Intellivision FAQ v6.0 Mattel Intellivision Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ----------------------------------------------------- Version 5.5 and earlier by Larry Anderson, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Version 6.0 by Ryan Amos(email@example.com) Copyright (c) 1995, 1996 Larry Anderson, 2003 by Ryan Amos All right reserved. This document may be copied, in whole or in part, by any means provided the copyright and contributors sections remain intact and no fee is charged for the information. Contributors retain the copyright to their individual contributions. The data herein is provided for informational purposes only. No warranty is made with regards to the accuracy of this information. These people, either knowingly or unknowingly, helped contribute information to this FAQ: John Bindel Jeff Bogumil James Carter Greg Chance Jeff Coleburn John Dullea Clint Dyer Allan Hammill Ed Hornchek William Howald Joe Huber Jerry Greiner Sean Kelly Ken Kirkby Galen Komatsu Barry Laws Jr Ralph Linne Matthew Long Doug M William Moeller Craig Pell Russ Perry Jr. Robert Poniatowski David Tipton Paul Thurrott Keith Robinson Steven Roode Joe Santulli Laury Scott Lee K. Seitz Chris Williams Jeremy Wilson ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATES to Version 6.0 - added info on: 3.5 Bandai Intellivision 3.16 Intellivision Testing Unit 4.5 Software for the Bandai Intellivision 5.2 Intellivision IV 7.7 Simple Mod for INTV Controllers 9.1 Commercial Emulators 9.2 Non-Commercial Emulators ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table Of Contents: 1.0) General Information 1.1 - A Brief History of the Mattel Intellivision 1.2 - Timeline 2.0) Technical Information 2.1 - General Hardware Specs 2.2 - Processor Specs 2.3 - Graphics Specs 2.4 - Operating System Specs 3.0) Hardware Descriptions 3.1 - Intellivision Master Component 3.2 - Sears Super Video Arcade 3.3 - Radio Shack Tandyvision One 3.4 - Sylvania Intellivision 3.5 - Bandai Intellivision 3.6 - Intellivoice Voice Synthesis Module 3.7 - Intellivision II 3.8 - INTV System III 3.9 - Computer Adaptor 3.10 - Entertainment Computer System 3.11 - Music Synthesizer 3.12 - System Changer 3.13 - Joystick Substitutes 3.14 - Compro Electronic Videoplexer 3.15 - PlayCable 3.16 - Intellivision Testing Unit 4.0) Cartridge Listing 4.1 - Released Titles 4.2 - Unreleased (or rumored) titles 4.3 - Unreleased (or rumored) titles for the ECS 4.4 - Unreleased titles for the original Computer Exp. Module 4.5 - Software for the Bandai Intellivision 4.6 - Easter Eggs, Cheats and Tips 4.7 - Information regarding Unreleased Titles & Hardware 4.8 - Information regarding Label & Box Variations 5.0) Vaporware, Trivia, and Miscellanea 5.1 - Intellivision III 5.2 - Intellivision IV 5.3 - INTV Corp. Games 5.4 - Trivia and Fun Facts 6.0) Electronic Resources, Books and Magazines 6.1 - Internet Resources 6.2 - Books 6.3 - Magazines 7.0) Repair Information 7.1 - Hand Controllers 7.2 - Cartridge Problems 7.3 - Console Disassembly 7.4 - General Troubleshooting 7.5 - Pinouts for INTV Controller 7.6 - Fixing INTV II Controllers 7.7 - Simple Mod for INTV II Controllers 7.8 - You've really messed up and are wondering what to do... 8.0) Programmer Interviews 8.1 - Daniel Bass 8.2 - Ray Kaestner 8.3 - Patrick Jost 9.0) Intellivision Emulators 9.1 - Commercial Emulators 9.2 - Non-Commercial Emulators ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.0) General Information: ========================== 1.1 - A Brief History of the Mattel Intellivision ------------------------------------------------- At the end of 1979, Mattel Electronics (a division of Mattel Toys) released a video game system known as Intellivision along with 12 video game cartridges. Poised as a competitor to the then king of the hill Atari 2600, Mattel Electronics called their new product "Intelligent Television", stemming largely from their marketing plans to release a compatible computer keyboard for their video games console. Mattel's marketing was anything *but* intelligent and almost destroyed the company by 1984. In one sense the system was very successful, with over 3 million units sold and 125 games released before the system was discontinued by INTV Corp. in 1990. The original Master Component was test marketed in Fresno, California in late 1979. The response was excellent, and Mattel went national with their new game system in late 1980. The first year's production run of 200,000 units was completely sold out! To help enhance it's marketability, Mattel also marketed the system in Sears stores as the Super Video Arcade, and at Radio Shack as the Tandyvision One in the early 1980's. 1980 was a turbulent year for the Intellivision. Mattel announced that an "inexpensive" keyboard expansion would be available in 1981 for the master component to be dropped into. This was to turn the system into a powerful 64K home computer that could do everything from play games to balance your checkbook. There was a great deal of marketing money and press coverage devoted to this unit; a third of the box for the GTE/Sylvania Intellivision describes the features of this proposed expansion. Many people bought an Intellivision with plans to turn it into a computer when the expansion module was released. Months, then years passed and the original expansion keyboard was released only in a few test areas in late 1981. With the price too high and the initial reaction poor, the product was scrapped in 1982 before being released nationwide. 1982 saw many changes in both the videogame industry and the Intellivision product line. A voice-synthesis module called Intellivoice made sound and speech and integral part of gameplay, through the use of special voice- enhanced cartridges. The Intellivision II was also released this year, which one company spokesperson described as "smaller and lighter that the original, yet with the same powerful 16-bit microprocessor". The new console was more compact than the first, and its grayish body made it look more like a sophisticated electronic device than the original design. 1983 brought more promises from the folks at Mattel, the most significant of which being the Intellivision III. This was shown off at the January 1983 CES show, and lauded in the videogame mags for many months afterwards. In June of 1983 at the Summer CES show, Mattel announced it was killing the Intellivision III and including most of its high-profile features into their long-awaited computer expansion, the Entertainment Computer System. Probably the most ambitious effort the Intellivision team had undertaken, the Entertainment Computer System was comprised of a computer keyboard add-on, a 49-key music synthesizer, ram expansion for the keyboard add-on to expand it to a full 64K RAM and 24K ROM, a data recorder to store programs, a 40-column thermal printer, and an adapter which would allow you to play Atari 2600 games on your Intellivision. The RAM expansion modules, data recorder, and thermal printer never made it past the drawing board, and the music synthesizer had but one software title to take advantage of its capabilities. While the 2600 adapter greatly expanded the library of available games, much of the steam this generated had already been stolen by Coleco's own expansion module. 1984 would spell the end of the original Intellivision as the world knew it. Terry E. Valeski, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Mattel Electronics, along with a group of investors, purchased the assets, trademarks, patents, and right to the Intellivision in January of 1984 for $16.5 million dollars. The purchase was backed by financing from Tangible Industries, a division of Revco Drug Stores, The newly formed company was originally called Intellivision, Inc., and later renamed INTV, Inc., after Valeski negotiated all rights from Revco in November of 1984. During the next two years, the new company would lie dormant while plans were being made for a re-emergence. In the fall of 1985, the INTV System III (also called the Super Pro System) appeared at Toys 'R Us, Kiddie City, and in a mail order catalog sent to owners of the original Intellivision direct from INTV. The new console was of the same general design as the original master component, except it sported a fresh black plastic shell with brushed aluminum trim. Several new games accompanied the release of the new system, and 1985 would register over $6 million dollars in sales worldwide, indicating that INTV Corp. had indeed revived the Intellivision. INTV continued to market games and repair services through the mail with great success. Between 1985 and 1990 over 35 new games were released, bringing the Intellivision's game library to a total of 125 titles. Many more changes were to come during the final six years of Intellivision's useful life. In 1987, an improved master component called the INTV System IV was shown at the January CES, which sported detachable controllers and a timing device. Unfortunately, this never saw the light either. In the fall of 1988, INTV re-introduced the computer keyboard adapter through their mail order catalog on a limited quantity basis. In 1990, INTV discontinued retail sales of their games and equipment and sold them only through the mail channels. The change in marketing was due to agreements with Nintendo and Sega to become a software vendor for the NES, Game Boy and Genesis. In 1991, INTV sold out its stock of Intellivision games and consoles, and the company, along with the Intellivision, gradually faded into black. 1.2 - Timeline -------------- 1979 - Intellivision is test marketed 1980 - Mattel Intellivision released nationally, Computer Expansion announced 1982 - Computer Expansion Module scrapped due to high cost and poor response 1982 - Intellivoice released 1983 - Intellivision II released 1983 - Entertainment Computer System released, many peripherals. announced 1983 - 2600 System Changer released 1983 - Intellivision III announced 1983 - The videogame market begins to crash 1983 - Intellivision III dropped 1984 - The videogame market bottoms out 1984 - Mattel sells the Intellivision rights to VP Marketing T.E. Valeski and investors, forming INTV Corp. 1985 - INTV III released, along with new Intellivision titles. Aggressive retail and mail marketing result in $6 million worldwide sales that year 1987 - INTV IV announced, to be scrapped later 1990 - INTV Corp. discontinues retail sales, markets through mail only 1991 - INTV Corp. sells off its remaining Intellivision stock 2.0) Technical Information: ============================ 2.1 - General Hardware Specs ---------------------------- Intellivision Master Component (these apply to the clones as well) ------------------------------ CPU: GI 16 bit microprocessor Memory: 7K internal ROM, RAM and I/O structures, remaining 64k address space available for external programs. Controls: 12 button numeric key pad, four action keys, 16 direction disk Sound: Sound generator capable of 3 part harmony with programmable ASDR envelopes. Color: 16 Resolution: 192v x 160h pixels 2.2 - Processor Specs --------------------- (Author's note: Most of this information was captured off the net two years ago, would the original author please speak up and maybe help me clean up this info?? =) ) GI 1600, running at something like 500KHz. Processor has 16 bit registers, uses 16 bit RAM, and has 10 (yes, 10) bit instructions. Intellivision cartridges contain ROMs that are 10 bits wide. Ten bits are called a decle, and half that is a nickle. There were 160 bytes of RAM, I think (general purpose RAM -- there is also RAM used by the graphics chip for character bitmaps and to tell what is where on the screen). The CPU was strange. For example, if you did two ROTATE LEFT instructions, followed by a ROTATE RIGHT BY 2 (rotates could be by one or two), you did NOT end up with the original word. The top two bits were swapped! Ken Kirkby also has this to add: "The GI CP1600 was developed as a joint venture in the early seventies between GI and Honeywell. One of the first commercial uses of the CP1600 was its incorporation into Honeywell's TDC2000, the first distributed control system, prototypes existed in late '74 I think. Honeywells then Test Instrument Division also incorporated into a Cardiac Catheterisation system called MEDDARS which was released for sale about 1979. The CP1600 was definitely a 16 bit chip." John Dullea dug this information up during a stroll at his local library: In the Penn State Library I found a book called "An Introduction to Microcomputers, Vol. 2: Some Real MicroProcessors", By Adam Osborne, Osborne & Associates, Inc., 1978. ISBN: 0-931998-15-2. Library of Congress catalogue card #: 76-374891. It has lots of info on the CP1600/1610 CPU in the Intellivision in chapter 16 Here are the pinouts of the CPU: +------------------+ ____ EBCI ---+ 1 40 +--- PCIT _____ | | MSYNC ---+ 2 39 +--- GND | | BC1 ---+ 3 38 +--- (PHI)1 | | BC2 ---+ 4 37 +--- (PHI)2 | | BDIR ---+ 5 36 +--- VDD | | D15 ---+ 6 35 +--- VBB | | D14 ---+ 7 34 +--- VCC | | D13 ---+ 8 33 +--- BDRDY | | _____ D12 ---+ 9 32 +--- STPST | | _____ D11 ---+ 10 31 +--- BUSRQ | | D10 ---+ 11 30 +--- HALT | | _____ D9 ---+ 12 CP1600 29 +--- BUSAK | CPU | ____ D8 ---+ 13 28 +--- INTR | | _____ D0 ---+ 14 27 +--- INTRM | | D1 ---+ 15 26 +--- TCI | | D7 ---+ 16 25 +--- EBCA0 | | D6 ---+ 17 24 +--- EBCA1 | | D5 ---+ 18 23 +--- EBCA2 | | D4 ---+ 19 22 +--- EBCA3 | | D3 ---+ 20 21 +--- D2 +------------------+ D0-D15 ............... Data and address bus ................ Tristate, bidirectional BDIR, BC1, BC2 ....... Bus control signals ................. Output (PHI)1,(PHI)2 ........ Clock signals ....................... Input _____ MSYNC ................ Master synchronization .............. Input EBCA0-EBCA3 .......... External branch condition addr lines Output EBCI ................. External branch condition input ..... Input ____ PCIT ................. Program Counter inhibit/software .... Input interrupt signal ____ BDRDY ................ WAIT ................................ Input _____ STPST ................ CPU stop or start on high-to-low .... Input transition HALT ................. Halt state signal ................... Output ____ _____ INTR, INTRM .......... Interrupt request lines ............. Input TCI .................. Terminate current interrupt ......... Output _____ BUSRQ ................ Bus request ......................... Input _____ BUSAK ................ External bus control acknowledge .... Output VBB, VCC, VDD, GND ... Power and ground Whew!!! Now... Looking at the logic board in the Intellivision unit (original model 2609) reveals a number of (important) chips: Sound ............. AY-3-8914 ................ 40-pin ROM ............... RO-3-9503-003 ............ 40-pin ROM ............... RO-3-9502-011 ............ 40-pin Color ............. AY-3-8915 ................ 18-pin And, of course, there is the cartridge ROM: ROM ............... AY-3-9504-021 ............ 28-pin In addition, there are three 40-pin chips that have heat sinks epoxied on top. Now, you may try this, but be EXTREMELY careful (or just listen to what I found): I carefully removed the three heat-sunk chips and looked at them; they have designations on the bottom! STIC .............. AY-3-8900-1 .............. 40-pin RAM ............... RA-3-9600 ................ 40-pin CPU ............... CP-1610 .................. 40-pin +----- hello! Having the CPU location and pinouts, one can use an ohmmeter to map the pins to the cartridge pins: (looking AT the cartridge, not the Intellivision unit) You probably should double-check this, but I obviously can't accept any responsibility for any damage to your Master Component. (I'm not 100% sure about the assignments for VCC and GND) TOP BOTTOM NC GND _____ NC MSYNC NC D7 GND D8 GND D6 GND D9 NC D5 GND D10 GND D4 GND D11 GND D3 GND D12 GND D13 GND D2 NC D14 *1 D1 *2 D0 *3 D15 *3 *3 *2 *2 *1 *1 GND VCC All *x pins are connected; cartridges have a loop on the top row connecting them, and the connector in the Intellivision unit connects the top row *x pins to those on the bottom row. Internally, *x pins are connected as follows: *1 ............ STIC pin 7 *2 ............ STIC pin 6 *3 ............ STIC pin 8 There may be other connections to them as well; I don't know why they connect to the ROM pins. However, considering the system changer's ability to route in external video, having pins going to the STIC seems to make some sense. I suspect that they may switch the ROM from address write mode to data read mode (like the three bus control lines on the CPU, maybe). Mapping this to the ROM pinouts, you get: +-------------------+ VCC ---+ 1 28 +--- STIC pin 7 | | NC ---+ 2 27 +--- STIC pin 6 | | NC ---+ 3 26 +--- STIC pin 8 | | D15 ---+ 4 25 +--- D0 | | NC ---+ 5 24 +--- D1 | | D14 ---+ 6 23 +--- D2 | | D13 ---+ 7 22 +--- NC | | D12 ---+ 8 21 +--- D3 | | D11 ---+ 9 20 +--- D4 | | D10 ---+ 10 19 +--- D5 | | NC ---+ 11 18 +--- NC | | D9 ---+ 12 17 +--- D6 | | D8 ---+ 13 16 +--- D7 _____ | | MSYNC ---+ 14 15 +--- GND +-------------------+ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please note that the chapter mentioned above has all opcode and register info, as well as timing information for the CP1600/1600A/1610 CPUs. 2.3 - Graphics Specs -------------------- 160x92 pixels, 16 colors, 8 sprites (they were called "moving objects" rather than sprites). I don't recall the sprite size -- I think it was 16x16. Sprites could be drawn with oversize pixels (I think they could be linearly doubled or quadrupled, but again, memory is hazy). Graphics is character based. The screen is twelve rows of twenty characters. Characters either come from Graphics ROM (GROM), which contains the usual alphanumeric symbols and a bunch of other things meant to be useful in drawing backgrounds (256 characters in all), or Graphics RAM (GRAM), which the program can use to build pictures needed that aren't in GROM (like sprite images). GRAM can hold 64. The pre-designed sprites located in ROM were a big help in speeding up gameplay. (Now that I think about it, maybe sprites were 8x16 -- I don't recall them taking up 4 pictures in GRAM -- but two seems reasonable). Eight of the colors are designated as the primary colors. The other eight are called the pastel colors. There were two graphics modes: Foreground/Background, and Color Stack. In F/B mode, you specify the colors for both the on and off pixels of each card ("card" is the term for a character on the screen). One of these (the on pixels, I think) could use any color, but the other could only use the primary colors. In CS mode, you can give the chip a circular list of four colors (pastels and primaries are both allowed). For each card, you specify the ON bits color from any of the 16 colors, and the OFF bits color comes from the next color on the circular list. You can also tell if the list is to advance or not. Thus, in CS mode, you only get four colors for the OFF bits, and they have to be used in a predetermined order, but you get to use the pastels. Most games used CS mode. I seem to recall that a sprite could be designated as either being in front of or behind the background, which determined priority when it overlapped the ON pixels of a background image. You could tell the graphics chip to black out the top row or the first column (or both) of cards. You could also tell it to delay the display by up to the time of seven scan lines, or to delay the pixels on each scan line by up to seven pixel times. Using these two features together allows for smooth scrolling. For example, a game that is going to scroll a lot sideways could black out the first row. Now, to scroll the background to the right by one pixel, you just have to delay by one pixel time. This moves everything over. The black part is NOT delayed -- that is always displayed in the first 8 screen pixel locations. The net result is that you now see one pixel that was previously hidden under the black strip, and one pixel on the other side has fallen of the edge, and everything appears to have moved over. Thus, to scroll, you only have to move the screen memory every eighth time, when things need to be shifted a full card. There is no need for a bitblt-type operation. The hardware detected collisions between sprites and other sprites or the background. GRAM and (I think) screen memory could only be manipulated during vertical retrace. At the end of vertical retrace, you had to tell the chip if it should display or not. If you weren't done, you could keep manipulating by not telling it to display, but then you end up with a flicker. Unacceptable. 2.4 - Operating System Specs ---------------------------- The operating system did several things: - It allowed the program to specify a veloc for each sprite. The OS would deal with adjusting the sprite position registers for you and cycling through your animation sequence. - For each pair of sprites you could specify a routine to be called when that pair of sprites collided. For each sprite, you could specify a routine to be called when that sprite hit the background or the edge of the screen. - It maintained timers, and allowed you to specify routines to be called periodically. - It dealt with the controls. You could specify routines to be called when the control disc was pressed or released, or when buttons were pressed or released. It provided functions to read numbers from the keypad. The calling sequence for these were a bit strange. When you called these, they saved the return address, then did a return. You had to call them with nothing after your return address on the stack, and they return to your caller. When the number is ready, they return to after where you called them, but as an interrupt. In generic assembly, it would be like this (I've long since forgotten 1600!): jsr foo bar: ... ... foo: ;do some setup or whatever jsr GetNumberFromKeypad spam: ... GetNumberFromKeypad returns to bar immediately. When the number is read, spam will be called from an interrupt handler. If you didn't know that a routine did this, reading code could get rather confusing! 3.0) Hardware Descriptions: ============================ 3.1 - Intellivision Master Component ------------------------------------ The original, the one the started it all. It has a brown molded plastic case with gold trim on the top. Two controller wells are recessed in the top for housing the two hard-wired controllers. The controllers are also brown molded plastic, with a 12-key numeric keypad, two fire buttons located on each side, and a gold disk centered in the bottom third of the controller which is used to control your on-screen persona. The power and reset switches are located on the top of the unit, in the lower right hand corner: (Top View) _||_ _|_ Power Cable --+|| |+-- RF Cable || | ================================= | || | ---------------------------- || | /\ .... | | .... /\ || | \/ .... | | .... \/ || | ---------------------------- || | [ ][|] || ================================= ^ ^--- Power Switch |--- Reset Switch 3.2 - Sears Super Video Arcade ------------------------------ Up until recently, if you wanted to market your product through Sears, it had to have their name on it. Much like Atari with the Tele-Games Video Arcade, Mattel created a clone that was similar yet different to the INTV I. Functionally identical, this unit has a cream-colored case with a wood-grain front, and removable controllers that rest in the center of the console. The power and reset switches are circular in shape and about an inch in diameter: (Top View) _||_ _|_ Power Cable --+|| |+-- RF Cable || | ================================= | || | ---------------------------- || | |... |... | || | |... |... | || |__________| /\ | /\ |_/-\_/-\_|| | | \/ | \/ | \-/ \-/ || ================================= ^ ^--- Power Switch |--- Reset Switch 3.3 - Radio Shack Tandyvision I ------------------------------- Yet another clone, this console has faux wood-grain (what was it with videogames and woodgrain in the early eighties??) paneling in the place of the INTV I's gold panels. Otherwise, this unit is totally identical to the INTV I. 3.4 - GTE / Sylvania Intellivision ---------------------------------- Still another clone, this console is identical to the original Intellivision except for the brand name. The box has a very detailed description of the Computer Adapter that was never released... Rumor has it that these were given away for free with the purchase of a Sylvania television. 3.5 - Bandai Intellivision -------------------------- Although released domestically in 1980, the Intellivision's Japanese debut was over two years later, on July 10, 1982. However, Mattel did not market or distribute the system in Japan. Instead, they turned to Bandai, a trusted name in electronics to handle the system in Japan. Thus the Bandai Intellivision was born. Bandai had been in the electronic game business for many years in Japan, starting off with a very successful electronic hand held Baseball game in the 70's. In 1977, Bandai released its own electronic video game system, the TV-Jack series (a video game console with burnt-in games and no cartridge support). The system was successful, spawning multiple upgrades, but it was abandoned after its final release (TV-Jack Supervision 8000) in 1979. This deal to distribute and market the system in Japan between the two companies was the first of its kind for Bandai, and arguably the first sophisticated (especially 16-bit) console release in the Japanese market. From a certain standpoint, it was successful enough and impelled Bandai to forge similar deals for the Emerson Arcadia (March 1983) and Vectrex (July 1983) in Japan. Interestingly enough, this meant that Bandai was simultaneously distributing and marketing three video game systems in Japan. Marketed as a game system that had the 16-bit power of a personal computer, it had a considerable power advantage over the other Japanese systems at that time. Take a look at the similar releases at that time: 1979/10 Epoch Cassette Video Game (8bit) 57,300 yen retail * 1981/07 Epoch CassetteVision (4bit) 13,500yen retail 1982/06 Bandai Intellivision (16bit) 49,800 yen retail 1982/09 Magnovox Odyssey 2 (8bit) 49,800 yen retail 1982/10 Tomy Pyu-Inu Computer (16bit computer) 59,800 yen retail 1982/11 Takara Game Computer (8bit) 59,800 yen retail 1982/11 Yamagawa Dynavision (16bit) 34,800 yen retail The bigger names would come in the next year. 1983 saw the introduction of the true Japanese console video game systems, and Atari International also re- released the 2600 as the Atari 2800 in May. Although the Atari 2600 saw a limited released in 1977 as the Epoch Cassette Video Game*, Atari distributed the 2800 itself this time. However, it was too little too late for either of them, as Sega and especially Nintendo had quickly became incredibly popular and controlled most of the video game market. Here is a look at the major releases for 1983: 1983/3 Bandai Arcadia (8bit) 19,800 yen retail 1983/5 Atari 2800 (Atari International Japan Inc.) (8bit) 24,800 yen retail 1983/7 Nintendo Famicom (8bit) 14,800 yen retail 1983/7 Sega SG-1000 (8bit) 15,000 yen retail 1983/7 Epoch Cassettevision Jr. (4bit) 5,000 yen retail 1983/7 Bandai Vectrex (8bit) 54,800 yen retail Mattel's own problems back in America and the collapse of the American video game market probably led to the abandonment of greater support for the Intellivision. Moreover, the Intellivision had difficulties competing with the new, cheap and powerful Nintendo and Sega systems. In the end, although Mattel had helped increase the awareness and popularity to start the first generation video game console market in Japan, it did not last once the large homegrown Japanese companies took hold. Since Bandai was also busy marketing the Emerson Arcadia and Vectrex in Japan, it left little support for the flagging Intellivision. There was a large number of systems--too many for the flowering market. In the end, none of these foreign systems (including the Intellivision) made a large footprint in the video game industry in Japan. Marketing / Distribution of the Bandai Intellivision ---------------------------------------------------- As stated before, Mattel did not handle the marketing and distribution of the Intellivision in Japan. It was handled by Bandai, who drummed up support for the system in all the standard media. There were even some television commercials produced for the Intellivision in Japan. A young actor named Beat Takeshi (who later became a very popular TV and movie actor) was used in the commercials. They advertised the console with the slogan "Same 16-bit power as a computer, but no loading times". Similar to the Atari distribution in Japan, the games themselves were untouched. But, in the case of Intellivision, even the boxes remained completely in English. On these boxes, the franchise rights were removed. So, Major League Baseball became Baseball, etc. Of course, a Japanese instruction booklet was provided to inform the customer the basic controls and how to play. The overlays were also identical to the American ones and remained in English. Slits were cut in the back of the boxes for the Japanese instructions. So, if the customers flipped over the box, they saw the front page of the Japanese instructions. The box for the base console in Japan was remade completely. It had the pictures of all the games with a picture of a happy couple playing the Intellivision in the right hand corner. On the back, it described the system and showed pictures of Baseball, Space Battle, etc. Inside the box, there was an instruction manual, warranty card and two promotional catalogs. The first catalog showed the launch titles, while the second one listed the games that were coming soon. The box and all of its contents were in Japanese. The console itself remains identical to the Intellivision I, save a few differences. The upper gold plate on the top of the Intellivision has the words Bandai Intellivision printed on it. There are also two Bandai stickers on the bottom of the unit. Furthermore, the channel switch was changed to Ch1 and Ch2. It is generally assumed that Bandai was skeptical at the start, and didn't want to invest a large amount of money in translating and re-printing the boxes especially since this was their first time at distributing another company's system. But, in the end it was just another nail in the coffin for the system. The popularity of the games was limited. The low-cost approach of distribution left customers anxious over a system with games almost completely in another language. The retail price of the system was 49800 yen ($210, in 1982 US$). The games themselves cost from 4800-5500yen ($21-23 in 1982 US$). However, for a 16-bit system at the time, Bandai thought that it was an attractive price. Plus, the lineup of games at the start was large (including many sports titles). There were 17 launch games, most of them sports and popular titles from America. However, the price ended up being too steep for the base console, and it never became very popular--a key to success in Japan. Similar to North America and Atari, the Intellivision had the power to compete at the start with the other consoles, but failed to remain on top. But, in Japan, it was priced the same as a personal computer. Since it lacked the additional functionality of the computer, it never really caught on. In a way, Bandai's slogan of comparing it to a personal computer only highlighted its faults. The Intellivoice module nor any other hardware upgrades were ever released. Furthermore, no Japanese specific software was ever released. In total, only 27 (Mattel only) known titles were released in Japan. Overall, approximately 30,000 units of the base system were sold in total and two years after it was born, Bandai abandoned the system and the Bandai Intellivision faded into obscurity. Bandai Intellivision Frequently Asked Questions: ------------------------------------------------ Q: How did the properties and rights to NHL, NBA, MLB, NASL, etc. transfer to Japan? A: It is an interesting question. Since the rights to the games were not transferable when Mattel sold the rights to the INTV Corporation, it is doubtful that they were transferable to Bandai. But, it is unknown whether there was any real infringement or legal action taken by any of the respective companies. All of the boxes in Japan did not carry any franchise rights, except for PBA bowling. But, there seemed to be some confusion because on the back of the box, and in the game catalogs, many of the games appear with licensing. Even the cartridges and the manuals have licensing. Q: Any plans for any specific software titles for the Japanese market? A: Doubtful. The Intellivision did not last a significant amount of time. The time and costs involved in developing Japanese specific titles would have been significant. Furthermore, Bandai did not have a large software division, nor did it see the gains necessary to invest in one for the Intellivision. Other software houses in Japan, especially Sega and Nintendo were concentrating on their own launches. It seems that Bandai didn't court any other software companies to produce games for the Intellivision. Q: Any plans for INTV to re-enter the Japanese market? A: Highly doubtful. By the time that INTV re-assembled the Intellivision name, and started selling software again, Nintendo and Sega were dominating the Japanese market. Any attempt to re-enter would have been futile. Furthermore, the secret to INTV's short success in North America was through significant cost-cutting and completing Mattel's unfinished games. They would require substantial capital to re-start the Intellivision engine in Japan. Q: I look at the list of games, and I don't see Astrosmash, what gives? A: Yes. It never made it here. Probably because it debuted in 1982, the Space Invaders craze was over by then. Bandai didn't want to promote an older game, and concentrated on the more unique titles. Furthermore, they already chose Space Armada as a launch title. As for why Space Armada was chosen over Astrosmash, who knows? Q: Can I play US games in a Bandai Intellivision? A: The games released in Japan are identical to the American ones. There is no region lockout because there is only one region. Therefore, the Bandai can play games from any regional market, just like any Intellivision. 3.6 - Intellivoice Voice Synthesis Module ----------------------------------------- This module attaches to the cartridge port of your Intellivision, and through the use of special voice-enhanced games, your INTV could talk. There were 5 games released to take advantage of the unit's capabilities (Space Spartans, B-17 Bomber, Tron Solar Sailor, Bomb Squad, and World Series Major League Baseball (also requires the ECS) ). The module has a dial on the front to control the voice's volume. Voice games will work without the adapter, but since the voice was made to be an integral portion of the game, they're extremely difficult to play. Underneath the plastic Mattel Electronics logo on the top is an expansion connector. Everyone pop the cover off and make sure it's there? =) 3.7 - Intellivision II ---------------------- In 1982, Mattel decided that they needed to spice up the design of the Intellivision, as well as attempt to shave some costs; the Intellivision II was the result. Some key differences include: - A much smaller footprint - Grey plastic case with a thin red stripe circling the unit - External power supply (not standard by any means) - Detachable controllers (although the fire buttons on these controllers are nearly impossible to use, and darn uncomfy =) ) - Combination Power/Reset switch (probably the most annoying feature of all, you have to hold the switch for 5 seconds in order to turn the unit off) - Power LED Indicator (Top View) ============================ | || ... || ... || | || ... || ... || | || ... || ... || | ___ || ... || ... || Power LED Ind.--+| * | | || /\ || /\ || | |___| || \/ || \/ || ============================ ^--- Power / Reset Switch This unit contained a revised ROM which was necessary for the System Changer (more on that later), but also caused incompatibilities with certain Coleco games and some Mattel games (Donkey Kong, Mouse Trap, and Carnival DEFINITELY do not work, Chess is a maybe). This unit also used a non-standard AC Adapter, making it near impossible to find a replacement at your local Radio Shack. For those who are handy enough to construct their own, here are the specs: Input: 120V 60Hz 25 Watts Output: 16.7V AC 1.0A 3.8 - INTV System III (Model #3504) ----------------------------------- In 1984, the vice president of marketing for Mattel Electronics bought the rights to the Intellivision and formed a company called INTV Corp. The result of this venture was the release of the INTV III, or Super Pro System. This redesigned unit is physically identical to the original INTV I, except that it has a black plastic case with silver plates, and also has a Power LED indicator between the Power and Reset switches. The controllers are black with silver discs, and the keypads were either silver with black lettering or black with silver lettering. 3.9 - Computer Adaptor ---------------------- This unit only saw a limited test marketing run of less than one thousand units in late 1981. It was color-keyed to match the INTV I, and the entire game console fit into the top of the unit. It sported a full-stroke 60-key keyboard, built in cassette recorder, and brought the total memory capacity of the Intellivision to 64K. A modem expansion module was also planned. Due to it's high street price (around $700, versus an announced price of $150), the plans to market this unit nationally were shelved. 3.10 - Entertainment Computer System ----------------------------------- Spurred on by the increasingly popular home computer market, Mattel introduced the Entertainment Computer System along with the INTV II in 1983. This unit plugs into the cartridge port of the INTV II, and has its own cartridge slot, two additional controller ports, a cassette interface, and a balance dial for controlling the output level of the ECS's three additional voices. The unit requires an additional power supply. Here again, Mattel used something completely different from the rest of the industry: Input: Output: 10.0 VAC, 1.0 A The ECS came packaged with a 49-key chiclet-style keyboard, power supply, and a well-written manual describing INTV BASIC. Upon returning your registration card, you would receive "The Step-By-Step Guide To Home Computing", which included a very detailed BASIC Tutorial, and some more in-depth study of the ECS's abilities. For the techies, the unit sported an additional voice chip (bringing the grand total to 6), 10K of ROM and 2K of RAM for programming purposes. This unit comes in two flavors, the grey mentioned above, and also a dark brown color keyed to the original Intellivision. Functionally, the units are identical. The dark brown variety is extremely difficult to find. Expansions announced for this unit include a 16K RAM, 8K ROM expansion, a 32K RAM, 12K ROM expansion, data recorder, and a 40 column thermal printer. None of these peripherals ever made it to market. 3.11 - Music Synthesizer ------------------------ This was an add-on for the ECS, a full 49 key piano style keyboard. It has 6 note polyphony (for you non-musicians, can play 6 notes at once), and plugs into the controller ports on the ECS via a dual 9 pin connector. Melody Blaster was the only program released by Mattel to specifically take advantage of this component. This unit also came molded either in light gray or dark brown plastic. Although they are both pretty tough to find, the brown variety is extremely rare. 3.12 - System Changer --------------------- The Atari 2600 had the biggest library of games at the time, and Mattel added the capability of playing 2600 carts to the INTV II with this module. This unit also interfaces with the INTV II via the cartridge port. It has a cartridge port on the top of the module, Game Select and Reset keys flanking the two difficulty and color/BW switch: (Top View) ________________________ | _____________ | Legend: | | _ _ | | ______| |_____________| | 1 - Game Select | | 2 - Left Difficulty | +--- To INTV | 3 - Color / BW Switch |_______ ___________________ | 4 - Right Difficulty | | 1 |2|3|4| 5 | | 5 - Game Reset | |_____|_|_|_|_____| | |_______________________| The controller ports are located on the front of the module, and any of your favorite 2600 compatible controllers work just fine. If you don't happen to have Atari controllers lying around, you can use the disc controller attached to the INTV II in lieu of them. If you happened to own an original Intellivision, sending in your Master Component and $19.95 would get you a ROM upgrade that was required for this unit to work with the older equipment. 3.13 - Joystick Substitutes --------------------------- For the masses who couldn't stand to use the Intellivision's awful disc controllers, there were a couple solutions: - INTV Corp. released a set of clip-on Joysticks which snapped onto the lower half of your controller, these are of questionable quality and value: _______ / \ |-------| ________________________ \_______/ | | | | | _________ | | | | / \ | | | (Side View) | ( (INTV) ) | | | | \_________/ | ___________| |___________ | | | _________| |_________ | |_______________________| | | ____| |____ | | | |_ ----------- _| | (Top View) |___| |___| - A couple of other companies released sticks that either glued onto the existing discs, or replaced the disc entirely, with a shaft that screwed into a hole drilled into the center of the replacement disc. One of these add-ons also came with oversized fire buttons that clipped over the existing buttons. 3.14 - Compro Electronics (CEI) Videoplexer (model #M800) --------------------------------------------------------- Tired of switching between your 8 favorite games? Get a Videoplexer! Similar to the RomScanner for the Atari 2600, this unit would store 8 Intellivision games and allow you to switch them on the fly via a touch panel on the front of the unit. The unit plugs into the cartridge port of the base system, and on top there are slots for up to eight cartridges. At the base of the Videoplexer, there are 8 buttons for switching between the cartridges. 3.15 - PlayCable ---------------- The idea of beaming Junior videogames through Cable TV is not new; a company called PlayCable created an adapter for the Intellivision that plugged into the cartridge port, and the service would have had a selection of 20 of the most popular games available every month. Steven Roode and his brother were fortunate enough to have this service, and what follows is his description of the hardware and the service provided: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you signed up for PlayCable, you were given a box which would plug into the Intellivision's (INTV's) cartridge port. The box had the same color scheme as an INTV I, and it's dimensions were the same height and depth of the INTV I, with the length of an INTV II. It had a power cord coming out of it. Additionally, you were given a RF box which had a coaxial in, a coaxial out, and two RCA outs. One RCA out was connected to the INTV, and one was connected to the PlayCable unit. The setup looked roughly like this: Cable In | | ----------- | ----+ | +--- RF Box ----------- |_||_||_| ______________| T | | V | | | ================================================= | || | | ---------------------------- || ------------- | | /\ .... | | .... /\ || | | \/ .... | | .... \/ || | | ---------------------------- || ------------- | | [ ][|] || | ================================================= Intellivision PlayCable Box For about $4.95 a month, the cable company would transmit 20 games (Although for the first few months, there were only 15 games). When you turned on the INTV, a sort of 'boot screen' would come up and you would hear a sound that sort of sounded like a clock ticking. After a couple of seconds, you would hear 4 long beeps and the PlayCable title screen would pop up. There would be one of four different songs in the background (I know that one was the victory song in checkers, one was The Entertainer, one was Music Box Dancer, and I forget the other one). Each screen listed 5 games (I think, it may have been 4), and you could cycle through the games lists by pressing the disc. When you found the game that you wanted, you would press the number next to it, and press enter. A title screen of the game would pop up, and again you would hear ticking. After a couple of seconds, you would hear the same 4 long beeps and the game would be ready to play. The following are excerpts from a PlayCable-specific game manual describing the game loading process: ============================================================================== HOW TO SELECT YOUR FAVORITE GAME FROM PLAYCABLE: - Set the PlayCable TV/Game switch to GAME. - Turn on your television and turn to Channel 3 or 4. (The same setting as the switch on the bottom of the Mattel Electronics Master Component.) - Turn on the Master Component; push the RESET button. - The screen will read, "PLAYCABLE CATALOG." The screen will then change to: "PLAYCABLE PRESENTS INTELLIVISION. PUSH DISC." - Push the directional disc (the big, round button on either hand control) to see each page of the catalog. The series will start again automatically as you keep pushing the disc. - To call up a game, find the page on which the game appears. Press the number of the game on your keypad, then press ENTER. Wait about 10 seconds. When the four rectangles in the upper left hand corner of your screen turn white, your game is ready. - Push the disc again and the game will appear. - To select a new game, push RESET. The catalog will re-appear. =============================================================================== One of the neater aspects of PlayCable was that they would rotate out about half of the games every month. When they did, you would get instruction books and overlays for each new game in the mail (and all of the overlays were attached with perforations; so you would have to sort of tear them apart). PlayCable tended to have some pretty decent games on it. You would always have a couple of the 'classics' every month (i.e., I don't think Baseball and Astrosmash ever came off!), and you would get some pretty recent games as well. Once in a while they were slow in changing the games. They were supposed to be rotated out on the 1st of each month. Believe me, my brother and I would fake sick to stay home from school sometimes on the 1st! If by noon they weren't changed, we would call the cable company and by the end of the day they were updated (One other neat little side note: When they changed the games out, the system would still be up. First, all game choices would disappear. Then, two by two, new games would pop up. You could actually see them appear!) We had PlayCable for about two years (I think 81-82), and our cable company was big into promoting it. They had INTV playathons at some of the local malls, giving away free INTVs to high scorers in certain games. During one promotional weekend, the cable company showed nothing but people playing INTV and the announcers commenting on how realistic the gameplay was. I think we even have one PlayCable T-shirt lying around somewhere! Finally though, our cable company stopped carrying PlayCable, and unfortunately, we had to surrender the box. I would liked to have kept it to see how it worked. All in all, our family has a lot of fond memories of PlayCable... I think it helped to enhance the uniqueness and mystery of the Intellivision. 3.16 - Intellivision Tester (IMI Tester MTE-100) ------------------------------------------------ This was a rather large metal briefcase that technicians could use to diagnose broken Intellivision systems. It consisted of joysticks mounted into the unit, and a variety sockets, switches, plugs and dials that would monitor and report the status of the Intellivision and its cartridges. It included an integrated MTE-201 Test Cartridge into the system and once opened, revealed a regular 2609 Intellivision motherboard and the diagnostic cartridge hooked together. Obviously, this was never released and sold to the public. Thanks to INTV Funhouse for the info. 4.0) Cartridge Listing: ======================== 4.1 - Released Titles --------------------- This list contains information from VGR'S Giant List of Intellivision games, Sean Kelly's list, Paul Thurrott's List, and some information I have gleaned from personal experience. Manufacturer's Key: MA = Mattel IM = Imagic PB = Parker Bros. IN = INTV SE = Sega AT = Atarisoft AC = Activision CO = Coleco SU = Sunrise IT = Interphase 20 = 20th Century Fox CB = CBS Electronics ST = Sears Tele-Games Ovr? Key: Yes = Has overlays No = No Overlays ?? = No clue =) L/R = Has different overlays for the left and right controllers Notes: Any interesting tidbits, such as additional hardware required, release notes, and compatibility. Please note that the compatibility issue varies from person to person, e.g. two people have told me that Chess works in their INTV II's, but it freezes in mine. Title Mfg. Part # Ovr? Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons MA 3410 Yes Advanced D&D Treasure of Tarmin MA 5300 Yes Armor Battle MA 1121 Yes Astrosmash MA 3605 Yes Atlantis IM 700006 Yes Auto Racing MA 1113 Yes B-17 Bomber MA 3884 Yes (Intellivoice Req.) Backgammon MA 1119 Yes Baseball ST 49 75202 Yes (Mattel Baseball) Beamrider AC M-005-02 Yes Beauty & The Beast IM 700007 Yes Blockade Runner IT 8010001 Yes Body Slam Wrestling IN 9009 No Bomb Squad MA 3883 Yes (Intellivoice Req.) Boxing MA 1819 Yes Boxing ST 49 75221 Yes (Mattel Boxing) Bump 'n Jump MA 4688 Yes BurgerTime MA 4549 Yes (INTV II Pack-In) Buzz Bombers MA 4436 Yes Carnival CO 2488 No (INTV I/III Only) Centipede AT 70254 No Championship Tennis IN 8200 Yes Checkers MA 1120 Yes Chip Shot Super Pro Golf IN 8900 No Commando IN 9000 No Congo Bongo SE 006-06 No Defender AT 70252 No Demo Cart MA ???? No Demo Cart II (Int. Demo) MA ???? No Demon Attack IM 700005 Yes Dig Dug IN 9005 No Diner IN 8800 No Donkey Kong CO 2471 No (INTV I/III Only) Donkey Kong Jr. CO 24?? No Dracula IM 700018 Yes Dragonfire IM 700010 Yes Draughts MA 1120 ?? (Eng. ver. of Checkers) Dreadnaught Factor AC M-004-04 Yes Electric Company Math Fun MA 2613 Yes Electric Company Word Fun MA 1122 Yes Fathom IM 7205(?) Yes Football ST 49 75201 Yes (Mattel Football) Frog Bog MA 5301 Yes Frogger PB 6300 No Happy Trails AC M-003-04 Yes Horse Racing MA 1123 Yes Hover Force IN 8500 No Ice Trek IM 710012 Yes Jetsons' Way With Words MA 4543 Yes (ECS Required) Kool Aid Man MA 4675 Yes Ladybug CO 2483 No Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack MA 2611 Yes (Included with system) Las Vegas Roulette MA 1118 Yes Learning Fun I IN 9002 No Learning Fun II IN 9006 No Lock 'n Chase MA 5637 Yes Locomotion MA 4438 Yes Major League Baseball MA 2614 Yes Masters of the Universe MA 4689 Yes Melody Blaster MA 4540 L/R (ECS Required) Microsurgeon IM 720013 Yes Mind Strike MA 4531 Yes (ECS Required) Mission X MA 4437 Yes Motocross MA 3411 Yes Mouse Trap CO 2479 Yes (INTV I/III Only) Mr. Basic Meets Bits & Bytes MA 4536 L/R (ECS Required, 3 O/L) Mountain Madness Skiing IN 9007 No NASL Soccer MA 1683 Yes NBA Basketball MA 2615 Yes NFL Football MA 2610 Yes NHL Hockey MA 1114 Yes Night Stalker MA 5305 Yes Nova Blast IM 700022 Yes Pac-Man IN 8000 No Pac-Man AT No PBA Bowling MA 3333 Yes PGA Golf MA 1816 Yes Pinball MA 5356 Yes Pitfall AC M-002-04 Yes Pole Position IN 9004 No Popeye PB 941519 No (# for Euro version) Q*Bert PB 6360 No Reversi MA 5304 Yes River Raid AC M-007-03 Yes Royal Dealer MA 5303 Yes Safecracker IM 710025 Yes Scooby Doo's Maze Chase MA 4533 Yes (ECS Required) Sea Battle MA 1818 Yes Sewer Sam IT 8010002 Yes Shark! Shark! MA 5387 Yes Sharp Shot MA 5638 Yes Slam Dunk Basketball IN 9001 No Slap Shot Hockey IN 9003 No Snafu MA 3758 Yes Space Armada MA 3759 Yes Space Battle MA 2612 Yes Space Hawk MA 5136 Yes Space Spartans MA 3416 Yes (Intellivoice Req.) Spiker! Volleyball IN 9102 No Stadium Mud Buggies IN 9100 No Stampede AC M-001-04 Yes Star Strike MA 5161 Yes Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back PB 6050 No Sub Hunt MA 3408 Yes Super Cobra PB 941505 No (European Release) Super Pro Decathlon IN 9008 No Super Pro Football IN 8400 No Swords & Serpents IM 720009 L/R Tennis MA 1814 Yes Thin Ice IN 8300 No Thunder Castle IN 4469 No Tower of Doom IN 8600 No Triple Action MA 3760 Yes Triple Challenge IN 8700 No Tron Deadly Discs MA 5391 Yes Tron Maze-a-Tron MA 5392 Yes Tron Solar Sailer MA 5393 Yes (Intellivoice Req.) Tropical Trouble IM 700017 Yes Truckin' IM 710023 Yes Turbo CO 2473 No Turbo CB CI241303 No (European Release) Tutankham PB 941509 No (European Release) USCF Chess MA 3412 L/R (INTV I/III Only??) US Ski Team Skiing MA 1817 Yes Utopia MA 5149 Yes Vectron MA 5788 Yes Venture CO 2477 No (INTV I/III Only??) White Water IM 720024 Yes World Championship Baseball IN 5789 Yes World Cup Soccer IN 8100 Yes World Series Major League BB MA 4537 L/R (ECS Required) Worm Whomper AC M-006-03 Yes Zaxxon CO 2487 No 4.2 - Unreleased (or rumored) titles for the Intellivision: =========================================================== Title Mfg. Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 to 5 20 All-Star Baseball MA (#5789) Beezor IM (#7613) Blueprint CB (#80031) Buck Rogers Planet Of Zoom SE (#005-007) Choplifter! IN Cosmic Avenger CO (#2684) Domino Man CB (#80131) Fall Guy 20 Flight Simulator IN Frenzy CO (#2675) Galaxian AT G.I. Joe PB (#6920) Glacier Patrol SU (Based on Atari 2600 title) Go For the Gold MA GORF CB (#80011) Illusions MA James Bond 007: Octopussy PB (#6110) Jedi Arena PB (Based on Atari 2600 title) Karate Champ IN (Picture of box seen in catalog) Karateka IN Land Battle MA (#5302) Looping CO (#2672) Lord of the Rings: PB (#6950) Journey To Rivendell Madden Football CB (#80121) M*A*S*H 20 Meltdown 20 Moonsweeper IM (#7207) Ms. Pac-Man IN Mystic Castle MA (Released as Thunder Castle) Omega Race CB (#80091) Party Line MA Pepper II CO (#2673) Reactor PB (#6330) Return Of The Jedi: PB (#6060) Death Star Battle Return Of The Jedi: PB (#6065) Ewok Adventure Rocky CO (Based on CV Title, #2670) Rocky and Bullwinkle MA (#4601) Sea Battle II IN Shootin' Gallery IM (Based on Atari 2600 title) Smurf Rescue CO Snow Plow SU (Atari 2600 proto exists) Tron II MA (Released as Tron Maze-A-Tron) Smurf CO Solar Fox CB (Based on Atari 2600 title, #80021) Speed Freak IN Space Shuttle AC Spiderman PB (Based on Atari 2600 title, #6900) Star Trek SE (#004-007) Strawberry Shortcake PB (Based on Atari 2600 title, #6910) Super Pro Auto Racing IN Super Pro European Bike Rally IN Super Pro Horse Racing IN Super Pro Pool/Billiards IN Super Pro Soccer IN Tac-Scan SE (Based on Atari 2600 title, #001-007) Time Pilot CO (#2679) Tower Of Mystery 20 Wings CB (#80061) Wing War IM (Picture seen in catalog, #7209) Wizard Of Wor CB (#80001) XIV Winter Olympics MA (#4552) Yogi's Frustration MA (Prototype exists) Zenji AC (One copy may exist) 4.3 - Unreleased (but announced) titles for the ECS: ==================================================== Title Mfg. Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Number Jumble MA The Flintstones MA Game Factory MA Program Builder MA Song Writer MA Football MA Soccer MA 4.4 - Software announced for the original Computer Adaptor (never released): ============================================================================ Title Mfg. Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------- J.K. Lasser's 1980 Federal Income Tax Preparation MA Stock Analysis MA Jack LaLanne's Physical Cond. MA Guitar Lessons & Music Comp. MA Jeanne Dixon Astrology MA Speed Reading MA Dr. Art Ulene Weight Loss Prog. MA Conversational French MA (These programs were all to have been provided on cassettes) 4.5 - Software for the Bandai Intellivision =========================================== (all manufactured by Mattel and Bandai) Armor Attack Auto Racing * B-17 Bomber Backgammon Baseball * Basketball Bowling * Boxing * Checkers Football * Frog bog Golf * Hockey Horse Racing * Lock N Chase Night Stalker Poker & Blackjack * Roulette * Sea Battle * Skiing * Snafu * Soccer * Space Armada * Space Battle Space Hawk Star Strike * Sub Hunt Tennis * Triple Action * * indicates a launch title 4.6 - Easter Eggs, Cheats and Tips: ===================================== Beauty & The Beast ------------------ For getting high scores, instead of advancing to the 2nd building, just fall off when you reach the top. You lose 1 man, but gain it back with the easier play of the 1st building. Bump 'n' Jump ------------- There is a secret road, just jump off to the side and land out of view. Sword & Serpents ---------------- On the 4th level, don't read the nearby scroll, it's a trap! To 'win' you either have the wizard do a bunch of Destroy Wall spells to get through the back or top or bottom side of the big room that the dragon is in, OR in one player mode, you have to walk through the corners of the successive walls (in the back of the big room). If you don't know what I'm talking about, practice on the lower levels by walking diagonally, into the outside of the corner of a wall. Once inside the dragon's lair, walk around and pick up a few neat goodies and be careful not to get killed by black knights and evil wizards (was there anything else that could kill you?) If you walk around enough, the programmer's initials will appear. Truckin' -------- There is a secret road to take you to Imagic's headquarters! Basically, you have to find the path to the old Imagic HQ in Los Gatos, CA. Having a road map (such as Rand McNally) helps, since the route does not show up on the map in the instruction booklet. If not, the following directions will suffice: (1) From the title screen, press 1-1-8-1. This takes the defaults and gives you a full tank of gas, heading northbound out of San Diego. A no-load, timed contest. (2) Accelerate, but stay below 24 MPH, in order to make the necessary turns. (3) Make the 1st left onto I-10, heading eastbound to LA. (4) Keep going east, straight towards the coast. I-10 will end and you will automatically be turned north to Hollywood (HO) on US#01 (actually 101). (5) Stay due north through Santa Cruz (SZ). (6) As soon as you approach San Jose (SJ), look for the 1st left. Turn here. (7) You are now on Route 9 eastbound. A little ways on this road and you’ve found it! The road will show the Imagic sign off into the horizon. The SJ city code will change into “RL” (for Rick Levine). You can also see this coming from the opposite direction. Code taken from The Digital Press (http://www.digitpress.com) Triple Action ------------- Choose the tanks game and at the beginning of the screen take the red tank and drive up to the blue tank and face it head on (about an inch away). Now take the Blue Tank and do a 180 turn (Don't move the tank forward or backward at all). The blue tank should be facing the left side of your T.V. with the red tank looking at it's behind. Now move the red tank forward and into the blue tank as far as it will go and stop there. Now using the disc, turn the red tank to the 1:00 position, which should look like this: / Now the idea here is to be partly on __/_ the blue tank while facing away from it XXXXXXXX / / and hitting the SIDE Button really quick ------IIII / - / "Not the FIRE Button but the 'move forward XXXXXXXX __/ quick' button. The Tank (red) should, with a ghostly floating effect, sail off to the right of the screen. It will also go through the barriers and eventually off the screen. From then on give the blue tank control to a friend and you'll be conveniently hidden off screen while he tries to find you. Try practicing this one awhile as it takes a bit of tweaking to get it just right. After you do get it, try playing with the bullets, shooting them off screen and in between walls and barriers. Heck, see if you and a friend can get both tanks to sail off at the same time. It might work too. General INTV games ------------------ Several INTV releases will display the game's credits if you press 0 on the title screen: Body Slam Super Pro Wrestling Chip Shot Super Pro Golf Super Pro Football Hover Force Slam Dunk Super Pro Basketball Tower of Doom Several others simply display the credits if you leave the title screen up long enough: Diner Monster Truck Rally (Stadium Mud Buggies) Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing Super Pro Decathlon Slap Shot Super Pro Hockey They didn't document the "press 0" trick, but they didn't want to make it hard to find. What you *aren't* supposed to find is the Chip Shot programmer's secret message to his family: press 23 (2 and 3 at the same time) on the left hand controller and 26 on the right hand controller and press reset. 4.7 - Information regarding Unreleased Titles & Hardware -------------------------------------------------------- Most of the information provided here was posted to the general net populace courtesy of the Blue Sky Rangers and Keith Robinson. For more information, screenshots, etc. check out http://intellivisionlives.com. ALBUM CARTRIDGES - due to the falling prices of RAM, more games could be fit on to one single cartridge. This spawned the Album Cartridges which where generally collections of old or simple games. There were 3 known Album Cartridges: HAPPY HOLIDAYS: - Three holiday-inspired games in one: Santa's Helper, Easter Eggcitement, and Trick-Or-Treat. PARTY LINE: - Another Album cartridge. Collections of party games. GO FOR THE GOLD: - After spending millions of dollars to secure the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics licensing, they repackaged old sports titles and threw on a title screen. SAILING: - A planned game that fell apart in the transition to design due to creative differences. Basic design only and unfinished. AIRSTRIKE: - A side-scrolling game of bombing enemy sites. Unfinished but playable on the Intellivision Lives emulator. HYPNOTIC LIGHTS: - From a neat graphical effect, a puzzle game was to be born, alas it wasn't. OFF THE WALL: - An arcade-type game to save the humans and kill the green enemies scaling the walls. Unfinished. AIR RAIDERS: - The Intellivision's version of the 2600 title. Unfinished. GRID SHOCK: - Unreleased but playable on the Intellivision Lives emulator. ADVENTURES OF TRON: - Unreleased version of the 2600 title. COMPUTER CORRIDOR: - An attempted merger of two developing games, Moon Corridor and Computer's Revenge. Shelved before completion. TARGET ANDROMEDA: - A space version of Dungeons and Dragons that never saw the light of day. SPEED FREAK: - Neither Mattel nor INTV did this as an Intellivision game (INTV may have included this in a list of "upcoming" games, but no work was ever done on it). Mattel did do a handheld version. SPACE SHUTTLE: - Mattel did a Space Shuttle Intellivoice game that was unfinished when we were shut down in Jan '84. Only the prototypes exist. Activision also did a Space Shuttle game, but I don't know the status of their Intellivision version of it. SCARFINGER: - A spy movie-story with no gameplay and flashy screens that didn't make it past the prototype phase. SPINA THE BEE: - Control the bee to collect the pollen. It was judged unappealing and canned. ILLUSIONS: - Same as the Colecovision title, but never released on the Intellivision. DIG DUG: - Dig Dug was programmed at Atari, but it was still being debugged at the time they discontinued releasing Intellivision games. It was debugged and released first through INTV. (#9005) POLE POSITION: - Produced for and released by INTV. (#9004) DEFENDER: - INTV did sell it, but it was first released by Atarisoft. FROGGER: - Again, INTV sold it, but it was a Parker Brothers release. YOGI'S ADVENTURE: - A Hanna Barbera licensed title that remained unreleased. BASKETBALL II: - An update of NBA Basketball with one more player per side. SUPER NASL SOCCER: - In the works at Mattel for the Entertainment Computer System when we were closed; the game was completed for INTV and released as a regular Intellivision cartridge under the name World Cup Soccer. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE II - Engine reincorporated into Diner, and later released by INTV. FLASHLIGHT: - Basic development only PIZZATIME: - The planned sequel to BurgerTime before Mattel closed. ROCKY & BULLWINKLE: - An unreleased Mattel game, only prototypes exist. MAGIC CARPET - Pilot a magic carpet. Basic design only. HYDRO PLANE - A speed racing-planned game based off of a graphical effect of racing on a lake. Prototype Intellivoice (white / Matching Intellivision II): - It was a carved, painted block of wood for the photos. No working prototypes were made. 4.8 - Information regarding Label & Box Variations -------------------------------------------------- There are 4 main "distributors" of the Intellivision games though we tend to call them manufacturers. For instance, Atarisoft manufactured the INTV versions of the Atari titles as well as the Atarisoft release versions. The 4 "distributors" are: - Mattel, the original "manufacturer" of the Intellivision. - INTV, the company that was formed and bought out the Mattel rights to Intellivision products. - Sears/Telegames which distributed Intellivision games and systems under their own names. - Telegames, which is still in business and which owns many of the rights (if not all) to the Intellivision games. Their games are most likely manufactured by CBS Electronics in Italy, though not all are. The games originally manufactured to be distributed by Mattel have a (c) MI or (c) MEI on the label. These are the only types of labels known to have been sold by Mattel. Sealed INTV boxes (yes INTV boxes were different, though, like the cartridges, they also used the leftover Mattel boxes) have been found (frequently) with 3 types of labeled games in them: 1. (c) II, white label 2. (c) MI 3. (c) MEI 4. no copyright or country of origin, colored label 5. no copyright but with a country of origin, colored label 6. no copyright or country of origin, white label The (c) II is the closest thing to being a "regular" INTV release, but not complete proof. Sears/Telegames released games in specially designed boxes which are quite easy to identify. They are a dark reddish brown and clearly say "Sears/ Telegames". The labels on the games sold by Sears/Telegames are of several types: 1. no copyright or country of origin, colored label 2. no copyright but with a country of origin, colored label 3. (c) MI 4. (c) MEI Telegames releases are in a variety of boxes, most commonly in a box clearly identified as "Telegames". They can still be purchased from Telegames, UK. There are a variety of labels on these games, but the most common, and the closest to "official" Telegames releases are a white label with no copyright or country of origin on them. The following labels have been found in Telegames boxes. 1. no copyright or country of origin, white label 2. All of the above varieties. There may be a way of telling the White Label, no (c), no country of origin INTV games from the White Label Telegames in some cases as there tends to be two distinct styles and sizes of lettering used. The bottom line is: You can't tell who sold or manufactured the games themselves in most cases except: - If it is (c) MI or (c) MEI it was manufactured for Mattel - If it is (c) II it was manufactured for INTV The boxes were manufactured for the company (one of the 4 above) and can be identified as they are clearly marked. They were not necessarily sold by the same companies. Keith Robinson had this to add on the subject of labels and boxes: : Q: I recently came across a pile of Intellivision carts with white labels : only and was wondering if anybody out there knew the scoop on them. : Are they any rarer than the colored versions? The manuals also are : in B&W only, not like the ones I already have. Any help would be much : appreciated. Thanks!! Pretty cheesy, huh? I was in charge of printing those; Terry Valeski contracted with me to provide all the packaging for the INTV Corporation releases. He wanted costs as low as possible, so overlays were eliminated where possible (Mattel's policy was that every game had to have overlays, even if they weren't really needed, such as for Pinball; Valeski got rid of them), manuals became black & white (folded, not stapled) and labels were printed on whatever stock my printer had leftover and would give me a price break on. That's why you'll find different size labels on different copies of the same game. Of course, INTV didn't invent this cost cutting. Mattel's Intellivision packaging went downhill quickly, too. The original boxes opened like a book and had a plastic tray the cartridge fit into. Manuals were all full color. The plastic tray was the first thing to go, then the manuals went to two-color, then the boxes simply became boxes (some games, like BurgerTime, were released in both versions of the boxes). At INTV, we printed the boxes on an even cheaper grade of cardboard, but at least Valeski wanted them to be colorful. I designed most of them with an art budget of about $800 per box. A painter named Steve Huston did the Super Pro sports covers and I did most of the cartoony covers (Thin Ice, Learning Fun I & II). Other artists and photographers did individual titles. I had Joe Ferreira, who did the graphics for Hover Force, do the artwork for the box. And if the cover art for Thunder Castle looks more threatening than the cute graphics in the game, it's because that artwork had been commissioned by Mattel for the Tower of Doom cartridge. Valeski had it used for Thunder Castle since that game was already completed when he bought the Intellivision rights; Tower of Doom was incomplete. He had Tower of Doom finished later and I had to come up with new art for its box. (By the way, look for the number 47 on the INTV boxes; that number is how Pomona College alumni sort of say "hello" to each other. Dave Warhol, the Pomona alum who produced these games, asked me to slip a 47 into the art whenever possible. Trivia: another Pomona Alum got onto the staff of Star Trek, which is why the number 47 pops up in most episodes of Next Generation and Voyager, and TWICE in the movie Generations.) Sorry that I can't answer your real question though, namely which labels are worth more. That's a question for the collectors. But remembering how quickly some of this stuff was slapped together, it amuses me today to hear people pondering their value. ..as well as this: : Q: The boxes do not open like the colored ones right? These games were : reproduced by the INTV corporation after they took over from Mattel Mattel had already switched from the book-cover boxes to standard boxes by the time INTV took over. INTV used up Mattel stock, then made up new batches of the most popular games. In these cases, the INTV boxes are identical to the Mattel boxes (printed from the same negatives) except the Mattel Electronics name is deleted and the INTV name and address is added on the back. Major League Baseball also underwent a name change to Big League Baseball, since the Major League trademark either expired or wasn't transferable. All of the INTV games were released in full-color standard boxes, except for a brief period where they tried to get away with no boxes -- sending out mail orders with the cartridge and instructions simply sealed in a plastic bag. Consumers complained -- loudly -- and boxes were quickly reinstated. 5.0) Vaporware, Trivia, and Miscellanea: ========================================= 5.1 - Intellivision III ----------------------- Atari wasn't the only company with plans to introduce a "next generation" video game system; Mattel spoke of it's soon-to-be released Intellivision III for well over a year before the idea was dumped. Here are some of the specifications for this unit: - Built-in Intellivoice - 320 x 190 resolution - Unlimited colors - Onscreen sprites move at twice the speed of the original Intellivision - Six channel sound with RCA outputs - Remote controlled joysticks - Four controller ports - Plays original Intellivision titles as well as Aquarius titles - 12k ROM - 10k RAM - Able to manipulate 64 sprites onscreen at once - 6-8 titles announced including Air Ace - a flight simulator - Scrapped for fears of not being able to introduce it before Colecovision and the Atari 5200 had too strong a grip on the "next generation" market. - Projected price : $300 Please note that this unit is COMPLETELY different from the INTV III which was later released by INTV Corp in 1986. 5.2 - Intellivision Iv ---------------------- (History taken from http://www.intellivisionlives.com) - After the Intellivision Keyboard Component was canceled, Mattel was to begin work on a brand new Master Component, the Intellivision IV. Intellivision III had been rushed into development simply as a stopgap product to compete short-term with Colecovision. Intellivision IV, was to introduce the next generation of video game systems. It carried the codename Decade, since it was to be the cornerstone product of Mattel Electronics for the rest of the eighties, Intellivision IV was developed from mid-1982 to mid-1983 secretly in an unmarked building a mile away from Mattel headquarters. Being away from the daily whims and pressures of marketing and administration, the design group was able to create freely. The system they created was based on the MC68000 processor, the CPU later used in the first Macintoshes and the Amiga. Video was handled by a custom chip named Magic. Screen resolution was 240 by 192 pixels (40 by 24 4-color 6x8 cards) with a programmable 16-color palette, 16x16 4-color sprites and hardware scrolling. Onboard software supported 3-D graphics along with music and speech synthesis. The Combo chip coordinated peripheral devices, including a built-in modem: a point-of-view two-person tank battle played over phone lines was talked about as a typical Intellivision IV application. Unlike the other hardware in development in 1983, the Intellivision IV had the potential of being a significant step forward; after Intellivision III was canceled, many people saw Intellivision IV as the last hope for the company. The hope didn't last long. Most of the hardware people were soon laid off, including those working on Intellivision IV. The shift didn't help; January 20, 1984, Mattel Electronics was shut down. Would they have succeeded in creating a super game machine at an affordable price, or would it have been another Keyboard Component? With all the secrecy surrounding the project, it's not known how far along the system really was. We do know it never reached the stage of actual game development. 5.3 - INTV Corp. Games ---------------------- INTV enhanced many of the early Mattel titles by adding new features and making them a 1 or 2 player game by adding a computer opponent. Below is a list of the original and enhanced cartridges: ORIGINAL MATTEL CARTRIDGE ---+ ENHANCED INTV CARTRIDGE PGA Golf (Golf) Chip Shot Super Pro Golf Math Fun Learning Fun I Major League Baseball (Baseball) World Championship Baseball NASL Soccer (Soccer) World Cup Soccer NBA Basketball (Basketball) Slam Dunk Super Pro Basketball NFL Football (Football) Super Pro Football NHL Hockey (Hockey) Slap Shot Super Pro Hockey Tennis Championship Tennis US Ski Team Skiing (Skiing) Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing Word Fun Learning Fun II APBA Backgammon (Backgammon) \ Checkers (Draughts) >--+ Triple Challenge Chess / 5.4 - Trivia and Fun Facts -------------------------- Have you ever wondered... ...what would happen if you plugged two Intellivoices together and then plugged in an Intellivoice game?? Greg Chance did, and the result goes something like this: "Someone had asked about daisy-chaining two Intellivoices together, i.e. plug one into the other, and then a speech cart into the 2nd one. Ok, I did this with Space Spartans. The 2nd speech synthesizer kind of canceled stuff out! It said, "Welcome to (bleeeeehahah)" and then there wasn't any voice during the game. So that's the answer. :) It doesn't quite work." ...what would happen if you tried "frying" your Intellivision?? The author wasn't brave enough to try this out on one of his own machines, but Matthew Long relates this childhood memory: "I did something like it in the early years. I was playing Star Strike. I reset the machine. I then pulled out the cartridge. The screen began flashing through the character ROM. Was really neat when I was 12!" ...who that strange guy in all of those old Intellivision ads was? That was George Plimpton, ex-athlete and the Intellivision's paid spokesperson between 1980 and 1983. During 1982, Mattel spent in excess of $50 million so that Mr. Plimpton could lampoon the "unrealistic" features of the Atari 2600... Little did Mattel know that Coleco would burst their proverbial bubble with the introduction of the Colecovision in June of '82. ...how Mattel produced a large portion of their game library? Many of the original Intellivision games were programmed by college students as part of their computer programming classes. Cheap labor? ...what would happen if you plugged your 2600 System Changer into an un-modified Intellivision I? An unmodified Master Component (unmodified meaning sans ROM upgrade), when turned on with this unit plugged in, reads "M-Network" on the title screen. You can hear all the sounds from the 2600 game you have inserted, but no video is displayed, other than this title screen. Ever try playing Blind Combat? ...the best way to store your boxed Intellivision games?? Shane Shaffer has a great suggestion: "For your boxed games (unopened), try the Multi-Purpose Storage Chest from Metro Corrugated and Packaging Corporation. Style No. 20000 has ODs of 21" x 12 1/4" x 8 1/4", and fits 2 rows of boxed video games perfectly. I forget how many fit in each box, but the height is just big enough, and the width is perfect. I store my 2600, 5200, 7800, and Intellivision boxes in it, and others of the same size will also fit. It comes in 3 colors, Blue, Green, or Red. The fit is absolutely perfect for your boxed games." ...what the heck INTV stands for?? Common misconception: INTV is NOT an abbreviation for Intellivision as many people seem to think. INTV is the name of the company that bought the rights to the system and all it's games from Mattel when they decided to leave the market in late 1984. Mattel NEVER referred to it's system as INTV. ...why your Intellivision is prone to overheating?? The chipset which provided the guts of the Intellivision, manufactured by General Instruments, was extremely failure-prone. During the initial production runs, there were sometimes failure rates as high as 50%!! ...what the most popular Intellivision game was? Major League Baseball was an instant "classic" and one of the most popular games for the system. The only "problem" with this and many other Intellivision games was that they were for 2-players only. ...just how many positions the Intellivision controller can detect? Yes, it is 16 positions!! This control disc was "revolutionary" for it's time, allowing for greater control with sports titles, but is also one of the reasons Intellivision never did catch up to the Atari 2600. ...if INTV Corp. produced NES titles? Yes, as William Howald found out when he posted this question, answered swiftly by our friend Keith Robinson: : I just found this... I had no idea that INTV made games for the Nintendo!!! How rare is this? Well, we can't tell you how rare it is, but we can tell you its history: In 1989, INTV planned to move into NES production and distribution so they commissioned Realtime Associates (who developed most of the original INTV games) to produce both an Intellivision and NES version of "Monster Truck Rally." When the game was finished, though, INTV had run out of money and credit to manufacture cartridges, so they sold all rights to the NES version to another company, who finally distributed it in 1990 or 91. So as to give that company an "exclusive" on the title, INTV changed the Intellivision version to "Stadium Mud Buggies." "Monster Truck Rally" was the only NES title done by INTV. Since INTV turned around and sold the game to another company before securing the rights from Realtime Associates (i.e. paying them), litigation ensued and the INTV/Realtime relationship fell apart. INTV released no more product after "Stadium Mud Buggies" (and "Spiker, Super Pro Volleyball," released at the same time). INTV filed for bankruptcy in 1991. Realtime Associates, however, is doing great. They've gone on to produce many NES, SNES, Sega, and GameBoy titles. One of their current hits is "Bug" for Saturn. ...if there were 2 or more different versions of the Intellivision II?? Galen Komatsu wondered this, and here are his thoughts on the matter: "Just noticed differences between the two Intellivision II units I have. We'll call one Ernie and the other Bert. On the front nameplate, Ernie has a more bolder looking black surface, Bert is a bit dulled looking, also Bert has the (R) symbol after 'Intellivision' and 'Mattel Electronics'. Ernie has a red stripe around the perimeter of the unit, Bert, none. Ernie's casing has square corners, Bert's corners are more rounded. The button squares on Ernie have a matte finish while Bert's squares have a more "glossy" finish though the areas surrounding the buttons are matte. Looking at the underside labels, the bright orange "IMPORTANT!" has "2609-0090-G1" in the upper corner, Bert has "2609-0090" ... both labels mention eligibility for FREE CARTRIDGE if the unit requires servicing. =^) On the second label, Ernie's looks like: +-----------------------------------------------+ | MATTEL ELECTRONICS (R) Hobby Equipment | | INTELLIVISION (R) II [UL LOGO] | | Model No. 5872 104Z | | FCC ID: BSU9RD5872 | | _______________________________ | ||CAUTION: This is not a toy and | Input Power: | ||is intended for use by or under| 16.2VAC | ||the supervision of adults. | 60HZ | ||_______________________________| 12.8WATTS | | | | Serial No. P3732189 | | MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG | +-----------------------------------------------+ whereas Bert's is just: +---------------------------+ | MATTEL ELECTRONICS (R) | | INTELLIVISION (R) II | | | | Model No. 5872 | | FCC ID: BSU 9RD5872 | | MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG | | | | Serial No. P20176594 | +---------------------------+ I haven't cracked Bert open yet so I don't know if there's any internal differences but both refuse to run early Coleco games." 6.0) Electronic Resources, Books and Magazines: ================================================ 6.1 - Internet Resources ------------------------ World Wide Web pages: - Blue Sky Rangers Website http://www.intellivisionlives.com/ If anything could be considered an "official" source of information on the Intellivision, this is as close as it comes. The page defies description, you'll just need to point your web browser at it and check it out! - Sean Kelly's Homepage http://home.xnet.com/~skelly/ Not a whole lot here yet, but has great potential =) Sean has a very good selection of Intellivision games for sale, his lists for these and any other carts/hardware he has for sale are listed here. - DougM's Inty Site http://members.fortunecity.com/dougm/ Doug's an all-around Intellivision guy =) This page contains his Big List of Mattel stuff. - Tommorow's Heroes http://tomheroes.com/video%20games.htm A place that still sells Intellivision and other retro-gaming stuff. - INTV Funhouse http://intvfunhouse.com/ There's a ton of screenshots of rare things, reviews, listings, etc. - The Intellivision Zone http://www.intellivisionzone.com/ Another great site for rarities, info, reviews, and everything Intellivision related. - Giga Intellivision http://www.gigaintellivision.com/ A great site with tons on the Intellivision - Intellivision Exhibition http://www.hotcom.com/intellivision/ Overlays and screenshots from over 100 games. - Intellivision Gumbo http://members.tripod.com/classic-videogames/intellivision/index.htm At this site you'll find a tasty Intellivision stew, with pictures of rare Intellivision hardware, games, catalogs and fanzines! - Intellivision Bodega http://www.jamrom.com/bodega/index.htm News, reviews, updates and downloads. - Intellivision Library http://spatula-city.org/~intvlib/inty/index.html News, reviews, downloads, music, basic stuff and more. - Intellicart http://www.schells.com/intellicart.shtml Information on the Intellicart, a cartridge for your Intellivision to download games from your computer. - Intellivision Gaming Network http://intvgn.roarvgm.com/ Easter eggs, downloads and tons on the emulators for the Intellivision. Newsgroups: - alt.games.video.classic Discussion of classic (pre-crash) game systems and software. This group may not be available on all sites, and this group does not have very much traffic. - rec.games.video.classic Discussions about any classic (pre-crash) game system are fair play here... If you have a question (and ask nicely), one of the 40 or so people who lurk about regularly will be happy to help you =) - rec.games.video.marketplace If it's a video game, and someone is selling it (or looking to purchase it), you can probably find it here. Please note that this newsgroup is intended for posting of items for sale or items wanted ONLY; discussions should be kept to rec.games.video.classic. This newsgroup is not limited to the classic systems. - rec.games.video.intellivision Some ISP's support this, most don't, so I would recommend sticking to rec.games.video.classic... However, kinda nice to see a group for my favorite system =) 6.2 - Books ----------- Many thanx to Lee K. Seitz, who provided this information from his Classic Video Game Book & Periodical List. Notes on books are copyrighted by the individual authors; all video games are trademarked by their manufacturers. DISCLAIMER - This list is Copyright 1995 by Lee K. Seitz. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part, provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the written permission of the copyright holder. FORMAT OF ENTRIES Book entries are in alphabetical order by author. The format is as follows: Author; _Title_; ISBN; Publisher; Date; Cover Price (in $US); Pages; Format (see abbreviations). Arcade: List of games covered. Home: List of systems covered (see abbreviations) (note 1). Notes: Notes from people who have read it, indicated by user name (see thanks at end). (Note 1: The "Home" section is listed only if the specific games covered are not known. If they are known, the entry will read something like: 2600: KABOOM!, PAC-MAN, PITFALL!. INTV: B-17 BOMBER, PITFALL!.) The names of all games are in ALL CAPS the *first* time they are referenced in connection to a book. This keeps users from worrying about mixed case when searching the document. This is also true of home systems that are not referenced often enough to have an abbreviation. Home system abbreviations are also in ALL CAPS. Periodicals are in alphabetical order by title. The format is as follows: _Title_; ISSN; Publisher; First Issue (date)-Last Issue (date); Frequency; Cover Price (in $US); Pages; Format (see abbreviations). Covers: Arcade, home, computer, and/or handhelds Notes: Notes from people who have read it, indicated by user name (see thanks at end). First and last issue numbers will be listed as they are in the periodical. This means either number (e.g. 1-20) or volume and issue number (e.g. v1n1-v2n8). If only issue numbers are used, this usually means that the entire run of the periodical is considered "volume 1." In such cases, if the periodical were to be canceled and restarted, that would usually be considered "volume 2." Other publishers consider each year the periodical is published to be a separate volume. ------------------------------ ABBREVIATIONS Formats (refers to the size and binding, not the content): COL Coloring book COM Comic book GN Graphic Novel (like a MAG with square binding; upscale COM) HC Hard cover (usually larger than a PB and smaller than a TPB) MAG Magazine NEWS Newsletter PAM Pamphlet (approx. PB size, but no flat spine; staples instead) PB Standard-sized paperback (or close to it) TPB Trade paperback (larger than a PB) Home Systems: 2600 Atari 2600 5200 Atari 5200 7800 Atari 7800 CHNF Channel F CLCO Colecovision INTV Intellivision OD^2 Odyssey^2 VECT Vectrex ------------------------------ Blanchet, Micheal; _How to Beat Atari, Intellivision, and Other Home Video Games_; 0-671-45909-0; Simon & Schuster (Fireside); 1982; $4.95; 128p; PB. INTV: ARMOR BATTLE, ASTRO SMASH, SPACE ARMADA. Notes: Illustrated by R.B. Backhaus. Also contains a chapter on "Converting the Atari Joystick for Left-Handed Use." (mvcooley) Blumenthal, Howard J.; _The Complete Guide to Electronic Games_; [ISBN?]; [Publisher?]; 1981; $[?]; [?]p; [Format?]. Home: 2600, INTV, OD^2. Notes: Concentrates on hand-held videogames as well as home systems such as the Atari 2600, Intellivision, Odyssey, APF, etc. (rbarbaga) Blumenthal, Howard J.; _The Media Room: Creating Your Own Home Entertainment and Information Center; 0-140-46538-3; Penguin Books; 1983; $9.95; 184p; TPB. Home: 2600, 5200, CLCO, INTV, PONG, ODYSSEY. Notes: Contains a single chapter on "Videogames" [sic], although there are other mentions throughout the book. This chapter give a very brief history of video games, starting with coin-op Pong and quickly switching to home systems. It concentrates on the 2600 and Intellivision, although the recently released 5200 and Colecovision are also mentioned. Also contains some nice B&W pictures of the 2600, Intellivision, and 5200. (lkseitz) Cohen, Daniel; _Video Games_; 0-671-45872-8; Pocket Books; 1982; $1.95; 120p; PB. Home: 2600, CLCO, INTV, OD^2. Notes: Adolescent level book that discusses how video games work and their history. Contains lots of nice B&W photos of arcade games, home game consoles, some Intellivision screen shots (from before the games were officially named), and more. (lkseitz) Cohen, Daniel & Susan; _The Kid's Guide to Home Computers_; 0-671-49361-2; Pocket Books; 1983; $1.95; 118p; PB. Home: 2600, INTV, CLCO, OD^2. Notes: Though this book would seemingly be only about computers, it contains a fair amount of video game information also. Contains several B&W system and game photos of several systems (INTV, Odyssey, Coleco, Adam, Aquarius, 800, Apple, C-64, Vic 20, etc.)! Also contains some INTV computer system game shots of these unreleased games: Number Jumbler, Flinstones: Keyboard Fun, Game Maker and Basic Programmer. Also contains a section on peripherals that covers joysticks (Spectravideo, Coleco Super Action), printers, monitors, etc. (APDF35D) Has a "turn your game system into a computer" section, which features a brief discussion of ADAM, Aquarius, INTV and 2600 computer add-ons, as well as a mention of an INTELLIVISION-III (not the INTV-III) with battery operated controls and built-in speech synth. Interesting. (jmcdonald) Dodd, John Carroll; _A Study of the Toy Market, Videogame [sic] Industry, Psychological Role of Toys, and Toy Construction in Relation to a Proposed Promotion Campaign for Mattel Electronics Intellivision Video System_; NO ISBN; NO PUBLISHER; 1982; NO PRICE; 56p; bound photocopy. Home: INTV Notes: Okay, so it isn't a book. It's a School of Art honors paper at Kent State University. It was too good to pass up. If anyone goes to K.S.U. to look it up, I'd appreciate a photocopy. (lkseitz) Hirschfeld, Tom; _How to Master Home Video Games_; 0-553-20195-6; Bantam; 1982; $2.95; 198p; PB. INTV: ARMOR BATTLE, ASTROSMASH, SEA BATTLE, SPACE ARMADA, SPACE BATTLE. Notes: Each game is presented with a B&W illustration of the board with pointers to what each part of the screen represents and then has the following sections in outline format: controls, scoring, dangers, observations, and strategies. The following games also have a game variation matrix (in case you lose your manual, I guess): Asteroids, Combat, Missile Command, Space Invaders, and Warlords. Also includes sections on high scores, clubs, exact instructions on how to find the secret room in Adventure, some arcade games, and manufacturer addresses. For the completist, the arcade games are DEFENDER, PAC-MAN, ASTEROIDS, CENTIPEDE, SCRAMBLE, PHOENIX, GORF, GALAXIAN, BERZERK, and ASTEROIDS DELUXE. (lkseitz) Hoye, David; _The Family Playbook for Intellivision Games_; 0-8065-0799-3; Citadel; 1982; $5.95; 188p; [Format?]. Home: INTV. Notes: Early Intellivision titles, detailed info. (jlodoen) Kubey, Craig; _The Winners' Book of Video Games_; 0-446-37115-7; Warner Books; 1982; $5.95; 270p; TPB. INTV: BLACKJACK, LAS VEGAS POKER, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, NFL FOOTBALL, SPACE BATTLE. Notes: Includes a smattering of B&W photos and illustrations. This includes photos of the controls of Asteroids, Defender, Pac-Man, and Missile Command, plus a photo of the never-released Keyboard Component for the Intellivision I. Be warned that some of the home games listed are brief reviews as opposed to playing tips. Also includes sections on "Great Video Game Arcades in the United States and Canada," "Video Game Etiquette," "Video Songs" (songs to play by, not generally specifically about video games), "The Future," "Videomedicine," "Video Reform," history & status of the coin-op and home industries, and a "Glossary of Video Slang," some of which I've never heard. (lkseitz) Rovin, Jeff; _The Complete Guide to Conquering Video Games: How to Win at Every Game in the Galaxy_; 0-020-29970-2 (PB); Collier Books; 1982; $5.95 (PB); 407p; PB, HC. INTV: ABPA BACKGAMMON, ARMOR BATTLE, ASTROSMASH, AUTO RACING, BASKETBALL, BOXING, CHECKERS, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH FUN, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY WORD FUN, HORSE RACING, LAS VEGAS POKER AND BLACKJACK, LAS VEGAS ROULETTE, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, NASL SOCCER, NFL FOOTBALL, NHL HOCKEY, PBA BOWLING, PGA GOLF, SEA BATTLE, SNAFU, SPACE ARMADA, SPACE BATTLE, TENNIS, TRIPLE ACTION, U.S. SKI TEAM SKIING. Notes: [Some of the above names might not be actual cartridges, but just some games from a cartridge, due to the way the book is organized. If you see an entry that should be changed or entries that should be folded into one, please let me know. (lkseitz)] Includes index. By the editor of and could order from _Videogaming Illustrated_ (see periodicals). There also exists a hardback edition. It is labeled "special book club edition" on the inside flap of the dust cover. Games were grouped by type (i.e. Atari's Surround includes hints on Intellivision's Snafu and Bally's Checkmate) because the hints were virtually the same. Each game types has the following sections: object, rating, strategies, cross-references, and video originals. Each game also has a simple cartoon/illustration to go with it. Also includes chapters on taking care of your video games, computer games, the future of video gaming, and a glossary. (lkseitz) Stern, Sydney Ladenshohn and Ted Schoenhaus; _Toyland: The High-Stakes Game of the Toy Industry_; [ISBN?]; [Publisher?]; [Date?]; $[?]; [?]p; [Format?]. Home: 2600, CLCO, INTV. Notes: It's a history on the toy industry with a great chapter on video games. It's got detailed information on Atari's downfall but also quite a bit about Mattel and Coleco plus some stories about 3rd party developers. Later in the book it focuses on the industry circa 1988-9. (rbarbaga) Stovall, Rawson; _The Video Kid's Book of Home Video Games_; 0-385-19309-2; Doubleday & Co. (Dolphin); 1984; $6.95; 140p; TPB?. Home: 2600, 5200, CLCO, INTV, OD^2, VECT. Notes: The 11-year-old author reviews more than 80 video games available for the six different systems available at the time, and offers advice on strategy. Sullivan, George; _How to Win at Video Games_; 0-590-32630-9; Scholastic; 1982; $1.95; 175p; PB. Home: 2600, INTV, OD^2, CHNF. Notes: To emphasize the importance of Pac-Man on classic video games, note that each of the above games is a section of a single chapter, except Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, which are contained within their own chapter. It also covers the Atari 2600 Pac-Man and the Coleco table-top. Each games is described with a B&W illustration (not to scale), a brief description, and sections on the controls, scoring, and strategy & tactics. There is also a chapter on home systems, listing "the five companies that offer home video games" (Atari VCS, Intellivision, Odyssey^2, Activision [sic], and Channel F). Another on handheld and table-model games, and finally "Great Dates in Video Games", which includes the Arkie awards up to 1982, and a brief glimpse of the future. (lkseitz) Worley, Joyce; _Video Games_; [ISBN?]; Dell Publishing Co., Inc.; 1982; $0.69; 64p; PAM?. Home: 2600, ASTROCADE, CLCO, INTV, OD^2. Notes: Contains instructions for playing arcade games as well as some hints on how to beat them (this is bottom of the barrel stuff here). Takes 3 pages out for home video game systems (basically just to say buy one if you like playing these kinds of games). No ISBN number, but it's #9280 in the series. (APDF35D) 6.3 - Magazines --------------- _Activisions_; [ISSN?]; Activision; 1 ([Date?])-[Issue?] ([Date?]); quarterly; free; [?]p; NEWS. Covers: HOME (2600, [more?]). Notes: Ran through at least #7 (Fall 1983). _Blip_; NO ISSN; Marvel Comics Group; 1 (Feb 1983)-7 (Aug 1983); monthly; $1.00; 32p; COM. Covers: ARCADE, HOME. Notes: Marvel tried to get in on the video game fad. As you can see, it didn't last long. Despite the size, this was a magazine and not a comic book. It was aimed more at younger readers than adult, but is still enjoyable. It also has some good cartoons. (Did you know that all Donkey Kong wanted was for someone to scratch behind his ears? 8-) (lkseitz) _Digital Press_; NO ISSN; Digital Press; [Issue?] ([Date?])-[Issue?] ([Date?]); bimonthly?; $10/6 issues; [?]p; [Format?]. Covers: HOME. Notes: STILL IN PRINT. A subscription (6 issues) to DP is $10. Make checks payable to Joe Santulli at: Digital Press 44 Hunter Place Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 You can contact Digital Press at http://www.digitpress.com/index2.htm _Electronic Games_; 0730-6687; Reese Publishing Co.; v1n1 (Winter 1982?)-v3n4 (April 1985?); monthly (through Jan 1984), then bimonthly?; $2.95; [?]p; MAG. Covers: ARCADE, HOME, [more?]. Notes: The very first video game magazine. The name was changed to _Computer Entertainment_ with the May 1985 issue. (wal) It is known that the Mar 1982 issue is vol. 1, no. 2. _JoyStik_; [ISSN?] (LCCN sf93-91365); Publications International, Ltd.; v1n1 (Sep 1982)-[Issue?] ([Date?]); "six times a year"; $2.95; 64p; MAG. Covers: ARCADE, HOME, COMPUTER. Notes: Ran through at least v2n3 (Dec 1983). Color. Many screen shots. By the same publisher who did the Consumer Guide books. _Ken Uston's Newsletter on Video Games_; [ISSN?]; New American Library, Inc.; [Issue?] ([Date?])-[Issue?] ([Date?]); [Frequency?]; $9.95/year; [?]p; NEWS. Covers: [Info?] Notes: Advertised in back of _Ken Uston's Home Video '83_ and _Score!_. Unkown if it was ever actually published. _Video Games_; 0733-6780; Pumpkin Press Inc.; v1n1 (Aug 1982)-v2n? (Mar 1984); bimonthly (Aug 1982-Dec 1982), monthly (Jan 1983-Jan 1984); $2.95; 84p (Dec 1982), 106p (Feb 1983), 82p (all others); MAG. Covers: ARCADE, HOME, COMPUTER, HANDHELD. Notes: This was a full color magazine. In had many photos of cabinets, consoles, handhelds, and screens. Beginning with the March 1983 issue, the back page had stats on the best selling home games, top earning arcade games, and selected scores from the Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard. This magazine is of no relation to the current _VideoGames_ (one word) magazine. (lkseitz) _Video Games Player_; [ISSN?]; [Publisher?]; 1 (Fall 1982)-[Issue?] (1983?); $[?]; [?]p; MAG. Covers: HOME, [more?]. Notes: [Info?] _Videogaming Illustrated_; 0739-4373 (LCCN sn83-8303); Ion International, Inc.; Aug 1982-[Date?]; "bimonthly in Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec"; $2.75 (Aug 1982), $2.95 (Feb 1983); 66p (Aug 1982), 74p (Feb 1983); MAG. Covers: ARCADE, HOME. Notes: Ran through at least Sep 1983. Color and B&W. Can you tell I only have two issues of this? 8) (lkseitz) 7.0) Repair tips and information: ================================== Most of the information provided here has been taken from the book "Repairing Your Home Video Game: How To Save A Buck While Your Kids Drive You Insane", by Gordon Jennings, or has come from personal experience. Excerpts taken from the book are enclosed in quotes. DISCLAIMER!!!!! ============================================================================== Contained in this FAQ is repair information that may damage yourself or your beloved Intellivision. I WILL NOT accept any responsibility for what these instructions. I've tried them, and had no problems. But please don't blame me for ANY problems these plans may cause. Experiment at your own risk! ============================================================================== 7.1 - Hand Controllers ---------------------- Let's face it, I don't know a single person would could say that they prefer the Intellivision hand controllers over a standard joystick with a straight face, but you're stuck with them if you own an INTV I or III, as they are hard-wired into the unit. There WILL come a time when they will fail. Fortunately, there are some simple steps short of totally disassembling the main console you can take to fix controllers. "Inside the controller is a plastic sheet with a circuit painted (or silk- screened) on it. This is call the Membrane Printed Circuit Board, or MPCB for short. Often, pieces of the circuit chip off and cause the controller to short out. This can be repaired by opening the controller and cleaning out the MPCB with a soft cloth" "To gain access to the MPCB, loosen and remove the four small screws on the back of the controller. With the controller facing up, lift off the top cover. Remove the round control button and the spring beneath it. There should also be a white plastic spacer, sandwiched between two sections of the MPCB directly beneath the spring (Note its position. It must be placed back between these two sections when you put the controller back together)." "Slide out the black side buttons (When reassembling the controller, these are useful in holding down the MPCB, which tends to pop out). Remove the gold numeric pad and the clear sheet (static shield) beneath it." "Remove the MPCB. Visually inspect it to see if it's still in good condition. Hold it up to the light; if you see any holes or breaks in it, it should be replaced." To reassemble the hand controller, follow the above instructions in reverse order. "Note that the MPCB, static shield, and numeric pad have two small holes in each of them. These holes interlock with the two pins protruding from the bottom cover of the hand controller, making it easier to align and adjust the MPCB into its proper position." If your MPCB's require replacement, a great source of spare parts are those totally trashed, $2 INTV consoles you pass up at the flea market. Not only are the hand controllers usually in working order, but you get a whole slew of other spare parts, such as logic boards, transformer assemblies, power supplies and switches. 7.2 - Cartridge Problems ------------------------ Help!! I've turned on my console and all I get is a black screen!! What do I do?? First off, follow the teachings of one of my favorite sci-fi authors, Douglas Adams: "Don't Panic!" Secondly, ensure that the cartridge is properly inserted. Not inserting the cartridge far enough, or even inserting the cartridge too far can cause the console not the read the game. Dirty contacts on the cartridge itself may also cause a problem; use a cotton swab and some denatured alcohol to remove any corrosion from the gold contacts (the swabs used for cleaning VCR heads work best, as they are lint-free). I STRONGLY recommend against using a pencil eraser, as is so popular in many PC repair circles. Not only does the rubber build up a static charge in the cart, potentially damaging the ROM's, it also removes some of the gold plating on the PC board. Too many treatments of this manner could result in a useless game. If you know the problem is not with the cart, all is not lost. If you're handy with a volt-ohm meter, you can usually pinpoint the problem to one of the major components inside the console. 7.3 - Console Disassembly ------------------------- For those of you who have seen the inside of an Intellivision before, skip to the next section. What follows is a basic description of all of the Intellivision's major components. The system is comprised of four major components. "First is the transformer assembly. The assembly itself is made up of smaller component; the AC Power Cord, the ON/OFF switch, and a small plastic connector." "The next major component is the power supply board. It receives AC power from the transformer assembly, and transforms it into several different DC values. Not only does it convert the voltages, but it also stabilizes them for the logic board." The third set of components are the hand controllers. "The final unit is called the logic board. This board is the brains of the Intellivision." Okay, so with phillips screwdriver in hand, you're ready to rip apart your Intellivision. First off, as with any electronic repair work, be sure that your work area is free of static electricity. I personally use a wrist grounding strap clipped to some metal portion of your work area. "Unplug the unit from the wall and from the television. Remove any cartridge from the machine. Turn the power switch to the ON position to drain any stored up voltage. Place a soft cloth on your work area. Turn the console upside down and place it on the cloth. Using a phillips screwdriver (some units may require a nut driver), remove the six cover retaining screws." "Turn the unit back over and gently lift off the top cover. The small brown cover for the ON/OFF switch will come off at this point. Weave the hand controllers through the holes in the top cover." "The insides of the Intellivision are now exposed. You should be able to identify he four major component groups. There is a brown plastic plate covering and securing the logic board, transformer and power supply board. Remove the six screws holding down the plate, and place them aside." Be CERTAIN to see how the controllers are placed in this plastic plate, as they must be replaced in the exact same fashion in order for the top cover to fit securely. 7.4 - General Troubleshooting ----------------------------- Some of the procedures listed here will require the use of a volt-ohm meter. All of this material has been taken from the aforementioned reference. Problem: When you turn the game on the screen clears, title comes on, but game will not play when hand controllers are pushed. Repair: This normally indicates that on or both of the MPCBs must be cleaned or replaced. Sometime you can open up the hand controller, clean it off, put it back together and it will work. (see 7.1 for info.) If you have cleaned or replaced both MPCBs and the problem still exists, then you may need a couple of new hand controller cables or a new logic board. Problem: When you turn the game on, the screen clears (turns dark), but game title does not appear on the screen. Repair: With the power switch in the OFF position, take the cover off the unit. Unplug the transformer assembly from the power supply board. Place the power switch in the ON position. Using your VOM, test the following voltages: - The first readings you'll need to take are on the plastic connector of the transformer assembly. They are AC voltage readings. If the voltages do not read as follows, then replace the transformer assembly, it cannot be repaired. ________ Yellow Lead --+ ------| | | Blue Lead --+ ------| | | Green/Yellow Lead --+ ------| | | Green Lead --+ ------| | | Green Lead --+ ------|_|_____| Yellow Lead to Blue Lead - 18 VAC Green/Yellow lead to any Green - 9.25 VAC Green Lead to Green Lead - 18.5 VAC - Turn the unit off. Reconnect the transformer assembly to the power supply board. - Turn the unit ON. The next set of voltages are DC voltages and should be read from the other end of the power supply board. They can be taken right off the cables leading to the logic board. There are two sets of leads; a small two prong lead near the top of the board, and a flat five prong lead near the bottom right corner. Place the black clip of your volt-ohm meter on the lead from the two prong clip farthest from you (if looking down, the is the lead closest to the upper right hand corner). Place the other lead of your meter into the holes for the 5 prong lead each in turn, and note the voltages. They should read as follows: _______ + 5 VDC --+ | |_| | + 12 VDC --+ | |_| | + 16 VDC --+ | |_| | + 0 VDC --+ | |_| | - 2 VDC --+ |_|_|_| If any of the voltages are not present, the power supply board should be replaced. If you want to attempt to repair the board, most of the problems are associated with the two voltage regulators, one being a 7805 and the other being a 7812, or the two larger capacitors. 7.5 - Pinouts for INTV Controller --------------------------------- The pinouts and information listed below are courtesy of Steve Roode, who in a fit of boredom decided to find out what happened when he pushed the 5 key on his Intellivision keypad... In trying to build the ultimate Intellivision Controller, I thought that the hard part would be trying to figure out all of the pin assignment combinations for all of the buttons on the controller. It turns out I was wrong! That was the easy part... The hard part is finding components to make the controller with! I went to a couple of stores to look for a rugged, phone style type keypad, nice metal stick, and a couple of rugged arcade style fire buttons. Couldn't find any of them! Oh well... Maybe you can! The following will describe all of the pinouts combinations for all of the buttons on an Intellivision Controller (NOTE: I only spent time to figure 8 directions out on the disc. I figured it would be almost impossible to find a 16 direction joystick, and most games don't require that many directions anyway). I used a Sears Intellivision Controller since I had an extra one and it was removable from the system. Remove the screws on the back of the controller and open it up. Next, remove the disc, the side buttons and keypad. What you should see in the controller is a terminal where the cable comes into the unit. It should look something like this (The numbers aren't really there; they are my own numbering system): --------------- 1 | ----- | | ----- | 6 2 | ----- | | ----- | 7 3 | ----- | | ----- | 8 4 | ----- | | ----- | 9 5 | ----- | --------------- Each pin on the terminal connects to a wire which connects into the Intellivision. The numbers DO NOT correspond to the connector pin numbers; They are my own numbering scheme. However, with a little effort, the interested experimenter can map them if desired. OK, using the numbering scheme above I was able to figure out the pin combinations for each button on the controller. This took a lot of time tracing out the circuit on the plastic keypad, and verifying it with a Baseball cartridge plugged in! The following pins must be connected for each of the corresponding controller operations: Connecting Pins Makes the Controller Perform =============== ============================= 1 and 4 Up Disc 1 and 2 Down Disc 1 and 5 Left Disc 1 and 3 Right Disc 1, 3, and 4 Diagonal Up/Right Disc 1, 2, 3 and 9 Diagonal Down/Right Disc 1, 2, and 5 Diagonal Down/Left Disc 1, 4, 5 and 9 Diagonal Up/Left Disc 1, 6, and 8 Upper Left and Upper Right Side Button (SAME!) 1, 7, and 8 Lower Left Side Button 1, 6, and 7 Lower Right Side Button 1, 2, and 6 Keypad 1 1, 2, and 7 Keypad 2 1, 2, and 8 Keypad 3 1, 3, and 6 Keypad 4 1, 3, and 7 Keypad 5 1, 3, and 8 Keypad 6 1, 4, and 6 Keypad 7 1, 4, and 7 Keypad 8 1, 4, and 8 Keypad 9 1, 5, and 6 Keypad CLEAR 1, 5, and 7 Keypad 0 1, 5, and 8 Keypad ENTER Whew! As you can see, pin 1 connects to every combination, so in building your controller it may be easier to connect this pin to a common strip and connect all controls to this strip. In examining this circuit, you can see why pressing 1 and 9 at the same time is just as effective as pushing 3 and 7 if you want to pause a game. It connects the same pins either way (Pins 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8); You could even build a separate PAUSE button on your controller if you desire! Many interesting features could be built into this controller. For example, if you are familiar with a 555 Timer IC, you could build an adjustable auto-fire button! But the most important thing in building it is FINDING the components. My initial idea was to use a push-button phone keypad. Although it would take a little getting used to (and you really couldn't use overlays), it would last a LONG time. Anyways, who actually USES the overlays! If a game requires them, just put one by the side of the controller. I hope this info gives you the start that you need so that one day you can throw those Intellivision Controllers where they belong... the trash! 7.6 - Fixing INTV II Controllers -------------------------------- (This little bit of hackery was provided courtesy of William Moeller) I just finished refurbishing an Intellivision II unit so I would have a matching Master Component to go with my ECS. I have found quite a few units, and they all have the same problems. They are missing the power supply, and the hand controllers are inoperative. On the original unit, the mylar keypad is held onto the controller wires by pressure from two screws. When a hand controller on the original Master component stops working correctly, usually taking them apart, cleaning and putting them back together, making sure the screws are tight does the trick. On the Intellivision II controllers, there are no screws! I ended up breaking one apart to see how they worked (it was trashed already of course). The knowledge I gained allowed me to carefully take apart a few controllers to cobble two together to go with my II Master Component. The first thing that needs to be done is the top piece has to be taken off. This is the piece that the disc is flush with. It is held on by little plastic "hooks". A crude drawing is shown. I I I I I I / I__/ These "hooks" are located in five spots. The first is in the center at the bottom of the disc. The next two are located on both sides, right where the top of the disk ends, and the keypad begins. The other two are right at the top, where the overlay slides in. They are marked with an X on the diagram below. __________________________ ========================== I Intellivision II I I Hand Controller I ========================== X I I X I 1 2 3 I I I I I I 4 5 6 I I I I I I 7 8 9 I I I I Clear 0 Enter I X I========================I X I ___ I I / \ I I / \ I I ( ) I I \ / I I \ ___ / I I I I========================I X Use a small screw driver to press the plastic at the correct location, and pry each of the hooks out in an upward motion, being sure not to break them. This part is very important and cannot be broken. Be sure to look for the four teeth that slide into the hand controller and rest behind the four buttons. These cannot be broken. Their purpose is to press the mylar when the buttons are pressed against them. The buttons push on these plastic teeth, which in turn puts pressure on the mylar. Take the disc, disc spring, and plastic cover and put aside. Now comes the tricky part. Getting the cover off of the base is difficult. Examine your controller and see if the bottom of the controller has a crack in it, or if the buttons are broken. If it is obvious the buttons are broken, try and save the cover... if the bottom and buttons are good, CAREFULLY press the bottom part of the controller at the four "H" locations in the diagram below. Intellivision II Hand Controller Bottom Piece ===================== ======== I I I I I H Iwire I H I I H I I H I \ I_____I I _ I /_ I I I I I I I I B I I B I I I I B I I B I I I I I I I I --I I-- / \ I I I H H I I H H I I I I================================I Usually, I start on the right hand bottom side, and end up breaking the hooks there. Then getting the other hooks to let go is a little easier. Breaking one set of hooks is not that serious, because one can glue the controller closed on re-assembly. Make sure that the buttons do not get broken off when sliding the top cover off! Once this step is done, replace the wires/mylar pad/keypad numbers as required. It is then time to reassemble. Make sure that you do not forget the circular plastic piece between the mylar. That is it! Put together the controller the exact opposite order. Happy repairs! 7.7 - Simple mod for an Intellivision 2 controller -------------------------------------------------- (Compliments of Barry Laws Jr) Does everybody agree with me that the Intellivision 2 controller is worse than the original INTV controller? Hell yeah! The keypad feels ultra-cheap. Well, I performed a simple mod to my Intellivision 2 controllers, and while Intellivision controllers suck, I actually improved my INTV2 controllers! Here's what you need : Intellivision 2 controller Intellivision 1 controller Phillips-head screwdriver Scissors or Utility Knife (to open up the INTV2 controller) Turn the INTV1 controller upside down and remove the screws. Turn the controller right-side-up and remove the top case. The gold controller disc may possibly lift up as well. Remove the INTV1 keypad and set it and the gold controller disc aside for now. Using the scissors or utility Knife, open your INTV2 controller. Be careful not to break the plastic hooks which keep the controller together. Set the top case of the INTV2 controller aside. Remove the flimsy INTV2 keypad and throw it away. You can also remove the black controller disc if you want to. Using a pair of scissors or a utility knife, cut off the top clear plastic from the INTV1 keypad, and cut the clear plastic side flaps, but don't cut the sides off completely. Position the INTV1 keypad in the INTV2 controller, and make sure that the keypad buttons are aligned correctly. If you decided to replace the black controller disc with the gold controller disc, then remove the black controller disc but leave the small spring in the controller. Place the gold controller disc on top of the spring. Put the top case of the INTV2 controller back on, and VOILA! You have an INTV2 controller with a much better keypad. Another way of replacing the controller is replacing the INTV1 controller plug with a standard 9-pin female plug, and/or modifying a Colecovision controller or a Jaguar controller for use on the INTV2. If you would rather go one of these routes, then more power to you, and there are probably instructions on the net and the newsgroups for these mods, but if you want a simple no-frills mod which combines the look and feel of the INTV1 controller with the outer shell and 9-pin plug of the INTV2 controller, then go with this mod. 7.8 - You've really messed up and are wondering what to do... ------------------------------------------------------------- (This information was provided by our friend Keith Robison from the Blue Sky Rangers, inclusion of this info does not serve as an endorsement... Well, heck, unless someone else knows someone who officially repairs Intellivision equipment, this HAS to be an endorsement =) ) One of the most asked questions we get at the Blue Sky Rangers is "Where can I get my Intellivision repaired?" Well, the official Intellivision repair service (i.e. the one Mattel still refers people to when they call) is: J.H.C. Electronics Service 901 South Fremont Avenue #108 Alhambra, California 91803 phone: 818-308-1685 fax: 818-308-1548 J.H.C. is owned by James Hann, the guy who ran the repair service for INTV Corporation. While their primary business is special controllers for newer videogame systems, they still have the equipment to test and repair Intellivisions and are (amazingly) still willing to do it. They advertise: "J.H.C. Electronics will repair any Intellivision video game system, no matter where or when purchased, for one low price! Complete overhaul, thorough testing, no-charge return shipping to you -- only $49.95." [Yes, we know used, working units sell for half that in the newsgroup, but that wasn't the question, was it?] J.H.C. can also repair Intellivoice and computer modules. Call for prices. Note: They do NOT have Intellivision II power supplies. They get asked that all the time, and they looked into having some made, but the minimum order is 500. J.H.C. has 100 people on a list now, and if they get 400 more commitments they'll have a batch made up. We wouldn't hold our breath, unless someone wants to pay $3,000 for the first one to get the ball rolling. Still, if you want to be added to the list, e-mail us at Tech@intellivisionlives.com; we'll pass them along to James if a significant number of people write. Finally, if you've visited the Blue Sky Rangers website lately, you'll have noticed we posted the instructions on how to modify your Intellivision or INTV Master Component to work with the System Changer (only the Intellivision II works with the System Changer as is). For those of you who don't want to mess with doing this yourself, J.H.C. says they'll do the modification for $20. Cheap insurance not to destroy your Intellivision, your house, or yourself. If you do contact J.H.C., please let them know the Blue Sky Rangers sent you! 8.0) Programmer Interviews: ============================ The two following interviews were conducted over Internet with a couple of ex-Mattel Electronics employees by Sean Kelly. 8.1 - Daniel Bass ----------------- :What was your line of work before you became an Intellivision programmer? I joined TRW right out of grad school, I was working there as a software engineer. I had started in Feb. 1981, just as the Reagan Administration came into office. The job I was supposed to work on was frozen, and there was an enormous delay in getting any kind of security clearance, so that limited what projects were available to me. As a result, I spent my first year there not accomplishing very much on a variety of small projects. :How/Why did you come to work at Mattel? In the spring of 1982, I heard on the radio of an Open House / Job Fair at Mattel Electronics, and I thought it would be a fun way to spend the afternoon - playing with their latest games and gadgets. I was not very happy about my job at TRW, but I wasn't looking to go anywhere. When I got there, I started talking to one of the managers about Dungeons & Dragons, a personal passion of mine. He was looking for some people to develop a D & D style game for the Intellivision Keyboard, the big keyboard. One thing led to another, and in a few weeks I was on board at Mattel Electronics. :Exactly which games did you personally program? Loco-Motion was the only game I programmed start to finish. I also programmed Tower of Doom but I only had the game about 80% done when Mattel Electronics went out of business. I had concentrated on the special effects and mechanics, but I hadn't put in the game play and strategy that I had had in mind. A few years later, one of the guys was contracting out with whoever it was that had bought up all the Intellivision property (was that INTV?) to finish a bunch of the games that were in development when M.E. went under. Tower of Doom was one of those games. I had since moved from California to Massachusetts, and so had not the equipment, nor time to do the completion. He got one of the other programmers to finish it up, but he didn't add any gameplay either, he just tidied up the loose ends so that the game had an ending and wouldn't crash. :Were you involved in programming any other games? Most games were developed by a single Game Designer, with the help of certain "specialists." There were a few graphic artists who designed most of the graphics for most of the games, a few sound people who developed most of the sound effects. However, the total game development and integration was done by a single engineer. There was a lot of testing, feedback, and reviews amongst the game designers. A significant portion of our work week was assigned to playing other people's games to find bugs, cite improvements and offer suggestions. To this end I worked on several games, but that wouldn't qualify as programming. I also worked on several projects that just didn't go anywhere, and were dropped. The whole big keyboard project (for which I had been hired) was dropped not long after I started working there. It was deemed to be to expensive to produce, so that it would be unsaleable. Subsequently it was redesigned, and code-named "LUCKI" [pronounced 'lucky'] for Low User-Cost Keyboard Interface. I started developing a Stock Market game for the LUCKI, when, one day, the arcade version of Loco-Motion turned up next to my cubicle. I watched and played several games, and I was hooked. Literally overnight I had developed an Intellivision prototype of the arcade game, and the rest, as they say, is history. :What was it like working for Mattel? It was an absolute blast! The people there were all a bunch of overgrown kids, and management encouraged us to work on having fun as hard as get- ting product out. The result was an atmosphere of great teamwork and camaraderie. Some examples: The annual office party would be held by renting out a local video arcade and providing Pizza / Deli / Beer / Sodas and unlimited video games to all the staff and their families. The arrival of a new piece of equipment would often lead to the impromptu creation of a new game, using the packing materials in the hall. Several of the managers in particular were particularly creative in constructing these games. Numerous arcade machines lined the walls of the work areas, and people were encouraged to take breaks to study the games and improve our hand-eye coordination. All of Mattel Electronics and families were invited to Disney Studios for a private pre-release screening of "Tron" . :Can you fill us in on any 'unfinished' projects that may have been :in the works when Mattel Electronics went out of business? I'm afraid that I can't be much help here. So I'll answer a different question. Things started turning down for the entire video game market around the beginning of 1983. I finished Loco-Motion, and in the summer, started working on Tower of Doom. It was originally supposed to be a voice-optional game, and by the fall I was putting in many long hours focused on getting that going. Around October, Mattel had its first round of layoffs. About 1/3 of the staff was gone over- night. The atmosphere had become quite depressed, and I coped by becoming ever more involved with working on Tower of Doom, and blocking out what was going on around me. In November we had the second round of layoffs, and another third of the staff was gone. It seemed like there was no hope left for the few of us that remained, but I kept plugging away at T-O-D, hoping that I'd have enough time to finish the game. Unfortunately, in January 1984, Mattel Electronics went out of business, and that was that. So, about all I remember from that time period was how depressing things got, and how desperate I was getting, hoping that I'd be able to finish T-O-D. :As game collectors, one of the biggest problems we have is finding out :exactly what games are out there to be had. Do you know of any games :that may be in existence that are not listed on the 'complete' listing :I sent you? I doubt I can help you here. While I enjoyed playing the games, I was never a 'walking encyclopedia' on them. :Do you still own an Intellivision system? Yes, although I never use it. Now my son Aaron (9 years old) uses it. :What was/is your personal favorite Intellivision game? Now you're going to have me make enemies of all people whose games I don't mention! :-) Well, leaving aside a personal bias for Loco-Motion and Tower of Doom, I really like Thunder Castle for its graphics and music. It is such a pleasure to look at and listen to, that you can forgive it its simple game play. There was a Pinball game I liked, but I was always more into pinball machines than Arcade Video games. Buzz Bombers and Thin Ice were both cute. My favorite game when I was on mental overload was Shark! Shark! I found that the colors, sound, and pace of the game was generally rest- ful and relaxing, unlike most video games which leave you all keyed up and strung out. 8.2 - Ray Kaestner ------------------ :What was your line of work before you became an Intellivision programmer? I came to Mattel straight out of school. I was a EE major. Initially, I hired on at Mattel to do handheld games, such as electronic football, basketball, etc. then moved into the Intellivision group after a couple of years. :How/Why did you come to work at Mattel? After graduating from UCLA in 1978, I did a lot of interviewing. Most of the local companies in Southern California were defense oriented and I wasn't particularly interested in going down that path at that time. I also talked to a number of chip companies in Silicon Valley. By far, the most interesting job was the one at Mattel. I had my doubts about Mattel's longterm stability, since they had recently completed some litigation about how they were running the business and also since the toy industry in general tends to follow boom and bust cycles. However, in the final analysis, it came down to that sure sounds like it would be a lot of fun. : Exactly which games did you personally program? : Were you involved in programming any other games? In Intellivision, my games for Mattel were BurgerTime and I also did about half the programming on Masters of the Universe. After Mattel got out of the business, I worked on Diner (a BurgerTime sequel) and Super Pro Hockey for INTV, who took over the Intellivision business from Mattel. I also worked on the concept development for Super Pro Football, though I didn't do any of the programming. In handheld games, I wrote Computer Gin and World Championship Football. In addition, I also worked with a championship chess player on Computer Chess. : What was it like working for Mattel? It was a blast! The best part by far was the team that we had put together. There was lots of diversity the talents and interests of members of the group and that added a lot to the quality of the games. In fact, every year there is the annual layoff reunion party, where everyone gets together to reminisce and network and all those sorts of good things. Next year is the 10th anniversary, so there may be some special festivities planned. : Can you fill us in on any 'unfinished' projects that may have been : in the works when Mattel Electronics went out of business? When things went under at Mattel, I was working on a sequel to Masters of the Universe with a lot of Escher-looking screens. After a few mutations and change in characters and story line, I was able to finish that game as Diner, a sequel to BurgerTime done by INTV. When INTV bought out the rights to Intellivision, they bought the right to all the work in progress at the time. Much of the work that was fairly far along was later published by INTV, so you can see what was happening at that point. After a while, we ran out of pre-existing work, and so we ended up doing some new work and other sequels to existing games, especially the sports titles. : Do you still own an Intellivision system? Of course! Since the machines tended to breakdown every so often and since I suspected that it would become increasingly difficult to get them fixed, I made sure to store away 3 or 4 Intellivisions in the attic to make sure that my kids would be able to see what I had done at Mattel. So far, I have only lost one machine, so they were a lot more reliable than I thought they would be. : What was/is your personal favorite Intellivision game? Of the work that I did, I would probably rank Diner as my favorite, followed closely by BurgerTime. I would also rank Night Stalker pretty highly. I also played a lot of Sea Battle and would count that among my favorites. : What is your line of work now? After Mattel went under, since there was so little commercial work around the area and no video games work anywhere at the time, I went to TRW to work on defense systems. Fortunately, I was able to get involved with some pretty fun projects using early versions of Sun Workstations and so I was able to have some fun, learning lots about GUI and all those things that are still increasing in popularity. I even designed a paint program for a government project, probably one of the only paint programs ever done specifically for the government. Since then, I've moved over to the PC business and am doing Windows work for first for Software Publishing Corporation on Harvard Graphics for Windows. I also worked on their InfoAlliance project, which was one of the first GUI database projects available. Unfortunately, though the market was ready for such a product, SPC was not and the product died an unfortunate death. Currently, I am at Borland working on future versions of Paradox for Windows. : Lastly, Dan said I had to ask you about your "Cheeseburger Birthday Cake". : What gives??? 8-) Dan's wife was taking a cake decorating class and one day they surprised me and brought in a birthday cake shaped like a giant hamburger. Obviously the connection was BurgerTime. 8.3 - Patrick Jost, former Intellivision speech developer --------------------------------------------------------- : How did you come about working with the Intellivision, and what role did : you play in its software/hardware development? PJ: In 1981, I'd been working for Pacific Telephone for about a year and a half. This was my first real job after leaving graduate school. I'd messed around with the music industry, done a little "international consulting", some of the typical things one does when one does not know what to do. Anyway, Pacific Telephone was fun... I was working with electronic switching, international testing (I got to call Lybia once), programming custom services, various things. They had lots of Unix machines to play with, so it was also a sort of immersion course in Unix computing... I started to get bored. I'd gone to most of the schools, I'd worked on various interesting projects. I was spending a lot of time and money at Opamp Technical Books in Hollywood (still in business, still a great place), and I was beginning to want to do something more -- well -- interesting. Mattel was running huge ads in the paper. At the time, my main concern was the commute. I lived about 10 minutes from the Pacific Telephone facility in Hollywood, Hawthorne seemed far away. After a while, I got over this concern, and went to one of Mattel's job fairs (back in those days, LOTS of companies were having them). I got along with the people right away. Intellivision was an established product, they wanted to do more with it. They wanted to add voice synthesis. They were looking for someone with a linguistics background (that's what I majored in!) and who understood computers (thank you, Pacific Telephone). This was Saturday. They asked me to come back Monday. I talked with some more people, and filled out the application. They were talking good money, and it sure sounded interesting. By the time I got back to Hollywood, I had a message on my machine, they offered me the job that day. I gave notice at Pacific Telephone, gave myself about a week off, and started to work. My first day was Monday... and already things were getting interesting. I had to fly to New York the next day to help with the speech for the first game. This game grew up to be Space Spartans, but, at the time, all anyone knew was that it was a space game of some sort. It was supposed to be a short trip; it turned out to be several weeks. I recall that due to the short notice I got to fly first class, and sat right behind Count Basie and a member of his band... I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me explain how speech was made for these games. Along with the game idea, a script was written. I transcribed the script (into phonetic transcription) and made sure there were no critical words that would be "transformed" too badly by the speech synthesis process. After the script was written, auditions were held. I used my contacts in the music industry to find good agents and a good recording studio. We looked for good voices, good acting, and actors that could work with some of the odd requirements of speech synthesis -- not too many 'hissing' ess [s] sounds, no loud popping p's and so on. I finally developed a pretty good ear for which voices would synthesize well... After the recording, the voices were sampled. We used a Hewlett-Packard 1000 series machine with the ILS signal processing package and a large amount of custom software. The sampled speech was fed to the synthesis software for the Intellivoice speech synthesizer, the General Instrument SP-256. Synthesized speech could be generated quickly. The problem is that automatically generated speech took up a lot of space (that could be used for more speech or game code). This was a big problem! The other problem is that the automatic speech synthesis didn't always sound that good... some of it was actually pretty bad. The solution to both problems was manual editing of the original waveform before the speech was synthesized. This was done with a good, but somewhat primitive editor. Segments to be used for synthesis could be marked, and speech could be deleted. The resulting files could be submitted for synthesis; the results were usually speech that took up less space that the automatic speech and that sounded good. For the first six months or so, I did everything -- work on scripts, transcriptions, auditions, recording sessions, speech editing. I did almost all the speech that you hear on "Space Spartans" and "B-17 Bomber." By the time "Bomb Squad" came along, Mattel wanted to be more organized. A formal speech group was set up -- I trained the editors, largely on what you hear in "Bomb Squad!" The last speech game was "Tron: Solar Sailor", I did not have much to do with that one. I went on to work on some other things for Mattel: consumer musical productions, and advanced technologies for the games, specifically a rapid prototyping environment. For a while Mattel was also very interested in entering the European marketplace, so I worked on Spanish, German, French, and Italian versions of "Space Spartans." That ROM is out there somewhere... : I've heard that Mattel had a "laid back" environment: it was a : fun place to work. Would you say the same? PJ: Fun place to work? Sure, especially if you liked video games. I didn't, and still don't. But remember, this was during the time when it seemed like there was a Pac-Man machine everywhere. Mattel had some very good people. Most of us were about the same age... late 20s, early 30s, I guess. Many common interests apart from the games. I played Geddy Lee style bass in an informal group called the Redi Spuds (named after a sign on a nearby building) that played sort of a new wave rock; yes, a total mismatch of styles, but fun... I shudder to think of what it would sound like now, with my more Percy Jones influenced style. You could always find someone interesting to talk to, even though I don't think they planned it, there was quite a lot of synergy. In speech, we were doing things with audio on minicomputers that are commonplace now in this age of samplers... but we solved the problems years ago. Laid back? Well, the games programmers didn't work on much of a fixed schedule. I was interested in seeing what could be done with natural language processing technology. I should also say that I'm probably NOT a very laid back type of person! I was never really all that happy in California, and my lack of laid back inclinations may explain why I'm one of the few people I know of who moved from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. : Would you know of any unfinished hardware or software that Mattel may : have been working on (besides the previously mentioned foreign ROM)? : Video game collectors just love this kind of thing. :-) PJ: Unfinished games... there were probably lots and lots of them, things came crashing down pretty fast. ROMs? I don't know, probably not many of them had been made into ROMs yet. There was a thing called "Decade" which was a 68000 based system that could have been Macintosh like, had they completed it. There were prototype wireless remote controls for Intellivision. There were plans for all sorts of interfaces... Apple II, IBM PC, and so on. You may have seen the Synsonics drums, four touch pads and some buttons with some rudimentary programming/memory capability. There were also a Synsonics guitar, with "strum bars" for your right/picking hand and a neck full of switches for your left/fretting hand. I don't think this ever saw production, but I've seen things like it in the COMB and DAMARK catalogues. : Thanks for the interview, Patrick. I appreciated it. PJ: No problem... 9.0) Intellivision Emulators ============================= The Intellivision lives on, albeit in a different form. Now, the Intellivision can be emulated by the functions of the PC, PS, or whatever. Please support the commercial emulators wherever possible! The Intellivision can live on, let's not piss on its grave. 9.1 - Commercial Emulators -------------------------- Intellivision Rocks / Lives Intellivision Productions, Inc. offers several games for download as well as commercial emulators for the PC and Mac. Check out the Blue Sky Ranger's site (http://www.intellivisionlives.com) for more. Intellivision Classic Games This was released for the Playstation on 9/29/1999. It's 30 classic Intellivision games emulated fairly well on the Playstation. The controls are a bit troublesome, and their choice of games could have been better, but not bad for those who want to play the classics and don't want to mess around with their PC. 9.2 - Non-Commercial Emulators ------------------------------ Bliss Emulator (http://bliss.retrogames.com/) This is an Intellivision/Atari 5200 Emulator for the PC (Linux, Win32, Java and BeOs) with sound and GUI support. Lots of extras too. INTV (http://pcae.vg-network.com/intv/intvdos.html) More great Intellivision Emulators for MS-DOS and Windows 95, 98, NT, and 2000 by John Dullea. Nostalgia (http://www.gotmaille.com/nostalgia/) This is the newest Intellivision emulator, it has many features including ECS sound, keyboard and music keyboard support, Internet support, complete Intellicart support and more! jzINTV (http://spatula-city.org/~im14u2c/intv/) jzINTV: Intellivision for Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS, still under development. **Please note that the Non-commercial emulators require ROMs of the games to play. It is illegal to own the ROMs and not the original cartridges! Do not e-mail me or anyone listed here asking about them. We do not know where to find them. It is just another reason to spend the money on the commercial emulators, or play the originals themselves!** ============================================================================== v6.0 1/7/2003 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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