Get Ready for the real… COLECOVISION FLASHBACK!!!!!

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Hey Arcaders!

I have some great news for this holiday season- The COLECOVISION is coming out… AGAIN!!!! You young-ins are probably asking yourself- What the heck is a Colecovision?

Well, the Colecovision was a super awesome gaming system during the second gen wave of consoles that were out in the early 80’s (The Atari VCS and Intelivision were part of this generation.)

What made this system different from the others were two things-

One- it’s impressive specs- no system at that time had this much power- check this out!

all equals- almost arcade quality graphics (an amazing feat for it’s time!)

This bad boy could even do INTERLACED VIDEO! Whats that? well, it could play a video generated background behind the games graphics- simply put- IT HAD THE CAPABILITY TO PLAY LASER DISC GAMES!!!!!

Two- By the time the Colecovision was released, Atari and Mattel had a very strong foothold in the market- so what does Coleco do? Pick up every arcade title they could! Even The mighty DONKEY KONG is ported over to the Colecovision  ( it’s a great translation that still holds up today! ) also the make several modules to the system- One lets you play ATARI VCS GAMES!!!!

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This is the very first ad I had seen for Colecovision in 1982! Just seeing a home version of Donkey Kong was enough to want this thing!!!!!

Well, where do I come into this story? In August of 1982. With that ad just above in Electronic Games Magazine. A new system- That can play ALL MY ATARI GAMES? WHERE DO I PUT MY MONEY? Of course I asked for one for Christmas- but alas, it was not to be.

Then, the game crash started… Coleco released the ADAM computer add on for Colecovision… but it was too late. the greatest second gen system was put on the shelf and forgotten by many (except by die hard collectors like me.)

Come forward almost 20 years to the date of the game crash, and we get this on the web-

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WHAAAAAAAA? A commercial site… FOR COLECO? AND IT MENTIONS COLECOVISION SPECIFICALLY? are we actually getting a new Colecovision? Well… NO. River West Brands keep promising a system that will let us and our children

” embrace the classic gaming of the past ”  but what we get is this..

col web 2 copyCrummy gaming handhelds that everyone is manufacturing.

Then this comes out-

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Is this the Colecovision they kept promising us? poorly made cheap plastic, dreadful controls, daisy chained controllers, and.. AWFUL SPORTS GAMES THAT WEREN’T ON THE SYSTEM?

Well. I guess this isn’t happening now.

Flash forward to June of this year and I see an ad on the Toys R’ Us website-

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After all this time – Is it real?   YES IT IS!!!

And this is what we know so far-

Official games list-

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In addition, a 61st bonus game, Antarctic Adventure, will be available in an exclusive version at Dollar General. Sam’s Club will have a version with the standard selection of 60 games, but a handful of additional overlays. This info came for the awesome Bill Loguidice! And he’s always been right on the money! Of course, No DK games on it. But if it is like any of the other AtGames releases, it may be hacked- possibly with a cartridge slot!

Take a look at this bad boy-

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 So… after 30 years, that’s all we know for now… Product testing should begin this month- and we will bring that to you as well. Release date will be announced soon as well. Price- $39.99! Seems like a great deal! More news as we get it!

KEEP PLAYIN’ LIKE IT’S 1981!!!!

What If #2- Dragon’s Lair Handheld by Coleco- circa 1983/84

Hey Gang! Sorry for the delay in the next post-  I started feeling a little under the weather about a month ago, and after a few tests- lo and behold a 1cm kidney stone logged in where it shouldn’t be! After out patient surgery last Tuesday, I’m starting to feel a bit better!

Any who, the first podcast I will be editing this week so it should be up soon (editing down 2 hours of talking to myself and adding sound effects is a lot harder than it sounds!)

So I thought I would do a mini What If review- on Dragon’s Lair!

Well Dragon’s Lair needs no introduction or comprehensive review (there’s a ton of reviews- pick one!) but where I want to go is the latter end of 1983/84 where the road for games in general looked very uncertain for the industry who’s  fiscal totals just one year earlier  were so rosy, the movie industry was the one who was very rocky because of it. Coleco had secured the home rights for a port of Dragon’s Lair (and to this day holds up very well) but even Coleco itself was in the beginnings of a tailspin as the Adam computer was released to lackluster reviews. fortunately for them they had the Cabbage Patch kid to fall back on that Christmas. But what if they had something else? Would it have helped Coleco to fight another day?

Their own mini arcade units had sold millions and had help fund the Colecovision but What If they had rolled the dice on the mini arcade just one time and had released the

And the result- just some promotional  ads found in a dumpster after the debacle that was CES 83′

These pictures pose 2 questions-

1: Are they real (no, so really just one question)

1-a: could this be done today- YES!

one good hacker with lots of time, and old Coleco mini arcade that doesn’t work, an old Nintendo DS they could scrap, and a copy of Dragons Lair for the DS (which plays great I might add) some new outer shell stickers and I think it would be what Coleco could have done if given the tools of today in 1983… it would be awesome!

KEEP PLAYIN’ LIKE IT’s 1981!

Raygunn