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Intellivision

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The Intellivision console with one controller extended.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

Reunion of the Blue Sky Rangers in 2011, people who worked on Intellivision games.

The Intellivision is based on the General Instruments GIMINI 8900 platform.[1]

Test marketing for the Intellivision occurred in the area around Fresno, California in 1979.[2]

Launch[edit]

The Intellivision was released in 1980.[3]

An internal group of highly paid, hardworking, and secretive team of developers known as the Blue Sky Rangers worked on producing games for the Intellivision through at least 1982.[4]

The Intellivision and the Atari 2600 competed fiercely in the market, leading to the first major console war.[5]

Legacy[edit]

The Intellivision lasted on the market until 1990.[3] The Intellivision sold over 3 million consoles.[6]

Mattel's next console was the HyperScan in 2006.

Technology[edit]

Compute[edit]

The Intellivision had a 16 bit (Though parts were 10 bit) General Instruments CP1610 CPU clocked at 894.886 KHz and 1352 bytes of RAM.[3][7]

The Intellivision output at a resolution of 160 by 196 pixels with 16 colors.[3]

Software[edit]

PlayCable[edit]

The Intellivision had an online service called PlayCable that operated from 1980 to 1983 that allowed downloading games over a cable TV connection.[7]

Third Party Lockout[edit]

The Intellivision II was released in 1982, featuring a ROM that ineffectively tried to keep third parties who were not licensed from making games for the system.[8][9] This was among the first lockout methods used on a major console, and would refuse to boot unless a Mattel copyright screen was shown, though because this was implemented while the console had already been on the market, it caused incompatibility with some prior official games.[9]

Notable Games[edit]

125 games were released on the Intellivision.[3]

Gallery[edit]

Mattel Intellivision[edit]

Sears Tele Games Super Video Arcade[edit]

Redesigns[edit]

Accessories[edit]

References[edit]