I made a complete impulse purchase on the weekend when my buddy foolishly took me to a sweet indie game store just north of Seattle. If you're in the area, check it out - it's called Another Castle, has friendly staff, a good selection of retro and current stuff, and even has a retro arcade on-site with about 15-20 cabinets. Bring a pocketful of quarters!
So anyway, I came home with an Atari 2600 and a bunch of games. I was sweating bullets the whole way home not knowing whether the wife was going to be pissed at me for dropping $90 on a completely unnecessary purchase, but bless her cotton socks, her face lit up when she saw the machine, jaw dropped when she saw Breakout, and she literally jumped up clapping when she saw the paddle controllers.
So here's the games I came home with:
Empire Strikes Back
On my to-get list are:
What else am I missing to round out my collection? For the record, I don't care much for Pitfall or Adventure, iconic though they both might be. I'm tempted to pick up an E.T. cart, just so I can experience how awful it is. Likewise, I'm going to pass on Pac-Man because it's an awful version, and I've got good versions on XBLA.