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Atari VCS (Atari 2600)
Released: November, 1977
Price at launch: $200
After producing a standalone Pong home console, Atari would go on to release the Atari Video Computer System, later known as the Atari 2600. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell sold Atari to Warner Communications shortly before the system's debut to fund the launch. With full-color output, sound, and cartridge-based games, the 2600 became the most successful home console yet. Games such as Space Invaders and Pitfall helped sell more than 30 million units, according to the 2004 Video Game Price Guide. But the good times wouldn't last, and Atari has long since been eclipsed by others.