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Atari 2600 (1979-80)

Manufacturer: Warner Communications

The original Atari Video Computer System came out with little fanfare, but by 1979, the renamed Atari 2600 caught on. This was the first home videogame system that had parents scrambling to find it.

In later years, many other game consoles prompted hysteria when they were introduced, including the Playstation in 1994 and the Nintendo Wii in 2006. This year, Nintendo is introducing the Wii U, the next generation of its home-gaming consoles. Presale orders for the Wii U sold out quickly in the weeks leading up to its release.

Photo: Evan Amos | Wikipedia