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One on one basketball between two players or one player and computer. Giant "Atari Trak Ball" (TM) and one button for control. "Sweet Georgia Brown" at tip-off. Crowd roars with every successful shot.

Atari Basketball was produced by Atari in 1979.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Atari Basketball was produced include: Sky Raider, Fire Truck, Avalanche, Orbit, Skydiver, Hercules, Superman, Atari Soccer, Atari Baseball, and Asteroids


Name Atari Basketball
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 12745
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
IC Count 127
Conversion Class Atari B&W Raster
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Atari Basketball Bezel Image
PCB Atari Basketball PCB Image

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Game Introduction

Large cabinet with nearly a 30" x 30" footprint. Large control panel holds two trak ball controllers - players stand side by side during play.

Atari Basketball KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.28 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.30

Overall Like 2.50
Fun (Social) 2.00
Fun (Solo) 2.00
Collector Desire 2.50

Technical Rating: 2.25

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 2.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 2.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Atari Basketball Census

There are 14,820 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 41 known instances of this machine owned by Atari Basketball collectors who are active members. Of these, 36 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Atari Basketball machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Atari Basketball circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Atari Basketball.

This game ranks a 14 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 104; Color photo
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 71; Color photo Price guide: No

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