|Due to the 5200's relatively short life, Atari didn't have the opportunity to produce nearly as many catalogs for the 5200 as they did on the 2600. Even fewer are the number of third-party catalogs that feature 5200 games. Atari's first 5200 catalog was produced in a booklet style in the same vein as their 2600 catalogs. Later 5200 catalogs from Atari would graduate to fold-out posters. Thus far we've only encountered two third-party catalogs that feature 5200 games, those being from Activision and Parker Brothers.
We're someday hoping to build a complete library of 5200 catalogs. If you have any catalogs that we're missing and wouldn't mind scanning them in or letting us borrow them so we may scan them, please contact us as we'd love to hear from you!|
|Model Number: AG-940-05|
We're not quite sure how Activision derived their catalog numbers, as this
particular number was also used for this
catalog in 1981. This catalog, titled Winter/Spring 1984, only contains
listings for thirteen Activision Atari-related titles, nine for the 2600 and
four for the 5200.Contained within are descriptions for several ColecoVision
and Intellivision games as well. Activison's five Intellivision titles are relegated
to the back cover of this catalog.
|Model Number: AG-940-05|
This later Activision catalog covers a wide variety of systems Activision was producing games for at the time, including the Atari 2600, 5200, Atari 8-bit computers, Apple II, IBM PCjr, Commodore 64, and Colecovision. While many of the titles were produced for several systems, this catalog only contains four 2600 titles and six 5200 titles. Graphically this catalog bears little resemblence to Activision's 2600 catalogs, although it does share the same model number (AG-940-05) with two other catalogs (no we don't know why, but it is confusing!)
|Model Number: CO18270 Rev. 1|
This appears to be Atari's first catalog for the 5200. It's a booklet style
catalog, following in the tradition of Atari's 2600 catalogs. It features 14
titles and the line, "The Advanced Game System" on the cover. This
catalog prominently featured Asteroids,
which was never actually released on the 5200 most likely due to it being extremely
difficult to control with the 5200's non-centering analog controllers. Not only
did Asteroids get its own page in this catalog, but there is also an Asteroids
box pictured on page
4 (second from the top). This catalog also features the Trak-Ball controller
(with the red action buttons and "Start", "Pause", "Reset"
buttons in positions that don't match the shipped unit) and mentions a game
called Tank on page
|Model Number: CO18270 Rev. 2|
This catalog is nearly identical to Atari's previous
5200 catalog, with one major change: The page dedicated to Asteroids
in the previous catalog has been changed to Soccer,
since we all know that Atari never did release Asteroids for the 5200 (due most
likely to the 5200's analog, non-centering controllers not being quite up to
the task). However, Atari didn't reshoot the picture on page
4 of the catalog, which depicts an Asteroids box (second from the top).
This catalog also features the Trak-Ball controller (with the red action buttons
and "Start", "Pause", "Reset" buttons in positions
that don't match the shipped unit) and mentions a game called Tank on page
|Model Number: CO21880 Rev. A|
This catalog is a departure from previous
Atari 5200 catalogs in that it's presented as a small, fold-out poster, a trend
that would continue in later years for Atari catalogs. It features 20 titles,
including Realsports Basketball, which was never released (although the prototype
is available here).
This catalog features all the Realsports titles, though they don't yet bear
the Realsports name (amusingly, three of the titles use the word REAL in all
caps as part of the description, hinting at what was to come). An artist's rendering
of the VCS Cartridge Adapter is shown, as well as a 5200 Trak-Ball controller
that differs slightly from the one shown in the previous catalogs (the action
and "Start", "Pause", "Reset" buttons were moved
and reflect the actual shipping Trak-Ball controller). The phrase, "Atari
5200 SuperSystem" also appears for the first time in this catalog.
|Model Number: CO21776-Rev. A|
Titled, "Atari Stars", this poster catalog features titles from both
the Atari 2600 and the 5200 SuperSystem. This catalog sports 88 titles, 61 for
the 2600 and 27 for the 5200. This catalog was released at the height of Atari's
period and contains many games that never saw the light of day, such as Realsports
Duck's Speedboat, Dumbo's
Flying Circus, Good
Luck Charlie Brown, and Miss
Piggy's Wedding for the 2600 and Realsports
Goofy, and Tempest
for the 5200. Additionally, the Atari 2600 Keyboard and Voice Commander peripherals
make an appearance in this catalog but these two items would would never see
the light of day.
|Model Number: CO25618-001 Rev. A|
This is an unusual catalog from Atari in that it features games and hardware for the 2600, 5200, and 7800. While there are several Atari catalogs that feature multiple systems, it's unusual to see three generations of Atari hardware depicted in the same catalog. There are over 70 titles pictured in this catalog, 32 for the 2600, 30 for the 5200, and 13 for the 7800. There are many titles shown that never saw the light of day, such as Dr. Salk's "Peek-A-Boo", Elevator Action, Garfield, The Last Starfighter for the 2600 and Rescue on Fractalus! for the 7800. Also, at this point Asteroids for the 7800 was still listed as 3D Asteroids. Some unreleased hardware is also described, such as the Computer Keyboard, High Score Cartridge and 7800 ProSystem Game Adapter that would allow you to play 2600 and 7800 games on the 5200. The last page of the catalog features a description and a picture of the unreleased MindLink accessory for the 2600 and 7800 that would allow you to control games by sending "electronic impulses from your brain to the game console".
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Of the two Parker Brothers catalogs that feature Atari games, this one is by far the most common. It features games for the Atari 2600, 5200, Intellivision, ColecoVision, Vic-20, and IBM. It's a fairly large catalog as far as third-party catalogs go, showcasing 21 games. This catalog is quite interesting from a collector's point of view, because it contains several 2600 games that never saw the light of day. These include McDonalds, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Ework Adventure, and The Incredible Hulk. Of these games, only The Incredible Hulk has yet to been found in prototype form.