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Pack-In Games

Buying a new video game console is exciting. Whether it's launch day or just the day you decide to go for it, the console will be new to you and offer a whole new range of games to play. Pack-in games are almost always included with new consoles so you can begin enjoying the console right away. While many of these games showcase the console and it's controllers, there's probably another game you were craving.

Let's take a look at some of our favorite consoles and we'll reveal the game we really wanted to play as soon as we got the new console hooked up to the TV!

Check out our list of Pack-In games for each game console.

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Atari 2600 VCS

When I bought a new Atari 2600 console, it came with Combat, but I really wanted Space Invaders!

Atari 2600 pack-in game

The Atari 2600 was my very first video game console. A friend of mine received one for Christmas and once I saw he could play Space Invaders at home - I had to have one! Since stores like GameStop didn't exist back then, my Mom took me to an appliance store where I bought my first console.

I had no idea what a pack-in game was nor any clue about Combat, the pack-in game at the time. I needed Space Invaders and that was the goal of my purchase. I adored arcades and tolerated the lesser graphics on my VCS in exchange for playing arcade ports at home.

Atari 5200 SuperSystem

When I bought a new Atari 5200 console, it came with Super Breakout, but I really wanted Missile Command!

Atari 5300 pack-in game

I didn't buy an Atari 5200 at it's launch. My focus had shifted and I wouldn't own one for about ten years beyond it's inception. I really liked the Breakout games and was happy with this as a pack-in. However, Missile Command was my favorite trackball game. I was terrible at Centipede, but really loved playing Missile Command in the local arcades. This was the game I craved when I picked up a SuperSystem.

Atari 7800 ProSystem

When I bought a new Atari 7800 console, it came with Pole Position II, but I really wanted Galaga!

Atari 7800 pack-in game

The Atari 7800 was another console I missed ou on at it's initial launch, but with 2600 compatibility, I was stoked to finally own one of these consoles. Shipping with Pole Position II was cool since I loved the arcade version and had played it many times on my 2600. However, I had my sights set on Galaga!

Galaga was an arcade favorite for many and I was among them. The 7800 version was actually quite good and gave me as much challenge as the arcade machine. This was one of the games that made me see how close my favorite arcade games were becoming on the home console market.

Atari Jaguar

When I bought a new Atari Jaguar console, it came with Cybermorph, but I really wanted Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy!

Atari Jaguar pack-in game

On launch day, a friend and I took an extended lunch break from work and went to Nobody Beats The Wiz to check out Atari's latest console. It was a magical moment to suddenly see that iconic logo on retail shelves full of consoles, additional controllers, and a raft of games. We were in awe! In all honesty, I loved the Jag's pack-in game, Cybermorph. This kind of gameplay was new to me and I was astounded at what the game let me do.

Unsure about the Atari Jaguar game library - what was available that day - I opted for Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy. As a side-scrolling shooter, it felt like a good choice to me.

Nintendo NES

When I bought a new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console, it came with Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt, but I really wanted Towne & Country Wood Water Rage!

Nintendo NES pack-in game

En route to a ski resort for a week, my buddy and I wanted some after-shred gaming and began stopping at malls on our trek north to Killington in search of the elusive NES. It took several stops to locate one. This was a few years after launch and it was still hard to find an NES! We finally found one, I believe it was at a Kay-Bee toys store.

I have to admit we got a kick out of Super Mario as a pack-n game, but as avid snowboarders, we also picked up Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage to satisfy a sk8 vibe.

Nintendo SNES

When I bought a new Nintendo SNES, it came with Super Mario World, but I really wanted Star Fox!

Nintendo SNES pack-in game

Having liked Super Mario Bros. on my NES, I was definitely excited to see what Super Mario World had to offer on the SNES. However, I had my sights set on Star Fox! Having read about the FX chips in game carts, I was very curious about it's effect on the game. Never regretted that purchase :)

Nintendo Virtualboy

When I bought a new Nintendo Virtualboy console, it came with Mario Tennis, but I really wanted Water World!

Nintendo Virtualboy pack-in game

Nintendo always took a different approach to tennis games. It was more about fun than sport, thus their tennis games often delivered unexpected quirks to the well-known game. At the same time, I was a huge fan of the Water World movie. Fishtar? Are you kidding!?! Water World was an awesome massive film. I loved it and seeing it appear on Nintendo's odd new pseudo-VR console made my day. Had to check it out!

Sony PS3

When I bought a new Sony PS3 console, it came with Uncharted 3, but I really wanted Ratchet & Clanky!

Sony PS3 pack-in game

Here's another console I initially ignored. After my interest in the first PlayStation, I simply didn't find much on the subsequent consoles that motivated me to add another one to the mix. At one point I found a sale that gave a decent break in the unwavering price and I picked one up with an Uncharted bundle.

Along with the PlayStation 3 my son was interested in Sly Cooper, so we picked up the Sly Collection, containing three games from the PS2 era.

Sony PS4

When I bought a new Sony PS4 console, it came with Uncharted 4, but I really wanted Atari Flashback Classics!

Sony PS4 pack-in game

When Christmas came around and the PS4 had been on retail shelves for a few years, I decided to pick one up for my son and I. This would be our most powerful console and I was eager to see if the graphics were a real step up from our PS3. We enjoyed the Uncharted games in the past and were very interested in the fourth game, but I was fixated on a retro gaming purchase.

I was manic to buy AtGames' Atari Flashback Collection Vol 1 & 2. At the time, they were only available for PS4 and Xox One. To be honest these two collections of vintage Atari arcade & console games were the primary reason I was interested in the PS4. After owning it for a few months, I was surprised at the quantity of "retro" games that would become available for it.

Video Game Console Pack-in Game List

Game ConsolePack-In Game
3DO (Goldstar)FIFA Soccer, Shockwave
Amiga CD32Oscar/Diggers
Amiga CD32 (Spectacular Voyage bundle)MicroCosm, Chaos Engine, Dangerous Streets, Oscar, Wing Commander and Diggers
Amiga CD32 (Dangerous Streets bundle)Dangerous Streets, Diggers, Oscar and Wing Commander
Amiga CD32 (Critical bundle) Cannon Fodder, Diggers, Liberation, Microcosm, Oscar, Project X and Ultimate Body Blows
APF M-1000 Rocket Patrol (built-in)
Arcadia 2001 Cat Trax
Astrocade Gunfight/Checkmate/Calculator/Scribbling (built-in)
Atari 2600 (1977-1983) Combat
Atari 2600 (1983-?) Pac-Man
Atari 2600 Asteroids
Atari 2600 Jr. (some models) 32-in-1
Atari 2600 (Coleco Gemini) Donkey Kong Jr.
Atari 2600 (Sears Video Arcade) Air-Sea Battle (Sears)
Atari 2600 (Sears Video Arcade II) Space Invaders (Sears)
Atari 5200 (1982-?) Super Breakout
Atari 5200 (later version) Pac-Man
Atari 7800 Pole Position II
Atari 7800 (Europe) Asteroids (built-in)
Atari 7800 (Australia & New Zealand) Asteroids (built-in) and 32-in-1
Atari XEGS Bug Hunt
Channel F Tennis/Hockey (built-in)
ColecoVision Donkey Kong
Colorvision Monster Chase
Dreamcast Sega Smash Pack Volume 1
Dreamcast (UK) Chu Chu Rocket
Dreamcast (Sports bundle 1) NFL 2K and NBA 2K
Dreamcast (Sports bundle 2) NFL 2K1 and NBA 2K1
Dreamcast (Sonic bundle) Sonic 1, Sonic Shuffle and Sonic 2 demo
Game.com (Europe) Lights Out, Batman & Robin
GameBoy Tetris
GBC (kiwi) Pokemon Crystal
GBC (special Pokemon version) Pokemon Yellow
GameCube Mario Sunshine
Game Gear Columns
Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog
Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Genesis 1 (1989-1991) Altered Beast
Genesis 1 (1991-?) Sonic the Hedgehog
Genesis 2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Genesis 2 (Sports bundle) NFL '94
Genesis 2 Streets of Rage 2
Genesis 2 The Lion King
Genesis 2 Vectorman
Genesis 2 Sega 6-Pak
Halcyon Thayer's Quest
Intellivision (1979-1983) Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack
Intellivision (1983-?) Astrosmash
Jaguar Cybermorph
JVC X'Eye Prize Fighter
Leisurevision Baseball
Microvision Block Buster
Neo Geo Gold 3 Count Bout
Neo Geo Gold Fatal Fury 2
Neo Geo Pocket Color Sonic Pocket Adventure
NES Gyromite and Duck Hunt
NES Super Mario Bros.
NES (NES Action Set) Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
NES (NES Challenge set) Super Mario Bros. 3
NES (NES Power Set) Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet
Nintendo 64 Star Wars Pod Racer
Nintendo 64 Pokemon
Nintendo 64 Donkey Kong 64
Nintendo 64 (UK) Goldeneye
Nintendo 64 (UK) Banjo Kazooie
Nintendo 64 (special Pikachu Edition) Hey You Pikachu TRU exclusive
NUON (Samsung systems) Ballistic
Odyssey Cartridges 1 - 6
Odyssey2 Speedway!/Spinout!/Crypto-Logic!
Playstation 2 Gran Turismo 3
Playstation 2 (2010)Toy Story 3
Playstation 3 Uncharted 3
Playstation 4 Uncharted 4
RCA Studio II Doodle/Patterns/Bowling/Freeway/Addition (built-in)
Saturn Virtua Fighter
Saturn Virtua Cop/Daytona USA/Virtua Fighter 2
Saturn Sega Rally Championship
Sega 32X (1995) Star Wars Arcade
Sega 32X (1995) Doom
Sega 32X (1996) Virtua Fighter
Sega CD (launch) Sega Classics 4-in-1 CD, Sherlock Holmes I, Sol Feace, Hot Hits/Rock Paintings
Sega CD 2 Sewer Shark
Sega CD 2 Tomcat Alley
Sega CD Sonic CD
Sega CDX Sega Classics 5-in-1, Ecco the Dolphin and Sonic CD
Sega Master System Snail Maze (built-in)
Sega Master System I Hang-On/Astro Warrior
Sega Master System (Light Phaser package) Hang-On/Safari Hunt
Sega Master System (SegaScope package) Missile Defense 3D
Sega Master System II Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Sega Master System II (Europe & Brazil) Sonic the Hedgehog (built-in)
Sega Master System III (Brazil) "20-Em-1"
SNES (launch) Super Mario World
SNES Killer Instinct
SNES Donkey Kong Country
SNES (1997) Yoshi's Island
SNES (UK) Street Fighter II
Supervision Crystball
Supervision (one of the Watara releases) Classic Casino
Switch n/a
Telegames Personal Arcade (aka Dina) Meteoric Shower (built-in)
Telstar Arcade Telstar Arcade cartridge #1
TurboDuo 3-in-1 CD, Ys Book I and II, and a "mystery" game (Dungeon Explorer, Ninja Spirit, Final Lap Twin, or other random Hu-card)
Turbografx-16 Keith Courage in Alpha Zones
Vectrex Mine Storm (built-in)
Virtual Boy Mario's Tennis
Wii Wii Sports
X-Box (Sega bundle) Jet Set Radio Future and Sega GT

What game did you want for your new console?

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