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Coleco Vision System

Coleco Vision System
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Colecovision system includes 2 controllers / AC Adaptor / RF Unit

The ColecoVision is Coleco Industries' second generation home video game console, which was released in August 1982. The ColecoVision offered arcade-quality graphics and gaming style, the ability to play other home consoles' video games (notably the Atari 2600), and the means to expand the system's hardware. The ColecoVision was released with an initial catalog of 12 titles, with 10 additional titles on the way for 1982. All told, approximately 170 titles were released in the form of plug-in cartridges between 1982 and 1985.
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ColecoVision by David Pugh from North Carolina United States
21 Aug 2015
The huge success of the Atari 2600 VCS made lots of people stand up and take notice of the growing market for video games. People such as Mattel, Philips and Bally/Midway soon entered the market with their own systems but perhaps the most unusual rival for Atari was the Connecticut Leather Company (abbreviated to Coleco). They came up with the ColecoVision, a console based on an early version of the Japanese MSX technology. Launched in competition to both the 2600 and Atari’s follow-up console, the 5200, it had some significant early success before being killed off prematurely due to the North American video game crash. It’s a shame the Coleco console didn’t get the run it deserved as it was home to some very impressive arcade conversions in particular with titles such as Donkey Kong, Zaxxon, Gorf, Gyruss and Mr. Do! leading the way.

Lord of the Dungeon by Bruce Consolazio 05 Jun 2008
The ColecoVision was the first home videogame system to have a battery-backed cartridge- in this case, a role-playing game called "Lord of the Dungeon." It was made in 1983 by NAP, the same company that gave us "War Room." It was never released, although today copies do exist.

I still have my Colecovision w/Atari Expansion module by Michael Xavier Maelstrom 05 Jun 2008
I still have my Colecovision w/Atari Expansion module and approx 40 carts, and even engage in CV play on my PC fairly regularly, utilizing an CV emulator.

Personal All-Time Fave Colecovision cart: Gateway to Apshai! <-- Dungeons and Dragons adventuring, with an impressive inventory of features. By far the coolest RPG around at that time.

*Trivia: Did you know that "Tunnels and Trolls" which was actually supposed to be the Colecovision D&D'esque cart never actually was released?

Turns out those that remember seeing the game, actually saw a special promo cart that just had the dragon flying around the T&T logo - but there was nothing more than that scene in the promo cart!

(you can get ahold of the T&T promo cart's gamerom/image for the emulators btw)

Anyway, Rock On Colecovision.

P.S: Christian, Turbo utilizes the Driving Wheel Expansion Unit too.

Michael Xavier Maelstrom
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Earth, Sometimes.

Long live Coleco! by Anthony 27 Mar 2007
My father started me on video games, he had them all from the very
start. The Coleco Vision was the last system he purchased, until I got him back into the game with the NES. If the Video Game market hadn't crashed back in 84, Coleco Vision would be king still to this day. Having a Coleco back then, was like having a Game Cube or PS-2 compared to a Gameboy!!!

My Coleco is in mint condition, other than the controllers. I found that in most controllers, the contacts for the joystick become fatigued and fail to operate. If you know a little about soldering, you can easily replace the contacts, with cheap parts from your local electronics supply store. Once you do this, there is no stopping you, you can make your system last a lifetime. If your Coleco is in poor shape, a complete dismantaling/cleaning and re-building will make it work, and last like new. Cleaning on the catridge contacts is essential on a regular basis, since this system just turned 20 recently.

With a few adaptors, you can hook your Coleco up to any RCA-inputs, and it makes the picture look 100 times better. I play mine on a 32inch Sony Wega, and the colors/sound and picture really look great, better than the old arcade machines. Make sure to clean the RF connector on the CV deck, before attaching any new cables.

No one in the world could take my Coleco away from me, it combines the very best of video game history, with some of the fondest memeries ever. Long live Coleco!