The Intellivision is a second-generation console made by Mattel that competed with the likes of the Atari 2600. It was released in 1979 and discontinued in 1990. It amassed a respectable library of games.
It was also distributed in Japan by Bandai in 1982.
Why It Rocks
- It was the first true 16-bit system (yes, really) but its processor ran at a low 894 Khz.
- Overlays for the controllers allowed you to see what each button did for each game, think about it, the NES was powerful enough to have menus in-game, but the Intellivision gave you them right on the controller.
- Hardware allowed for some scaling and extremely smooth animation.
- Very durable, not prone to breakage.
- Cheap to buy nowadays.
- Abundance of very good sports games.
- Analogue directional disk allows for 16-directions, and smooth movement.
- Games more focused on getting high scores, adding tons or replay value and a competitive aspect.
- The IntelliVoice voice synthesis module added voices to compatible games, making it the very first console to do so.
- To this very day, there is still an active homebrew market for the Intellivison. If you want to buy homebrews or find out how to make your own, go here: Link
- The controller is mediocre, since it's quite hard to get used to, and its shape feels awkward.
- On the original revision of the Intellivision, the controllers are connected directly to the motherboard, and the controller's cable is rather short; to replace the controller, one has to disassemble the console. Later revisions of the console used conventional detachable controllers.