Mattel Intellivision
Mattel Intellivision

The Mattel Intellivision was test released in 1979 by Mattel Electronics, and was the first Video Games Console to have a 16Bit processor. The console had a 4K Internal Rom system, and was based on a General Instruments Chipset. The console came with two hand controllers built in which sported a twelve button keypad, four action keys and a direction disc. At the time when Atari was the only other major video game manufacturer, this control pad was very unusual.

General release went ahead in 1980, with four cartridges: Poker & Blackjack, Math Fun, Armour Battle, and Backgammon. The original price was $299 which was double the cost of Atari's game console, but this didn't affect sales - nearly 200,000 units were sold in the first year. With the promise of an imminent keyboard add-on which would turn the console too, consumers were interested in the new video games console.

In 1981 Mattel went ahead with an aggressive advertisement campaign, which proclaimed the Intellivision better than the number one selling consoles at the time - the Atari VCS (later the Atari 2600). This in turn generated a lot of media coverage of the 'war' between the two consoles, which in fairness did neither of them any harm. By the end of its second year the Intellivision had sold close to one million consoles.

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Journey into a land of treasure, adventure and dark, dark danger. Lead a 3 man expedition through winding mountain caverns, in search of tools and arrows. Within the caverns, deadly monsters lie in wait. Slay the monsters, overcome the obstacles of a hostile land and enter the legendary cloudy kingdom.
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The search for treasure leads to high adventure, as you wind through an underground maze of corridors, gates, hidden doors, ladders and rooms. Inside the maze are weapons, magical items, spiritual books... and the Tarmin Treasure! But beware. Within these walls also lurk deadly monsters and horrifying beasts... including the repulsiove Minotaur...
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It's armoured conflict and you command the spearhead! Combat missions galore in this computerised tank battle! Manoeuvre two tanks through hundreds of different terrains!
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You're in command of a battery of laser guns. You have unlimited ammo and a lot of targets! You can roll up big scores by hitting a spectacular barrage of falling rocks, bombs, guided missiles and attacking UFOs.
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Grand Prix action awaits you at every turn. Choose from five different courses, five different cars. Then take the controls. Zoom down straightaways, clip curves, make a fast break around hairpin turns. You're the driver - the race is on.
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Europe 1943. You control a B-17 flying fortress. Your mission: select a 'target of opportunity' fly to it, drop your bombs and return safely to base. Enemy fighters try to shoot you down and flak bursts in the sky as you start your bomb run. The voices of your crew announce approaching fighters planes & targets, as you play pilot, machine...
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A real battle of wits and strategy! It's you against the computer in this test of imagination, skill, and luck! Designed to help improve beginner and intermediate skills as well as providing a real test for the champion player.
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Horrible Hank has grabbed Tiny Mabel and climbed the old Mutton Building. Only Bashful Buford can save her. Help him scale the building - but watch out for those falling boulders! Birds and bats swoop down on Buford, and he leaps over scurrying rats. If Buford catches a heart Tiny Mabel throws him, he becomes invincible.
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First select one of ten conditions of alley slickness. Pick your own ball weight. Control your aim, curve and loft, and deliver the ball - to go for the strike pocket! This is electronic high precision bowling at its best!
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The strategy and excitement of real ring action! Punches and counterpunches, plus a variety of quick moves as two fighters face each other. Win by knockout or 15 rounds to a decision. Put yourself at ringside!
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Your chef is battling for his life in the fast paced world of fast food. He scurries up ladders and across planks in a frantic effort to build delicious hamburgers. Horrible hot dogs, evil eggs, and perilous pickles constantly try to surround and trap him.
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Bees to the right of you! Bees to the left of you! Bees above you! Bees, Bees everywhere! Boldly into the flower garden you charge with your spray can, blasting those little Buzz Bombers into oblivion. Red honeycombs and yellow honeycombs checker your screen, trapping bees. Your friendly Hummingbirds darts in and out of honeycombs eating honey and...
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It's just like an old fashioned shooting gallery! Fire away at clay pipes, dancing bears and sitting ducks! But keep an eye on those ducks, because they sometimes come to life when they reach the end of the gallery and avenge themselves by eating from your limited supply of ammunition.
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Challenge Tradition! Beat a friend electronically for practice. Then go for it against the Ultimate Checker Player - a Wiley computer who asks and gives no quarter.
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Eerie creatures launch an assault against Moon Station Tranquillity. Use your Laser Cannon to blast them - or they'll devastate Earth! Waves of demons circle the lunar surface, bombarding Earth's last outpost. Resist their dive bombing blitz. Fire into their ranks and shatter their raid.
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Donkey Kong the ape has stolen Mario's girlfriend and has taken her to the top of a steel fortress. Mario must get to the top to save her! Use the controls to manoeuvre Mario across the girders and up the ladders. But - as he runs, the ape throws barrels at him to prevent his progress.
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You are Count Dracula. Rise from your resting place in the graveyard and fly into the night! Travel in two forms - as a man or a bat. Wolves hound you when you are in human form, and vultures snatch at the bat you can become. You've got to sink your teeth into a victim soon. You're growing paler and slowing down. Constables throw stakes that'll...
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Sixty hard-driving minutes of gridiron action! (Simulated time.) Every play a new challenge! This is it! The pressure-cooking fever of a real game! America's most exciting video game! You call your offensive plays while your opponent sets the defence!
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Sitting upon two lily pads in the middle of a lily pond are a pair of hungry frogs; one for you, one for your opponent. Overhead swarm delicious flies. Whether or not your frog scores his dinner while you rack up points is entirely up to you. You control the height and direction of his jump; even the flick of his long pink tongue. Leap too high or...
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Based on the popular Arcade Game from Sega. Life isn't all lazy days and lily pads for a frog - it abounds with dangers. Guide your frantic frog home to safety in a madcap dash across a busy highway and a treacherous river. Fast and furious action is guaranteed to keep things hopping.
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A demanding 9-hole course! You'll need all the concentration, control and strategy you can muster to come in under par. Sand traps, rough, water - this course has them all! Play medal or match, singles or best ball. Even figure your own handicap.
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The speed and thrills of blazing hockey action on the ice! Animated players battle for the puck! You and your opponent start with the face-off at centre ice, skate everywhere on the rink, shoot and score goals!
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Have an exciting Day at the races as you watch a stable of electronic thoroughbreds run 10 times! Two players become jockeys, trying to out sprint and out manoeuvre each other and the computer's horses. Simulated betting action and racing thrills show you why this is the sport of kings.
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Survive the treacherous tundra filled with stampeding caribou and encounter the raging arctic river. You must make it across for the Ice Palace awaits! To free the Aurora, it's fire against ice on a slippery field of battle!
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Guide the Ladybug around the maze. Eat hearts and lettuce to increase your score. New enemies enter the maze when the border is lit. Move the maze doors to escape enemies, but avoid the poisonous skulls. Each new maze becomes more difficult; enemies moving faster but rewards are greater.
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Blackjack! Five Card Stud Poker! Seven Card Stud Poker! Five Card Draw Poker! You play against a shifty eyed, computer-smart dealer. Fast playing, pretend stakes! Action direct from Las Vegas - A Casino in a cartridge!
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