classic games of Atari are receiving the WarioWare treatment with Atari Mania, a new collection of minigames coming to Nintendo Switch PC and Atari VCS this summer. It will be sold for $20 on all platforms.
Inspired by Nintendo’s long-running “microgame” series, Atari Mania remixes iconic Atari titles and turns them into bite-sized objectives that must be completed in seconds. classic titles like Pong, Centipede and more will appear in the title, which contains more than 200 mini-games.
While the game’s minigame concept is similar to warioware, Atari Mania goes a bit further than the Nintendo series. It contains a story that ties the mini-games together. Between games, players explore the Atari vault, solving puzzles and discovering Easter eggs. It is a little closer in style to the indie game spookware in structure.
The game acts as a historic celebration of Atari’s 50th anniversary. It features retro-inspired art and music from the Atari 2600 era and includes collectibles like vintage game manuals. Players can unlock remastered versions of old Atari games by completing challenges, so it works like a retro collection, like Pac-Man Museum +.
“As we celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary, Atari Mania It will give fans of the brand a way to re-engage with their favorite Atari games and characters, and introduce a new generation to the games that launched the industry,” says Atari CEO Wade Rosen. «Atari Mania It has all the makings of an Atari classic: incredibly fun, full of surprise moments, and easy to learn but hard to master.”
Atari Mania launches on Nintendo Switch, PC, and the Atari VCS sometime this summer.