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Retro Console Gaming => Other Systems => Topic started by: TrekMD on January 25, 2013, 20:52:01 PM

Title: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 25, 2013, 20:52:01 PM
Though I don't have a ColecoVision, I found this video on YouTube and thought it would be fun to share it.  Don't blink, though, as you may miss something!   :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv9uxfoVEbQ
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 25, 2013, 21:11:17 PM
Great vid!  8)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 25, 2013, 21:19:06 PM
I love that the voice over on the commercial says that you can play Atari 2600 games but the version of Donkey Kong on the screen is the Intellivision version! 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2013, 16:31:02 PM
I really like how Coleco was not afraid to take chances when releasing games and add-ons.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 28, 2013, 16:43:20 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
I really like how Coleco was not afraid to take chances when releasing games and add-ons.

You'd have to wonder where they'd be had they not gone under.  They might have been a significant challenger for Nintendo when they introduced the NES. 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2013, 17:05:02 PM
Very nice thought! I always wished for the Intellivision adaptor. Maybe if they would have competed against Nintendo it would have been a real add-on.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 28, 2013, 17:10:48 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Very nice thought! I always wished for the Intellivision adaptor. Maybe if they would have competed against Nintendo it would have been a real add-on.

I think they might have come out with a console that would have been better than the NES, actually.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 28, 2013, 17:14:54 PM
I am not so sure.

What you have to remember is that Coleco didn't actually create the ColecoVision, they licensed the MSX technology and turned it onto a console.

I suppose the next logical step for them would have been to license the MSX2 hardware and then turn that into a console too.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2013, 17:19:10 PM
Would have been cool to see Atari, Coleco and Sega taking on Nintendo. Might have forced Sony to jump in sooner.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 28, 2013, 17:20:03 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"

I suppose the next logical step for them would have been to license the MSX2 hardware and then turn that into a console too.

Quite possibly.  :)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 28, 2013, 17:22:09 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Would have been cool to see Atari, Coleco and Sega taking on Nintendo. Might have forced Sony to jump in sooner.

Well Sony were one of the creators of the MSX, which of course became the Coleco!

There is also a Sony version of the CD-i too!
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2013, 17:24:26 PM
Cool! I did not Sony was into hardware back then. Just remember the Walkman and some of the Sega CD games they released.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 28, 2013, 17:27:29 PM
Quote from: onthinice
Cool! I did not Sony was into hardware back then. Just remember the Walkman and some of the Sega CD games they released.

(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag160/TrekMD/RVG%20Images/Sony_HitBit_HB-10P_zpszy2coggg.jpg)
Sony Hit-Bit MSX

(http://www.gamesstationretro.com/images/sony%20cdi%201.jpg)
Sony CD-i
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2013, 17:28:30 PM
8)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 28, 2013, 17:48:28 PM
I guess that was the trend of the times.  Even Atari did that, right?  The Lynx wasn't really created by Atari.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 28, 2013, 17:51:02 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I guess that was the trend of the times.  Even Atari did that, right?  The Lynx wasn't really created by Atari.

They didn't design the Lynx, 7800 or Jaguar.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 29, 2013, 01:34:08 AM
Is that the theory behind the failure of Atari?
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 29, 2013, 01:37:53 AM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Is that the theory behind the failure of Atari?

I don't think so.  All those machines had good hardware.  It was the software support that was the problem for these systems.  Never mind all the poor decisions made by Atari.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 29, 2013, 01:43:52 AM
Were they easy systems to code games at that time?
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 29, 2013, 02:51:13 AM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Were they easy systems to code games at that time?

The MSX/Coleco hardware was very much set up to be fairly easy to code. It's one big downfall was that it was terrible at scrolling.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on January 29, 2013, 17:45:41 PM
I renamed the thread seen as we have gone off on a bit of a tangent.

Good review of the system by Classic Game Room:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFmy_68V2i4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFmy_68V2i4)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 29, 2013, 18:00:46 PM
Cool.  Nice review of the system by CGR. 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: dougtitchmarsh on January 29, 2013, 19:32:26 PM
I remember going with my brother to one of those discount shops in the high street many years ago and he bought a ColecoVision with a couple of games dirt cheap. We played Zaxxon on it mainly until we got bored of it and it was put away in a cupboard until it got sold to someone as I recall.
Was a great fun console though.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on January 30, 2013, 00:13:37 AM
The Colecovision really has some stand out games. Trouble with older consoles is that it always has to compete with newer and updated consoles. A number of the games look and play better on the Nintendo Nes like Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Gyruss, Joust, Popeye and Q*Bert. Spy Hunter is still hard to beat on the Colecovision.

Are there more than two parts to the CGR video?
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on April 26, 2013, 21:03:14 PM
A few of CGR's game reviews for the ColecoVision:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d37Hd2ZqXFQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d37Hd2ZqXFQ)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNRC0u5zc70 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNRC0u5zc70)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOhCFE17YWo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOhCFE17YWo)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on April 27, 2013, 02:07:18 AM
Donkey Kong usually gets mentioned most often when talking about the Colecovision, but these three games really should get more credit. Nice videos!

Outside of the 32X was Zaxxon ever ported to any of the other systems? I know we have talked about Mr. Do on the Super Nintendo. Now thinking about it, I wonder why Venture was not updated?
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on April 27, 2013, 02:39:13 AM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Donkey Kong usually gets mentioned most often when talking about the Colecovision, but these three games really should get more credit. Nice videos!

Outside of the 32X was Zaxxon ever ported to any of the other systems? I know we have talked about Mr. Do on the Super Nintendo. Now thinking about it, I wonder why Venture was not updated?

Zaxxon got lots of ports, see THIS THREAD! (http://http)

Venture is one of those games that has sadly been forgotten though, shame because it was fun back in the day.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on April 27, 2013, 04:54:22 AM
Mr. Do! is available for the Atari XL.  I've been trying to see if anyone who knows how to convert those to the 5200 could convert that version.  The XL version of Mr. Do! is fantastic and it would be great to play it on the console.  The ColecoVision version is also excellent.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on April 27, 2013, 10:48:05 AM
Seen as you mentioned CV Donkey Kong, here are a few more . . . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZdtSXQGLZo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZdtSXQGLZo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Tr2bQOKbQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Tr2bQOKbQ)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhAeeFtfkmA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhAeeFtfkmA)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on April 28, 2013, 19:28:39 PM
I remember Zaxxon being on the computers and systems of the time. Checking the video again, it did not seem to make a splash on the later generation gaming systems. 32X is it until the compilation discs were released.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on April 28, 2013, 23:29:08 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
I remember Zaxxon being on the computers and systems of the time. Checking the video again, it did not seem to make a splash on the later generation gaming systems. 32X is it until the compilation discs were released.

It'll be interesting to see how the new version of Zaxxon being developed for the SGM will be like compared to the original.  If it is anything like Donkey Kong Arcade, I think it'll blow it out of the water.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Shadowrunner on April 29, 2013, 01:44:57 AM
I used to love playing Ladybug on the ColecoVision, great game  :1:
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on April 29, 2013, 01:51:55 AM
The only CV game I've ever played is Donkey Kong.  That was when I was in college and one of the guys on the dorm had a CV.  I had my 7800 to show off.  :) 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on May 01, 2013, 19:18:02 PM
Three more great reviews from Classic Game Room:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyNv1Ok0p5g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyNv1Ok0p5g)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp3uHNl5KWg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp3uHNl5KWg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvp5h6pkRY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvp5h6pkRY)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on May 01, 2013, 21:45:03 PM
Classic Game Room always does nice reviews.  I much rather watch his stuff than the AVGN.

BTW, you had an DK Intellivision video review there instead of a CV, so I changed it.  :)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on May 01, 2013, 22:33:52 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Classic Game Room always does nice reviews.  I much rather watch his stuff than the AVGN.

BTW, you had an DK Intellivision video review there instead of a CV, so I changed it.  :-[

No idea how I did that!  :o
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on May 01, 2013, 22:35:45 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Classic Game Room always does nice reviews.  I much rather watch his stuff than the AVGN.

BTW, you had an DK Intellivision video review there instead of a CV, so I changed it.  :-[

No idea how I did that!  ;)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:18:20 AM
Now that the CV has the Super Game Module (something akin to the XM for the 7800), there are going to be a bunch of Super Games released for it. This thing really upgrades the capabilities of the system. Here are some sample games:

[align=center:26mvx89l]Donkey Kong Arcade
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/dka_scr2.png)
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/dka_scr3.png)
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/dka_scr4.png)

Dig Dug
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/digdug_scr1.png)

Donkey Kong Jr
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/dkjr_scr1.png)

Pengo
(http://www.opcodegames.com/images/pen_scr2.png)[/align:26mvx89l]

Looks like fans of the ColecoVision are in for several treats. :)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TL on May 10, 2013, 01:23:47 AM
Wow! Those games look utterly superb!  :13:
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:25:26 AM
Yes they do.  My understanding is that for some of these, like Donkey Kong, the actual arcade code is being reviewed to match the game to the arcade as much as possible.  Between the XM and the SGM retro gamers are going to be getting some truly fantastic games.  It'll be interesting to compare what both systems get!
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 02, 2014, 18:30:35 PM
[align=center:8cajzs2l]215 Colecovision Box Art Scans (http://http)[/align:8cajzs2l]
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: zapiy on August 04, 2014, 20:05:49 PM
Some truly stunning box art amongst that lot. :113:
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 05, 2014, 01:26:02 AM
Yes, it is rather interesting to see how many different box styles the CV had!  Here I only thought the 2600 was the one with a multitude of box styles! 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: zapiy on August 05, 2014, 09:53:53 AM
Continues now with some of the homebrew boxes.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 09, 2014, 20:12:40 PM
Since we mentioned the Super Game Module, I figured it would be good to see a review of the add on.  So, here is Gamester81's review of the ColecoVision SGM!

[align=center:2l71c5ag]Rare Super Game Module review-for the ColecoVision-Gamester81 (http://http)[/align:2l71c5ag]
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on August 11, 2014, 22:04:09 PM
Could the new Colecovision by AtGames use some of these titles for future consoles?
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 11, 2014, 22:32:54 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
Could the new Colecovision by AtGames use some of these titles for future consoles?

I guess that would depend on whether they'd made a Flashback console with the capabilities of the SGM or not and if they can get the licenses for the games. 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on August 11, 2014, 22:59:47 PM
Yeah, maybe AtGames should contact the creators of the SGM and license SGM games for the next Colecovsion. Funny as Coleco licensed to Atari and Intellivision.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Carlos on August 12, 2014, 08:26:37 AM
Happy Birthday 33 this month!
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on August 13, 2014, 17:41:50 PM
I feel old thinking the Colecovison has been around that long.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 13, 2014, 20:50:29 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
I feel old thinking the Colecovison has been around that long.

You're not the only one! 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: sloan on August 14, 2014, 02:42:42 AM
That shot showing all the levels of DK with SGM reminds me, I bought DK Pie Factory for NES a while back and it is nearly arcade perfect.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 25, 2014, 23:54:30 PM
[align=center:kjcy7txf]Colecovision: A Retrospective Review (http://http)[/align:kjcy7txf]
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: onthinice on August 29, 2014, 19:11:02 PM
That video really shows the Colecovsion strong points. Instead of two Turbo carts it would have been nice to see a Time Pilot cart.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on August 29, 2014, 19:58:42 PM
Yes, the CV was a cool console.  I'm eagerly waiting for my CV Flashback.  :) 
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: zapiy on August 30, 2014, 03:25:30 AM
Great video, like you sad it shows what a great little system this was.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on October 03, 2014, 02:40:03 AM
The ColecoVision had a number of Expansion Modules and controllers.  Here is a review of the Super Action Controllers...

[align=center:gnqdo248]Classic Game Room - COLECOVISION SUPER ACTION CONTROLLER review (http://http)[/align:gnqdo248]
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 03, 2014, 03:54:38 AM
When I had my ColecoVision I had a pair of those controllers. They looked cool but I have to agree with the video, they were awkward and really didn't work that well.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on October 03, 2014, 04:13:25 AM
I saw some of these when I was at CGE.  I didn't play anything with them but they did feel odd in the hand.  The concept behind them is interesting but the execution falls short.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: zapiy on October 03, 2014, 10:10:02 AM
Yeah it looks really awkward to use that's for sure. Still nice to have one in the collection though.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on October 03, 2014, 13:13:25 PM
Oh, having one in a collection is a different story.  :)  They are not easy to find either.  Games that had been programmed for this controller have been hacked to use the standard controller and released by the community so everyone can enjoy them.
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on January 31, 2015, 16:54:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np3TpRktgUU
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on March 04, 2017, 18:10:25 PM
It's been a while since anyone has said anything about the ColecoVision.  Here is this blog which should be an interesting read for fans of the system:  Console of the Month (March 2017) – Colecovision (https://stlgamer75.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/console-of-the-month-march-2017-colecovision/)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on July 07, 2018, 19:52:55 PM
Here is a nice retrospective review of the Colecovision from Crossroads Reviews...

https://youtu.be/uhOyuI4MwS8
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Vadergb on July 07, 2018, 23:39:47 PM
I just got the Colecovision 192-1 for my Coleco from Retro electronik (along with their Vetrex Cart)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhYIuw1X0AAtbs9.jpg:thumb)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhYIv6xW4AM3Zlt.jpg:thumb)


http://retroelectronik.com/en/xin1-multigames-cartridge/78-colecovision-192-in-1-multicart-system-3863349509097.html (http://retroelectronik.com/en/xin1-multigames-cartridge/78-colecovision-192-in-1-multicart-system-3863349509097.html)

I quite like changing the games using the dip switches. It feels old school and it feels just like playing a single game.

 I got to play a few games - Gyruss, Star Wars and Defender for the system. I had my Hauppauge HDPVR2 setup and recorded me hitting over 600000 on it. The game plays well if a little easy. The radar doesnt seemt to work and there is no high score but I really enjoyed the game.

https://youtu.be/6nWznBAmwoE
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: TrekMD on July 08, 2018, 02:47:05 AM
That is cool.  Nice multicart!
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Shadowrunner on July 09, 2018, 02:37:29 AM
That multicart looks great. I'm tempted to get one myself!
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Spector on July 09, 2018, 11:04:31 AM
That multicart looks great. I'm tempted to get one myself!

Pretty good value for money, but you can't play Pac Man Collection on it! :)
Title: Re: The ColecoVision Thread
Post by: Vadergb on July 13, 2018, 13:57:18 PM
I got it as they had the Vectrex cart pretty cheap too.

The Colecovision doesnt seem to have many options but ebay in the UK. I thought the cart would give me a chance to try before I buy.

I love the system though, shame about the joypads.