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Colecovision

The ColecoVision was Coleco Industries' home video game console, released in August, 1982. The ColecoVision offered arcade-quality graphics and gaming style, the ability to play other home consoles' video games (notably the Sears chain in the U.S. and the Atari 2600), and you could also expand the system's hardware. ColecoVision was released with an initial catalog of 12 video game titles, with 10 additional titles on the way for 1982. Around 170 titles were released in the form of plug-in cartridges between 1982 and 1985.

Most of the games available were pretty good ports of arcade Coin-op titles. Some of the more popular games included Donkey Kong (the pack-in), Donkey Kong Junior, Carnival, Lady Bug, Mouse Trap, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Zaxxon.

ColecoVision sold very well in direct competition with the Atari 2600 before the video game industry crash of 1983. The ColecoVision was discontinued in the spring of 1984. Even with its late difficulties, the ColecoVision still sold more than six million units.

This machine was a great alternative to Atari and was genuinely fun to play in the early 80's boasting 16k of RAM. It had more processing power and memory than the Atari 2600 which stretched to 12k of RAM. With the largest games, like Indiana Jones, it was ahead of its time, but sales weren't as good in the UK where Atari ruled the Market as in the US.

R.I.P. Coleco!


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Colecovision Game System Last post by darren
03 January 2016

Do You Remember Colecovision?

Do You Remember Colecovision?

  • Anonymous user
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    my husband still has his and it still works we put it on for our sons to let them see what they are missing compared to the PS3 and xbox
  • Anonymous user
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    My brother still has our coleco!
  • Anonymous user
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    i had a coleco and loved it to bits ! the games were great for its era