25 Facts About Intellivision


Intellivision is a home video game console released by Mattel Electronics in 1979.

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Intellivision was developed at Mattel in Hawthorne, California along with the Mattel Electronics line of handheld electronic games.

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The Intellivision was listed in the nationally distributed JCPenney Christmas 1979 catalog along with seven cartridges.

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GTE Sylvania Intellivision consoles were produced along with Mattel's, differing only by the brand name.

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In Japan, Intellivision consoles were branded by Bandai in 1982, and in Brazil there were Digimed and Digiplay consoles manufactured by Sharp in 1983.

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Once the Intellivision project became successful, software development was brought in-house.

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The original five members of that Intellivision team were Mike Minkoff, Rick Levine, John Sohl, Don Daglow, and manager Gabriel Baum.

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The Intellivision was not marketed as a toy; as such, games such as Sea Battle and B-17 Bomber are not made in the pick-up-and-play format like arcade games.

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Intellivision was designed as a modular home computer, so from the beginning, its packaging, promotional materials, and television commercials, promised the addition of a forthcoming accessory called the Keyboard Component.

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The Intellivision II was initially released without a pack-in game but was later packaged with BurgerTime in the United States and Lock'N'Chase in Canada.

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Users of the original Intellivision missed the ability to find keypad buttons by the tactile feel of the original controller bubble keypad.

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The original Intellivision required a hardware modification, a service provided by Mattel, to work with the System Changer.

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The Intellivision III was to be an upgraded but backward-compatible system, based on a similar CP1610 processor and with an improved graphics STIC chip producing double the resolution with more sprites and colors.

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The price of the Intellivision II was lowered to, and Mattel Electronics was to be a software company.

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INTV Corporation did publish 21 new Intellivision cartridges bringing the Intellivision library to a total of 124 cartridges plus one compilation cartridge.

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Together they have over 100 Intellivision games including never before released King of the Mountain, Takeover, Robot Rubble, League of Light, and others.

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Intellivision Rocks includes Intellivision games made by Activision and Imagic.

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Also in 1997 Intellivision Productions announced they would sell development tools allowing customers to program their own Intellivision games.

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In 2005 Intellivision Productions announced that new Intellivision cartridges were to be produced.

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Previously, in 2000, Intellivision Productions did release new cartridges for the Atari 2600 and Colecovision.

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These Intellivision games were not emulated but rewritten for the native processor and adapted to a contemporary controller.

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Intellivision games were first adapted to mobile phones and published by THQ Wireless in 2001.

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Intellivision Productions has been renamed Blue Sky Rangers Inc and their video game intellectual property has been transferred to Intellivision Entertainment.

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Intellivision described Intellivision as "the most mechanically reliable of the systems… The controller worked with perfect consistency.

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Jeff Rovin lists Intellivision as one of the seven major suppliers of videogames in 1982, and mentions it as "the unchallenged king of graphics", however stating that the controllers can be "difficult to operate", the fact that if a controller breaks the entire unit must be shipped off for repairs, and that the overlays "are sometimes so stubborn as to tempt one's patience".

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