Colecovision

The Colecovision was another of the great consoles from the early eighties. The console was released in 1982 in the United States by Coleco (formerly the COnnecticut LEather COmpany) who had had some earlier dealings in the video game market with their Telstar game unit, a simple Pong close that they released in 1976. CBS were the company responsible for sales and marketing in Europe.

The Telstar console had initially sold well, but missed the Christmas sales peak due to striking dock workers and experienced a number of other problems. The company lost over $20 million dollars on the Telstar, but were determined to press ahead into the video game market nonetheless.

Coleco had contacted the Japanese company Nintendo and secured the rights to produce a console version of their arcade hit 'Donkey Kong' for a princely $250,000. The console manufacturers promised 'arcade quality' games, and better sound and graphics than the two other main consoles of the time, the Atari & the Intellivision. This proved to be a fair description - the console outperformed both the Atari & Mattel machines on all aspects, sound, graphics & power.

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The Colecovision sold almost 1 million units in its first year, which was unheard of at the time for any consoles initial year. While the Atari & Mattel machines were enjoying good sales figures, they had been slow to get where they were. By 1983 the Colecovision was outselling them both.

Another selling point of the console, was the Expansion Pack Module #1. This expansion pack was an add-on that connected to the Colecovision, and allowed the owner to play Atari 2600 Games through their Colecovision. This dramatically increased the back catalogue of titles available to the machine. The company promised a similar add-on for the Intellivision, which would give 100% compatibility of games currently on the market.

Unfortunately, this never came about. Coleco had poured all the profits from the Colecovision into their new Adam Home Computer. The Adam was an attempt by Coleco to crack the Home Computer market - sales of the Colecovision had started to dip due to some parents concerns that video games consoles were bad for their children. The Adam was the solution to this; while the console still played all the Colecovision games, it also had all the educational benefits that came with a home computer.

Unfortunately, the initial release was more than problematic - over 50% of machines had to be returned from new. This coupled with the high price tag for the computer meant sales plummeted (well, in reality, they never plummeted as they never reached any decent numbers) and eventually Coleco pulled out of the Computer & Video games market all together in 1984.

Given that the market was collapsing at the time, this would have happened anyway, and Coleco managed to survive on sales of its Cabbage Patch Dolls, if only for a short while. Over the next few years the company went from a profit of millions to losses of millions. The company eventually filed for bankruptcy in 1989.

The Colecovision may have been short lived, but produced some of the most accurate Arcade conversions of its time. Games from Nintendo, Sega & Universal remain pretty faithful to their coin-operated counterparts. Notable games are Mr Do!, Gyruss, Donkey Kong & Looping.

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Colecovision Super Action Controllers Loose

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Comes with Super Action Football game cartridge and manual
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£40.00
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£40.00

The Super Action Controllers are a set of controllers resembling a pair of boxing gloves each with joystick and numeric keypad on top and a series of buttons along the grip. These controllers are loose, tested and working.

Colecovision Roller Controller Boxed

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Complete with Slither game cartridge and manual
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£50.00
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£50.00

The Roller Controller is a trackball style controller packaged with a port of the arcade game Slither, a Centipede style game. Can also be used with some dedicated games like Victory or to enhance the gameplay of previously published cartridges which benefitted from its trackball system such as Wargames. Boxed and complete.

Colecovision Expansion Module 2 Loose

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£25.00
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£25.00

The Colecovision Expansion Module 2 is a great steering wheel and accelerator pedal add on for your Colecovision that lets you experience racing games like never before. This item is unboxed, has been tested and works fine. Requires 4 AA Batteries to operate (not included).

Colecovision Expansion Module 2 Boxed

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£0.00
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£0.00

The Colecovision Expansion Module 2 is a great steering wheel and accelerator pedal add on for your Colecovision that lets you experience racing games like never before. The unit comes boxed with Turbo game cartridge, has been tested and works fine. Requires 4 AA Batteries to operate (not included).

Colecovision Expansion Module 1 Boxed

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Box: 
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£50.00
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£50.00

The Colecovision Expansion Module 1 allows you to play all your favourite Atari 2600 games on the CBS Colecovision. The module comes boxed and has been tested and works fine.

Colecovision AV Modified Console Loose

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£150.00
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£150.00

The Colecovision comes with great sound and more colours than any other console of its time. The console has had an AV mod on it to improve the picture quality and allow it to be played on newer TV's. This console comes unboxed with a Joystick, AV Leads and Power Supply.

Colecovision Console Boxed

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£200.00
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£200.00

The Colecovision comes with great sound and more colours than any other console of its time. Packed with Nintendo's Donkey Kong, this console comes boxed with all instructions, leads & power supply.

Wing War

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This game is the plastic box version.
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£18.00
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£18.00

Deep underground a mystical flying dragon is born. Its den shelters the eggs from which new life will come. Danger lurks beyond but the dragon lives for conquest and crystals that can give it mire power. The dragon flies out to a world of mortal enemies: spiders, bats, swarms of killer bees, fire hurling demons, deadly Griffins, hydra-headed monsters, entangling ropers and more. It's a fight for survival of the fastest. The volcano spews crystals. Water crystals lie near lakes. And Air crystals float down like bubbles. In a secret tunnel a special reassure awaits the Dragon. But it's guarded by the toughest enemy of all!

Tutankham

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£35.00
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£35.00

An archaeologist's dream caome true… to explore the underground burial chambers inside King Tut's tomb and to recover his fabulous treasure. But do you dare? Ancient and eerie creatures roam the maze-like passageways ready to defend the treasures you most desire. Can you stop them with your laser gun and snatch the loot before it is too late? For the really daring…find the keys that unlock the doors to four different burial chambers. Feel the tension mount as you descend deeper and deeper, facing new creatures in every chamber and ever-increasing odd. Suspense, surprise and the supernatural await you at every turn when you enter…King Tut's tomb!

War Room

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This game is the plastic box version.
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£15.00
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£15.00

War Room is a simulation of the computerised war game scenarios played out at the highest level of the world superpowers. It is an extremely graphic and realistic representation of a nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia which demonstrates why no responsible government would want to resort to nuclear warfare in any other than game form.

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