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|Providing excellent near-arcade-quality graphics, the ColecoVision is a second generation video game system that features the Texas Instruments TMS9928A video processor. Powered by a 3.58 MHz, NEC version of Zilog Z80A processor, this black Coleco console ensures you enjoy an extremely smooth gaming experience. Moreover, featuring a 16 KB VRAM, the ColecoVision console promises an immersive and vibrant display. The Texas Instruments SN76489A sound chip of this video game system delivers an excellent sound output so that you can truly enjoy every gaming session. Furthermore, available with a storage capacity of 8, 16, 24, or 32 KB, this Coleco console includes the famous arcade game, Donkey Kong.|
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This was the Connecticut Leather Company's (Coleco) first and only arcade quality game system. Noted for many of its pong and handheld games, Coleco was already well known among the industry as a solid, if rather inexperienced player in the golden age of videogames. However, this did not make their contribution of the Colecovision any less significant as it is one of the 10 greatest game systems of all time!!!
Boasting a wide range of games that the major game systems like Atari and Intellivision overlooked, rare and near perfect (sometimes perfect) arcade game translations like Donkey Kong, Mr Do, Zaxxon, and true gems like Epyx well received Temple of Apshai and Venture. These games were high quality with excellent graphics, sound effects and play value.
But what made the Colecovision game system truly shine, was its amazing array of peripherals like The Driving Controller, the Super Action Controllers, an excellent roller controller, and a fantastic expansion module that let you play nearly all of the Atari 2600 library in addition to all the Colecovision games!! Also a rare and highly regarded collectible known as the Coleco Adam could turn this already excellent system into a true computer. Even though the Adam was lambasted by both users and critics alike, it had paved the way for true arcade quality systems for the future like PS3, XBox360, and the venerable Nintendo Wii.
As for collector value, this system is highly desired in good shape and does command a higher price than even many of the newer and more advanced systems. Cartridges are also highly prized although a good cartridge with say a poor label or a scratched up case can be had for little money. That being said, some of the drawbacks of the Colecovision are:
1. Higher expense due to rarity and high collector demand
2. Some parts are difficult to find and when they are found they can command a considerable price. (ie: controllers, power supplies, some peripherals) again due to rarity and collector demand.
3. Maintenance can be a nightmare because the Colecovision was notorious in its early history for just quitting out of nowhere, surviving units are often composed of several different parts from several different machines (do NOT unless your a diehard collector) let this deter you, its a fine system matching serial numbers or not.
4. Expect to pay good prices for both rare and desired games especially boxed. If your a budget collector I suggest small cartridge lots, might have a dud in it, but it will get you started for a lower price at the onset.
In conclusion you cannot go wrong with this system, with its massive combined Coleco and Atari 2600 library of games it still ranks today as one of the largest available libraries for a video game console. It is a testament to both its quality, and its vision as a true gamer's system that it survives with new games and even the Opcode Module which is the Super Game Module that never was. Had this game system managed to survive the video game crash, it would have been the system of choice even with the Nintendo NES looming on the horizon.
For both collectors and just casual players and nostalgia buffs, this is a must have system not only for both its quality games and peripherals, but for its historical significance in the video game world we know today. If there are any ex Coleco employees out there that see ebay, I want to extend a personal thank you from all of us collectors, You did good!!
The Colecovision console is a classic home console, but a number of factors combine together to create a machine with unfulfilled potential and a somewhat bittersweet overall experience. I found that using this console is a rapidly swinging pendulum that moves back and forth between intense retro-gamer delight and surprising disappointment. I don't mean to sound as though I do not have value for this console - overall I really do like the Colecovision. But, my reasons for liking it include its unique, almost legendary originality as a console and its almost niche market amongst "old glory" classic consoles. These abstract specialized or hobbyist reasons might not be shared or adequate reasons for someone else looking to purchase a Colecovision solely for its entertainment value. For example, I love the classic look and style of the console - it is aesthetically pleasing, and one of the best looking consoles of all time. Moving on, its greatest weakness is the lack of availability of games now 25+ years after its production, from an already rather small number of released games during its unnaturally cut short 2 - 3 year lifespan back in the 1980's during the great videogame market crash and re-emergence. A limited subset of game titles are readily available, but most others are quite difficult to find even on eBay, and when they are found they are typically expensive due to their scarcity. I also dislike the original controllers, and would highly recommend getting the Wico Command Control alternative joysticks, if you can find them (another rare item). The graphics are one of its relative strengths, noticeably better than other pioneering consoles such as the Atari 2600 and Intellivision, and noticeably inferior to other consoles released shortly after such as the NES and Sega Genesis. This puts it into an awkward, transitional category for graphics. Its sound hardware is adequate but distinctively old skool, only very slightly better than the Atari and Intellivision, and narrowly missing the quantum leap in sound hardware improvements which occurred about 5 years later in consoles. Its games include a few great classics like Defender and Centipede, but also some others of the Commodore 64 era such as EPYX Jumpman Junior, Broderbund Choplifter, Miner 2049er, Montezuma's Revenge and others. But a lot of its games are also, well, not really much to get enthused about, due to either poorly drawn graphics or worse, really poor gameplay and awkward controls. In conclusion, I would actually not recommend this system because it is a lukewarm transition between the Atari 2600 to the comprehensive NES, and its present-day rarity of available and inexpensive games make it now today more of a collector's nostalgic item than it is a well-rounded entertainment system. I would stick with an Atari or Intellivision, as well as a Nintendo, SNES or Sega Genesis. The Colecovision is a really neat and unique system but falls short of Nintendo quality. Its full glorious retro-game potential was never fully fulfilled due to a lack of published games for this system (due to its short lifespan time on the market during the 1980 decade), or at least due to a lack, but not total absense, of high quality games, now very hard to find at a thrifty price. For the hard-core Colecovision fan, I would suggest collecting its homebrew games and also the 2012-released 30th anniversary "Super Game Module" hardware expansion for the original Colecovision.
The Colecovision stays true to it's claim of being "The Arcade-Quality System." Hands down, this console has many game titles that other consoles didn't receive. The console's black with silver trim finish is really eye-catching. It's almost as if it is inviting you to play. The console has a similar controller storage found on the Mattel Intellivision with the exception that the controllers on the Colecovision can be unplugged.
Game consoles before the Colecovision, including the Atari 5200 that was released as the Colecovision "killer", did not receive many of the arcade ports that Coleco took a chance on. Many remarkable titles are found only on the Colecovision and play very well. Donkey Kong, Time Pilot, Lady Bug, Space Fury, Venture...the list goes on and on. And Atari did an arcade-perfect translation of Namco's Galaxian for the Colecovision which actually surpasses any Galaxian ports Atari made for their own consoles.
As mentioned, the Colecovision controllers can be disconnected from the console. Surprisingly, for those that don't like the original Colecovision controllers, other controllers like the Sega Master System controllers, Genesis controllers, and the 7800 Control Pads (not the original controllers) will work on this console. Controller add-ons include a Super Action controller that added a very impressive arcade-style joystick, an addition of two fire buttons and a scroll wheel. Also available was the steering wheel controller and Roller Controller (trackball).
Hardware add-ons included a 2600 converter that allows the Colecovision to play Atari 2600 games (Expansion module 1). Other add-ons turn the Colecovision into a full working computer system.
You can't go wrong in owning a Colecovision, but expect a few rare titles to go for a lot of money including Galaxian. This is the only console from the 80s to receive many arcade titles that other console makers refused to produce. Sadly, it feel victim to the Video Game Crash of 1984.
The Colecovision is one of my favorite systems of all time. It bridges the gap between the graphics of the Atari 2600 and Intellivision to the NES and Sega Master System. It falls in between with great ports of arcade games of the time. It came packed with Donkey Kong which is one of the more popular arcade games of the 80s. If it weren't for the gaming crash of 84, I feel Coleco could still be making quality systems for today.
This was the best console for the money...way back when
Nice and extensive selection of games
Some nice add on hardware available
Game play and graphics were far and above anything else at the time
The game controllers were less then expected,thumb controlled,but still playable
All in all,this was a very good system,and although it ultimately had a short life,I think its a system to be remembered.