Jakks Pacific Atari 2600 Paddle Plug n Play
Yet another Jakks Pacific plug n play system, although today I bring you the paddle controller. There is another version of this that has an attached player 2, but mine is strictly single player. Even so, Jakks Pacific added a few games from their joystick and more paddle controller classics: Breakout, Canyon bomber, Casino, Circus Atari, Demons to Diamonds, Night Driver, Steeplechase Street Racer, Super Breakout, Video Olympics, Warlords and 2 bonus Arcade quality versions of Pong and Warlords.
The paddle controller is quite unique, not only in it’s design, but also in it’s menu design. The system is limited to one button, which is the menu button, other than the game play button on the side. When the menu button is pressed during game play it brings up a 6 switch Atari 2600 on the bottom of the screen allowing users to: Exit game, change TV type, change left and right difficulty, Game select and Game reset.
There is no mistaking this behemoth for the original Atari paddle controller, clearly, but it still works just the same. This time Jakks Pacific seemed to get the game selection right, while adding 2 bonus arcade versions as well. As I said earlier there are two versions of this, both single and 2 players.
Again, this is simply another good plug n play to keep those classic paddle games in your conscious. For me the real thrill is playing it on the original hardware, but again Jakks Pacific delivered a decent replication of the experience in a plug n play system.