What is it?

While the Atari 2600 was undeniably more popular, and had most of the superior action games, the Intellivison had an excellent catalogue of adventure, strategy and sports games. While the controllers were awkward (using the "control disk" instead of a joystick felt very imprecise, and the teeny action buttons were pathetic) they had a redeeming feature - a keypad with overlays that were customized for each game. This allowed much more complicated games, which were a lot closer to the games coming out on computer systems.

I still like the Atari 2600 better, both for the nostalgia factor, and the brilliant ways the system could be exploited by clever programmers, but the Intellivision certainly had it's own valuable place in early video game history.

What do you have in your collection?

I've got both a classic Intellivision (which seems to crash fairly frequently) and the much smaller Intellivision II. I also have about 40 unique cartridges for the system.

What are you doing with it?

Occasionally I play games on it. Many thanks to David H. who emailed me the Truckin' instructions!


None at this time.

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Last Update: 2003.12.13
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