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Great for both newbies and oldies! Ultimate PAL add-on, cheap joysticks :)
on 20 July 2015
I already own an original Atari and a flash cart full of PAL games but I needed to replace the joysticks and I found it was cheaper to buy the Flashback 3 (console +2 joysticks) than getting two joysticks seperately, with the logo and red button these look more authentic than the retro-bit ones. So I saved a pound!
I never thought I'd use the console itself but I noticed that there's about 14 games here that I haven't been able to play properly on my old Atari, either because they're NTSC only prototypes or need paddles. The Flashback 3 (FB3) is an NTSC console so the colours display as they should, and an added bonus is that it emulates the paddles so you can play Super Breakout etc with the joysticks. Brilliant!
The emulation is as good as any I've seen and is better than what I've come to expect from AtGames/Blaze (infamous for dodgy sounding SEGA clones and the terrible Game Gadget).
The video output from the FB3 is much clearer than you'll probably remember! The console looks great and is ultra-portable, it ways next to nothing. The games are hit and miss, as you tend to expect with compilations, but Yar's Revenge, Combat, Asteroid and Centipede are all worth checking out if you're new to Atari, some of the others, not so much (loses a star there). Purists could also argue that the menu looks a little too advanced and reminds you that you're not using original hardware but I like that it indicates whether games are for one or two players.
Overall, the FB3 is a nice introduction to the legacy of Atari 2600, although there appears to be more and better games on later editions, I'd recommend the FB4 or 5 for that purpose.
As a joystick donor and addition to PAL Atari/Flash cart combo, the FB3 is the best choice!
As a UK retro player, I now have a curious eye on the Colecovision Flashback as it's probably the best (and definitely cheapest) way to experience a console I never got to discover as a kid.