Sprint 2 was released in November 1976 and was Atari's first mass-produced microprocessor-based game. Approximately 8,200 units were produced. Sprint 2 was considered, by other game designers, one of the great all-time games. This is by far the most common game of the Sprint series, there were more of these than all the rest of them put together.
After a nearly 50-year run, the mid-1970s video games like Sprint 2 spelled the end of the electro-mechanical arcade games (such as "Killer Shark
" seen in the movie 'Jaws'). Video games would spawn a nation-wide phenomenon which has gone on to this day.
Sprint 2 was one of many mid-1970's Atari games such as "Night Driver
", "Starship 1
", and "Drag Race
", which were often found at carnivals and bowling alleys. Kids would flock to these establishments just to get an opportunity to play the games rather than the primary source of entertainment they offered. When the 80's arrived, video games could be found everywhere including grocery store,s and kids didn't have to go very far to play their favorite game.
Sprint 2 is believed to be the first game to utilise the now well-known 'arcade font'. This font has since been used by many non-Atari games manufacturers including Namco, Irem, Nichibutsu, and Nintendo.
A Sprint 2 unit appears in the 1978 movie 'Dawn of the Dead' and in the 1982 movie 'Tron'.