Memories… I remember saving my dollars and buying, what I thought was, the best Console available. I think it cost me around AUD$300, not sure though, whatever it did cost it was a tonne of cash back then and heaps more than the Atari.
The Intellivision was introduced a few years after the Atari and was the world’s first 16-bit game console. I loved the controllers and their built-in keypad. The games came with an overlay that slid in and covered the keypad. The graphics and sound , wow, there wasn’t anything better.
Here’s a couple of photos (all pics are clickable to full size) of the system and three games that I remember I had, Baseball, Night Stalker, and Space Battle. I am sure I had a heap more but they are the ones I must have played the most. The games shown below are the Overlays for the controllers, the boxes and links to youtube videos of the gameplay (geez, youtube has everything!) . A site, Intellivision Lives, even lets you download around half a dozen of the games free and have even made a Nintendo DS version (although no company has picked it up to sell).
Intellivision – the PS3 of the ’80s !
(BTW, if anyone sees one of these for sale on the Gold Coast, let me know. I would love to have one again.)