shitty consoles with shitty controllers. ehhh… nostalgia ^_^

  • July 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I liked the use of Blaster Master and Donkey Kong country music.I also liked the way you kept hurting your self,but the highlight of the episode is where you bought this other controller and you realize it won’t fit and then you yell FUCK!!!!!

  • kamakazi geek

    July 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    6:35
    i love that tune
    but i hated the 5200 it was shit

  • Stryker1500

    July 13, 2010 at 12:08 am

    “On an old piece of shit like that” That’s the happiest I’ve ever seen the nerd.

  • Fantasy Forest

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Great review…I think my favorite part was hearing the Metroid ‘get’ music at the very end. You rock James!

  • Darky

    August 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This is my favourite Nerd video. Apart from maybe TMNT III, or even James and Mike playing the Odyssey.

  • Ðèâ†h (®vß) Hâ¥âßµšâ

    August 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Even though I never noticed it until now, at 9:58, next to the controller name or whatever, it say’s “works fucking better”, It couldn’t even properly fit into the damn fatass beast, Those greedy, assblowing, anal sucking, dick slapping, cockamamie, butt fucking, cow humping transvestites.

  • SaveGame

    September 10, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    When I first saw this video (like all Nerd vids) I laughed my ass off and I laughed more when I noticed when you were trying to hook up the TV there was a back to the future refrence sorta and I had to pause the movie until I could catch my breath (and the same thing happened on Dracula on “Fred Fuchs”)

  • October 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Love this review, one of my personal favorites along with many of the other console reviews. One thing I’ve always wondered is if the trackball controller really doesn’t work, or if James simply added that part for comedic value. The only reason I ask is that after repeated views, I noticed during the segment right after James says “does it work, well does it?” and it cuts to footage of the breakout paddle fidgeting back and forth, you can hear in the background what sort of sounds like someone rocking the trackball back and forth to “create” that fidgety movement. the sound even stops for a brief second when the paddle stops on screen. If I’m wrong, please correct me. If not, I think its kind of cool to catch something behind the scenes like that. Great review James! keep it up.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This is my favorite episode on a console because of how truely awfull of a mess the Atari 5200 really is.

    Love the Back to the Future refference. =)

    I agree with the end label thing, because I like to be VERY organized.

    I love your reaction to the track-ball controller. Very AVGN.

  • Pyhankoski

    November 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL1kiD0tRyE&NR=1
    Atari 5200 had MArio? WTF? And they say it’s from them, when it’s originally from Nintendo… What were they thinking!?

  • gamerdudeI22

    December 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love James so much! I would love to fill his game slot with my river raid!

  • pobO

    December 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    one of my favourites =)

  • zork2001

    January 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    You say no one remembers the system and it faded away but for a lot of
    us this was the system we had in our child hood and don’t remember the 2600. You did not review any of the games, 1 important aspect of the 5200 that made it special was it was the first home consol that allowed you to play arcade games. The games did not look quite as good as the arcade counter parts however the game play was identical. Joust, Mario Brothers, Poll Position, Pacman, Froger, Centapide, Pi Pi The Sailor Man and many many more were all there and they played just like the arcade. It even had some games epic for it’s time like Pitfall 2 and Montezuma’s Revenge. Infact there were not to may games out of it’s library that would be considered unfinished crap, most would hold up even today. I think you need to to another review on this system you did not due it justice. It is just too bad the joysticks were pieces of crap that brook after a month of play. however when they did work I don’t recall them being hard to use or awkward in your hand.

  • Mox_Demon

    May 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I like how much patience he shows in this video, and the fact that you can’t play the games so might as well look at them..looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

  • exactspace

    May 15, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Hey James,

    Could you please do a followup to this video? No games were played. I know it’s about the system, but it was all about how none of the controllers worked. More on the 5200 and its games.. please.

    Thanks!!!

  • Default_Username

    May 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love that he could fit a whole beer bottle in there. What were they THINKING?

  • Default_Username

    May 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, and I’ve been waiting for him to review the 7200 for a time now, I hope he does it!

  • skbeck1

    June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Nice B2TF reference. Damn, damn!

  • macs311

    June 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah I really would appreciate a new video with a working joystick.
    I’m so curious, we didn’t see anything!

  • Neato Burrito

    June 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Jesus, your electric bill must be straight up the ass.

  • SHITPILEOFFUCK

    June 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    ITS A SHITPILE OF FUCK

  • Morris

    July 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    “Damn! Damn!” Back to the Future! Doc Brown!

  • asnaes1981

    July 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Actualy, Neato, he turns it all off when he isn’t using it. Fire hazards and high electric bills are bad.

  • BladeJunker

    August 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Just registered to ask you to clean your consoles, every closeup I see dust and other ancient dirt you should scrub off. Hell hire someone to do it for you since your collection is big.

  • shittygames54

    August 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    bro, this is by far my favourite video. atari 5200. i’ve been watchin your videos since day one, and i love them all. keep it up man:)

  • supremenerdfan89

    August 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    anybidy know wat that music is that starts at 5:25?

  • August 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Music’s from Donkey Kong Country 1 Endboss stage.
    And if you don’t know this game, play it. One of the best in the SNES library.

    Btw. I think the 5200 is a game console version of the Atari 800 home computer and afaik they are compatible (you can play games for the 5200 on the 800 and use regular joysticks or the keyboard).

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • ljngamessuck

    September 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    i think some time u should do a revisited episode to this and play the games cuz we didnt really get to c alot

  • _Slashser_

    September 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    @ljngamessuck Let’s hope he finds a working controller

  • SetoShiroiryu

    September 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    what is music that starts 4:57?? thx for answer. AVGN i love your videos!!

  • GeoffProkop

    September 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

    The 5200 is a nard gargling bastard implision.

  • mattasriel

    September 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    pretty sure he has one now, just hope he goes back to it and plays it because im not quite sure why but this episode feels unfinished somehow

  • Jackofallspades

    October 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    You should plug the the 5200 into the adapter first, then plug the power into the adapter, then plug it into the wall. I learned that from frying a crypto.

  • edastol

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 am

    You can play atari 5200 if you buy a refurbished atari 5200 controller.

  • n3

    November 20, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Not a bad video. I would have liked to see some real game footage, but the video was about the console itself. And besides you reviewed superman for this thing in a later video.

  • LoganPorter

    November 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    The box’s clicking sound is a relay opening. It’s normal. And the sparks are normal too, just electricity going “HOLY FUCKING SHIT THERE IS SOMETHING CONDUCTIVE!”

    • quezocotl

      January 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      @LoganPorter Yeah, the sparks are normal. So, what’s wrong with my NES, Master System, Genesis, SNES, N64, XBox 360, Wii, my computer, my washing machine and my hair straightener? None of them do that.

    • quezocotl

      January 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      @LoganPorter Yeah, the sparks are normal. So, what’s wrong with my NES, SNES, Wii, my computer, my washing machine and my flat iron? None of them do that…

  • November 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Oh, and I’ve been waiting for him to review the 7200 for a time now fine

  • PetrMatafonov

    November 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    there s no review :-(

  • supersheamus

    December 1, 2011 at 1:16 am

    he should review all of his consoles

  • KristopherWilliams

    December 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I had the 5200. The reason the controller wasn’t working here is that James is using the second player controller. You can tell by the strip going across the face. Player 1 had a silver strip while Player 2 had a pink strip. The Player 2 controller would only work if the Player 1 controller was plugged in also and with most games, Player 1 had to press Start. He may know this but in the video it looks like it’s because it’s a defective controller.

    • ljngamessuck

      December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      @KristopherWilliams makes you wonder if he ever just googles hit problems ;P no offence to james hes my hero

    • quezocotl

      January 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      @KristopherWilliams mememememememememe!!!!!!!! harharharharharharhar!!!!! I’m so wise!!! Anyways… I have a 5200 with 4 controllers and they all work when they feel like it.

    • the_pieman

      February 22, 2012 at 4:06 am

      @KristopherWilliams Or, since the controllers are interchangeable, he put the controller NORMALLY used for P2 in the port for P1, and the controller really is busted.

  • senna4ever

    December 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    That thing is almost the same size of the original Xbox…almost.

  • Anodos

    December 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Is fuckernaut and astrobastard a quote from somewhere?

  • shawneeinternetnerd

    December 6, 2011 at 1:32 am

    FAAAUUUUUUUUUCK

  • AquaLeaf

    January 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

    at 6:10 i saw E.T. for 2600….. :D

  • AquaLeaf

    January 4, 2012 at 7:02 am

    also i love the mailing part :)

  • HarryPnass

    January 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Back to the Future quote in beginning lol

  • Red2503

    January 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    What’s the console at 2:44?

  • JamesDavidWells

    January 16, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I had a used 5200 as a kid that my mom bought off somebody. This was in the early 90s. Anyway, from what I can remember each game came with a card that fit over the number pad and designated what each button was for. Without that card, you were pretty much fucked unless you could figure it out for yourself.

  • LysanderTheevilmonkey

    January 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I remeber playing my 2600 games on my friends 7200 Atari

  • MECHAGARY

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I found an Atari 7800 at the dump, mint condition, in a grocery bag, plus 26 games, back in 1996. Took it home,, plugged it in,, and it worked like a charm!

    There was some good games in there too.

    Asteroids, Mario, Donkey Kong, etc..

    My son, who was 4 at the time was thrilled.

    • OdieMikes

      February 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      @MECHAGARY I don’t mean to be rude but, what the fuck were you doing rummaging through the dump?

      • MECHAGARY

        February 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        @OdieMikes @MECHAGARY I was throwing out my trash, and they were right there in front of me.

      • dino666

        February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        @MECHAGARY @OdieMikes Did you find those lost thousands of ET carts that are remoured to be buried in a land fill too? haha

      • MECHAGARY

        February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        @dino666 @OdieMikes Nope. Not even one copy of that turd.

      • c64kicksass

        February 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

        @OdieMikes @MECHAGARY With preserving antique electronics, dumpster diving is THE way to go! I got my NES and half my C64s from the dump, too. Also a Fairchild Channel F with 7 games. And almost a Philips CD-I Portable (someone else already claimed it)

        And OdieMikes: There’s a difference between that filthy disgusting kinda trash made up by organic waste and that e-waste dump.

      • GeofBOMB

        February 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        @c64kicksass @OdieMikes @MECHAGARY sounds like you guys are fucking poor. go to a fucking pawn shop or ebay or somthing.

      • MECHAGARY

        February 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

        @GeofBOMB @c64kicksass@OdieMikes Look here, Mr. Fuck Stick, aka GeofBOMB. For your information, back in 1998, when I found the Atari 7800,, yes, at the dump, with 26 games, in perfectly good condition,, it was a blessing. I’m a single Dad.

        My son was dying, and I was up to my ass in medical bills. That free system, with loads of free games lightened up the mood a little bit. It brought some fun into our house. We couldn’t afford a Play Station then.

        He died in 1999.

        Now we have a brand new ps3, XBOX 360, and a Wii. I make $75,000.00 a year now.

        God has blessed us. I hope you never have to go through,, what we have.

        Think about this, before you run your mouth again.

      • MECHAGARY

        February 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

        @GeofBOMB @c64kicksass @OdieMikes P.S. FUCK YOU.

      • RyanSanders

        March 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

         @GeofBOMB Yeah, because free things are terrible.It is always better to spend money. idiot

      • jackieblue420

        January 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        Because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I found my mint condition N64 in the trash and it still works after four years.

      • jackieblue420

        January 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        BTW, all the “haters” posting comments, your posts are a waste of time. He’s not going to even read your posts, let alone take them seriously. Do yourselves a favor and go back under your bridges, you fucking trolls.

    • VIVGCiconia

      February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

       @MECHAGARY Haha that’s how i got my Nes and it’s in absolute perfect condition too XD

  • EpicCHAZZ

    January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The ending is the funniest of the whole series lol

  • Hugoso

    January 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The Donkey Kong theme just give me good feelings (=

  • Hugoso

    January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Yu shouldn’t say a whole system sucks just because YOUR controllers don’t work.

  • Hugoso

    January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    You*

  • Hugoso

    January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    You shouldn’t say a whole system sucks just because YOUR controllers don’t work.

    • RyanSanders

      March 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

       @Hugoso That is true, but the 5200 does suck. Being a collector myself, I own two of them which do have working controllers. I still take it over the stupid Jaguar CD, though.

      • Hugoso

        March 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

         @RyanSanders Oh I see, thanks for the information (=

  • January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    dad walks in, and hears “and why did it dissapear?……cuase it was a piece of fucken shit!!!111″ and then says, “jake!!11 no one needs to hear that!!11″ I laugh and say, “It’s part of the character!!11 Live with the times dad, swearing is the new language of the 2XXX” er whatever

    • TerryFGM

      February 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

      @velmax30 are you 12?

      • CGBongsmoke

        March 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

         @TerryFGM  @velmax30 The sad part is when this comment has been made before. Probably by someone ALOT younger then this guy. He looks 30.

  • JeremyJones

    February 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Maybe because it was my first, or maybe because I am an old bastard but the Atari Nerdisodes are my favs! All that old shit rofl.

  • damedog

    February 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Why is everyone in the comments section such dicks? Stop being so rude to everybody.

    • OlDirtyVinceDm

      February 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

       @damedog comment section ? you mean the Internet….

      • LukasSprehn

        March 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        And?
        Please keep this stuff on YouTube :(

      • damedog

        March 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

         @LukasSprehn  And obviously being a dick is bad? It’s not exactly rocket science.

      • IsaacPerez

        March 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

         @LukasSprehn Would you like a sammich?

  • CGBongsmoke

    February 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

    You probably would have got the right controller if you weren’t using a Mac.

    • Tobuscus

      March 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

       @CGBongsmoke Wow what does that have to do with anything? Someone is jealous

    • AMillah

      March 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      @CGBongsmoke If you weren’t such a dumbass, you’d probably realize that most people in film making or any other creative industries (music, design) use Macs because of their software.
      But you’re probably just one of those types that hates on Apple today because of how successful they now are. You’re cool buddy, hate on successful companies to feel like a non conformist, yay!

    • CGBongsmoke

      March 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

       @CGBongsmoke You guys are cool. “I’m going to like my boyfriends post so it looks like people share our opinions” Fuck off back to whatever shitty suburb you come from, and suck more dicks please. Besides, just because it’s more expensive, doesn’t make it better, just makes it fancy enough for pretentious cunts like you to buy them. And no, I don’t think AVGN is a cunt, because he actually uses them for said purposes. Unlike someone like you. A cunt. -Mr. Bong

  • ConnorRGearhart

    February 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I gotta say, something gives me the feeling that there’s program codes…like the power glove. “it’s so bad.”

  • AxleTheDark

    February 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Something tells me there’s program codes…Like the Power Glove!”it’s so bad.”

  • RichardElsendoorn

    March 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I feel sorry for the tv…
    So many that get connected to it.

  • RichardElsendoorn

    March 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I feel sorry for the tv.So many different plugs that goes in it by the many different consoles. 

    • LukasSprehn

      March 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Don’t worry, only one is turned on each time :P

    • LukasSprehn

      March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Don’t worry, only one is turned on at a time :P

  • DraculaAlucard1

    March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Pffffffft Just cant catch a break

  • RobbertBruggeman

    March 17, 2012 at 3:28 am

    “See, that’s the interesting thing about Atari. You can find all kind of different stuff that’s compatible.”
     
    The Sega Megadrive / Genesis controller fits on an Atari 2600 and vica versa. That is it. Yeah, ALL KINDS of different stuff.

    • Razafeth

      March 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

       @RobbertBruggeman Or there’s the Colecovision that plays 2600 games. Mr. Rolfe also mentioned a Pong console working with an AC adapter from an old cell phone; I’m sure you could use an adapter not intended for the 2600 too. The fact that they didn’t police the games or hardware means that, yeah, there’s other shit that works with the 2600 that was not intended by Atari.

  • likalaruku

    April 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

    1000 extension cords & adaptors later….

  • deusprogrammer

    May 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Is it just me or does that controller for the Atari 5200 look like a butt plug?

  • mrgoat86

    May 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

    @deusprogrammer LOL that is the first thing I thought as soon as I saw that thing

  • Jessyfaulkner

    May 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

    You think he’ll try to review it again if he can get his hands on a controller that not only works but fits the controller port? If he re-reviews other old games, I think he should review this one, although it did prove a strong point. I’m just curious about the games involved

  • Aaron1375

    June 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    That whole ac adapter plugging into the box that hooks to the television seems very dangerous for a newer model tv.

  • onepiece44

    September 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Hey James,
    I was wondering about this a lot.
    What older television did you use for the Atari 5200

  • likalaruku

    September 20, 2012 at 6:24 am

    My favorite videos are the console history episodes & the ones where he does a skit with costumed friends.

  • likalaruku

    September 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Spends entire episode trying to get console to work.
    Fails.
    Audience still thoroughly entertained.

  • ADDNoah

    November 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Odd question, is that a Gundam poster from Nintendo Power on your old wall at 2:20? I was re-watching the video to kill time and I just noticed that. Also, what issue/game is that? I don’t remember to many gundam games coming over her for SNES or NES.

    • DMM_poo

      August 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      It’s MetalStorm. and to the left of it is Bionic Commando.

  • Connor Lefevers

    January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I have just gotten an account at Cinemassacre and I am so happy to be able to Comment on this! I love this episode so much and I think it was brilliant of James Rolfe to have more of the struggle of getting a game consul to work because that is one of the hardest Parts so doing Great!!!!

  • TheBaron

    March 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Hmm actually did he ever get the console to work, in that case – a review of the games?

  • HeadBangerAust

    June 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    get Richard to fix the controllers, then you can review the games

  • June 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Still better than VirtualBoy, lol.

  • gutterboy

    July 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Need to to review the 7800 some time, and the sega master system for that matter, remember the zaxxon 3d commercials?

  • DMM_poo

    August 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Funny and has great music.

  • legacy81

    November 21, 2013 at 1:10 am

    i think he should do a part 2 to this video. the atari 5200 was actually a classic video system and was 8-bit(just like the NES), had a slightly faster processor than the NES, and came out several years before the NES. it was ahead of its time. the graphics were great and the sound effects are unforgetable. the controllers were not the greatest but they sell rebuild kits with gold contacts(unlike the carbon ones atari used)…gold contacts do not wear out like carbon ones do. if u invest the money and buy quality controllers for the system, the system is easily one of the best you can get your hands on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hi, i would like to know the name of the sailor song 5;2

    10nx 4

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    5;22

  • pokemario99

    February 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    he put E.T. it the theme song. wow…

  • pokemario99

    February 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    ok when you showed us the cartridges for the 2600 i saw E.T. again. WHEN ARE YOU GONNA DO IT?

  • February 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    For the First Model, you felt like calling a technician just to set it up.

  • Justin Middleton

    March 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    We have an atari 5200 in our console collection also, but as you would expect those crappy analog controllers do not work. That is pure puke, having a console you can’t even play because of the frickin controllers breaking. Atari sure misfired on this piece of vomit, but at least we always have the 2600 and Jaguar to fall back on.

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