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Intro to the Intellivision

I never owned an Intellivision as a kid, whenn they originally came to market. I was all about Atari and couldn't afford the system or buying games for the 2600 as well. A friend of mine got one for Christmas, but I saw most of the games a s knock-offs of my Atari favorites. They did excel at sports titles, but that may have been a conclusion based on how truly awful Atari sports games were.

Intellivision - Technical Specifications

The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. Development of the console began in 1978, less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the Atari 2600. The word intellivision is a portmanteau of "intelligent television". Over 3 million Intellivision units were sold and a total of 125 games were released for the console.

The Intellivision was developed by Mattel Electronics, a subsidiary of Mattel formed expressly for the development of electronic games. The console was test marketed in Fresno, California, in 1979 with a total of four games available,[6] and was released nationwide in 1980 with a price tag of US$299 and a pack-in game: Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack. Though not the first system to challenge Atari, it was the first to pose a serious threat to Atari's dominance. A series of advertisements featuring George Plimpton were produced, that demonstrated the superiority of the Intellivision's graphics and sound to those of the Atari 2600, using side-by-side game comparisons.


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