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(Nintendo Life)   Coleco intends to reintroduce those 1980s-era video games in the little tabletop arcade reproduction cabinets, starting with Donkey Kong. Aren't you glad you lived this long?   (nintendolife.com) divider line 69
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2014-08-11 07:38:17 AM  
I had the Pac-Man one when it was released. Cost $100 back then, a shiat ton of money. All my friends were using it during recess at school; should have charged them a quarter each.
 
2014-08-11 09:04:06 AM  
Does anyone really want this?  A big electronic device that only plays one game.
 
2014-08-11 09:37:02 AM  
I've still got my Pac Man mini cabinet.  I'd gladly collect the rest now - assuming they don't price them too high.
 
2014-08-11 09:39:10 AM  
Couldn't they do an accurate version now?
 
2014-08-11 09:39:15 AM  
I'm game.
 
2014-08-11 09:41:13 AM  
Call me when they re-release the ADAM.
 
2014-08-11 09:50:18 AM  

EvilEgg: Does anyone really want this?  A big electronic device that only plays one game.


The only thing I can think of is some people really need to feed their nostalgia demons.
 
2014-08-11 09:54:55 AM  

EvilEgg: Does anyone really want this?  A big electronic device that only plays one game.


Yeah! If you're gonna get something that big, at least get a Neo-Geo...
 
2014-08-11 09:58:06 AM  

Life_is_a_carnivore: Call me when they re-release the ADAM.


With its 50% DOA rate?  No thanks.
 
2014-08-11 10:00:31 AM  
Uh, I didn't have a gunt back then. Does it come with dialing wands?
 
2014-08-11 10:02:47 AM  
i saw the headline and i was expecting a table version like that galaga table at pizza hut when i was a kid/teen. i would so buy one, if i had the available cash and a place to put it.

i have no need for a mini-arcade game that plays 1 game, though. i'd much rather pay about $15 for that atari-like joystick that plugs into the tv and had like 10 or 15 games built in
 
2014-08-11 10:09:42 AM  

bungle_jr: i saw the headline and i was expecting a table version like that galaga table at pizza hut when i was a kid/teen. i would so buy one, if i had the available cash and a place to put it.


Me too, and me too.  I was a young teenager back when I recall those sit down games.  Now I'm old enough to spill beer on it!

/I want Joust!
 
2014-08-11 10:11:56 AM  
What I want would be a table, an honest-to-god table, that you could play all the old 8-bit arcade games on--original scale. Technologically, it would be trivial. Licensing would be a nightmare.
 
2014-08-11 10:16:47 AM  
I denied thirty-nine cookie requests from that page to see that?
 
2014-08-11 10:19:58 AM  

Silly_Sot: What I want would be a table, an honest-to-god table, that you could play all the old 8-bit arcade games on--original scale. Technologically, it would be trivial. Licensing would be a nightmare.


How about a dumb table with a memory card slot. It just plays what the card tells it to play.
 
2014-08-11 10:23:31 AM  

EvilEgg: Does anyone really want this?  A big electronic device that only plays one game.


Is that anyway to speak of an iPad?
 
2014-08-11 10:28:24 AM  
I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.  What kind of hardware did it have?
 
2014-08-11 10:32:52 AM  

EvilEgg: Does anyone really want this?  A big electronic device that only plays one game.


I have three of 'em - Galaga, Battlezone and Defender.
 
2014-08-11 10:33:01 AM  
Isn't there a restaurant with this as their business model?  All the customer tables are actually gaming tables?
 
2014-08-11 10:41:29 AM  

ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.  What kind of hardware did it have?


Colecovision was certainly better than the 2600 or Intellivision.   I don't know if it has that much dramatically better hardware, or if the programmers using it were just better.  It was kind of the "bridge" from those to the NES.

But, I mean, just look at Donkey Kong as an example

Colecovision:

www.emuunlim.com

2600:

www.emuunlim.com

About the only thing you can give the 2600 is that they put Kong on the correct side compared to the arcade version.

Even Venture, which while a good gameplay game, is about as basic of graphics as you can get, looked horrible on a 2600:

Colecovision:

www.emuunlim.com

2600:

videogamecritic.com
 
2014-08-11 10:46:54 AM  

bungle_jr: i have no need for a mini-arcade game that plays 1 game, though. i'd much rather pay about $15 for that atari-like joystick that plugs into the tv and had like 10 or 15 games built in


Pretty much that. Hell I'd probably pay more for a similar device that played the entirety of Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision games on my TV. Of course I'm sure there's likely emulators out there for those, but I haven't bothered looking for them.
 
2014-08-11 10:57:19 AM  

born_yesterday: bungle_jr: i saw the headline and i was expecting a table version like that galaga table at pizza hut when i was a kid/teen. i would so buy one, if i had the available cash and a place to put it.

Me too, and me too.  I was a young teenager back when I recall those sit down games.  Now I'm old enough to spill beer on it!

/I want Joust!


Joust and my favorite, Crazy Climber. Also the original Punch Out, not the Mike Tyson version. Gorf too.
 
2014-08-11 11:03:17 AM  
They should just focus on supporting the iCade.
 
2014-08-11 11:03:19 AM  

ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.


The ColecoVision was light years better than the Atari 2600, but it had a few fatal flaws. First, the controller. The only worse controller of that era was the one for the Atari 5200, although the Intellivision's disc-type controller wasn't anything special either. The 2600 joystick was functional and easy to use. Second, the ColecoVision was expensive for its time. Last, sales were wrecked by the Video Game Crash of 1983. The Atari 2600 had market saturation and at .99 for the games when the market collapsed people stuck with what they had. It was the right machine at the wrong time, a fairly common story.
 
2014-08-11 11:09:05 AM  

dletter: ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.  What kind of hardware did it have?

Colecovision was certainly better than the 2600 or Intellivision.   I don't know if it has that much dramatically better hardware, or if the programmers using it were just better.  It was kind of the "bridge" from those to the NES.

But, I mean, just look at Donkey Kong as an example

Colecovision:

[www.emuunlim.com image 229x190]

2600:

[www.emuunlim.com image 190x190]

About the only thing you can give the 2600 is that they put Kong on the correct side compared to the arcade version.

Even Venture, which while a good gameplay game, is about as basic of graphics as you can get, looked horrible on a 2600:

Colecovision:

[www.emuunlim.com image 256x190]

2600:

[videogamecritic.com image 640x390]


considering the colecovision came out 5 years after the 2600, this is like comparing the nes and the and the super nes
 
2014-08-11 11:11:19 AM  
I've been building these things for years with eBay purchases of the computer boards and I replace the ROMs with a multiple game ROM, and building them into whatever table/shelf/cabinet that people wanted to attach their old game monitors into. My brother-in-law has a table top game machine in his basement that has over 50 of the old games, and I suddenly remembered how much I loved Joust and Ms PacMan again. Some people I've met are willing to pay a couple hundred bucks to bring back the games of their youth.
 
2014-08-11 11:22:42 AM  
The ColecoVision was good, but it was too little too late.

You know what's freaky? The Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES), was released less than year after the ColecoVision. And it was *light years* more powerful than the ColecoVision.

Also, Nintendo tried to sell the US rights for the Famicom to Atari. But Atari didn't want it, thinking that video game consoles were dead, so Nintendo decided to do it themselves.
 
2014-08-11 11:28:47 AM  

pkellmey: I've been building these things for years with eBay purchases of the computer boards and I replace the ROMs with a multiple game ROM, and building them into whatever table/shelf/cabinet that people wanted to attach their old game monitors into. My brother-in-law has a table top game machine in his basement that has over 50 of the old games, and I suddenly remembered how much I loved Joust and Ms PacMan again. Some people I've met are willing to pay a couple hundred bucks to bring back the games of their youth.


Damnit.  Now I'll have that tumbling around my head, while I spend the next three months wiring together my kids' Halloween costumes.
 
2014-08-11 11:52:53 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.

The ColecoVision was light years better than the Atari 2600, but it had a few fatal flaws. First, the controller. The only worse controller of that era was the one for the Atari 5200, although the Intellivision's disc-type controller wasn't anything special either. The 2600 joystick was functional and easy to use. Second, the ColecoVision was expensive for its time. Last, sales were wrecked by the Video Game Crash of 1983. The Atari 2600 had market saturation and at .99 for the games when the market collapsed people stuck with what they had. It was the right machine at the wrong time, a fairly common story.


How can you hate on colecovision controllers? It's the system that brought us this work of art:

www.globalnerdy.com

It's a joy stick, it's a key pad, it's a pistol grip, it's a scroll wheel!

I had these, the turbo steering wheel, and the track ball. Colecovision was king of the controllers.

If you loved your 2600 joysticks so much, they worked with colecovision as well.
 
2014-08-11 11:57:43 AM  

mcmnky: Adolf Oliver Nipples: ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.

The ColecoVision was light years better than the Atari 2600, but it had a few fatal flaws. First, the controller. The only worse controller of that era was the one for the Atari 5200, although the Intellivision's disc-type controller wasn't anything special either. The 2600 joystick was functional and easy to use. Second, the ColecoVision was expensive for its time. Last, sales were wrecked by the Video Game Crash of 1983. The Atari 2600 had market saturation and at .99 for the games when the market collapsed people stuck with what they had. It was the right machine at the wrong time, a fairly common story.

How can you hate on colecovision controllers? It's the system that brought us this work of art:

[www.globalnerdy.com image 300x225]

It's a joy stick, it's a key pad, it's a pistol grip, it's a scroll wheel!

I had these, the turbo steering wheel, and the track ball. Colecovision was king of the controllers.

If you loved your 2600 joysticks so much, they worked with colecovision as well.


That wasn't the standard CV controller, though, as stated, you got what could only be described as a bad marriage between a regular joystick and the Intellivision controller:

atariage.com

It wasn't even the joystick per say.... that design isn't much different than the thumbpads of todays systems... it was how it was laid out on the controller pad.
 
2014-08-11 12:00:48 PM  

bungle_jr: i saw the headline and i was expecting a table version like that galaga table at pizza hut when i was a kid/teen. i would so buy one, if i had the available cash and a place to put it.

i have no need for a mini-arcade game that plays 1 game, though. i'd much rather pay about $15 for that atari-like joystick that plugs into the tv and had like 10 or 15 games built in


Is this what it's like, when doves cry? I came to write this word for word.
 
2014-08-11 12:01:20 PM  

mcmnky: Adolf Oliver Nipples: ArkPanda: I only remember playing it a few times, but it seems like ColecoVision was much better than the Atari 2600.  I think it was 16 colors and the version of Donkey Kong it had was much better than the Atari.

The ColecoVision was light years better than the Atari 2600, but it had a few fatal flaws. First, the controller. The only worse controller of that era was the one for the Atari 5200, although the Intellivision's disc-type controller wasn't anything special either. The 2600 joystick was functional and easy to use. Second, the ColecoVision was expensive for its time. Last, sales were wrecked by the Video Game Crash of 1983. The Atari 2600 had market saturation and at .99 for the games when the market collapsed people stuck with what they had. It was the right machine at the wrong time, a fairly common story.

How can you hate on colecovision controllers? It's the system that brought us this work of art:

[www.globalnerdy.com image 300x225]

It's a joy stick, it's a key pad, it's a pistol grip, it's a scroll wheel!

I had these, the turbo steering wheel, and the track ball. Colecovision was king of the controllers.

If you loved your 2600 joysticks so much, they worked with colecovision as well.


I loved my Colecovision trackball!!

img2u.info

Many hours spent playing Slither.

I loved it so much, trackballs became an obsession with me - I had one I could use with my C=64, and of course, I use them now on all my PCs.
 
2014-08-11 12:30:42 PM  
I'm more surprised that the games themselves have lived this long.
 
2014-08-11 12:42:24 PM  
Got more game than Coleco!
 
2014-08-11 12:42:58 PM  
A few years back I saw someone who had gutted one of those cabinets and put a mini-mame system in there. With the Raspberry Pi and all the small LED screens around now, it should be even easier to do.
 
2014-08-11 01:01:27 PM  
It really never got any better than this:

www.engadget.com
 
2014-08-11 01:03:20 PM  
I have a Coleco Donkey Kong I rescued from a dumpster in the early 90s.  Had to jury-rig new battery contacts, but it still works.  I need to find repro stickers for it.

Meanwhile, TFA also mentions the upcoming release of the Colecovision Flashback:
www.8-bitcentral.com
And look, it has key overlays!

Also coming up, the Intellivision Flashback:
stwww.geekexchange.com
With overlays, too!

I need to get both to complement my Atari Flashback 2.0 in my collection of Plug And Play TV games.
 
2014-08-11 01:06:14 PM  

abrannan: A few years back I saw someone who had gutted one of those cabinets and put a mini-mame system in there. With the Raspberry Pi and all the small LED screens around now, it should be even easier to do.


That would be a pretty neat little project.... I'd say this would be the best one to do it with...

www.liketotally80s.com

Two joysticks and two buttons... wouldn't let you do "everything", but, you could do most "old school" games, including ones like Robotron and Smash TV where a single player needs two sticks.
 
2014-08-11 01:25:17 PM  

macadamnut: It really never got any better than this:

[www.engadget.com image 166x250]


You sir, speak the truth! Mattel Electronics football ruled.
 
2014-08-11 02:02:26 PM  
I read the headline and expected something like this:
i43.photobucket.com
/leaving disappointed.
 
2014-08-11 02:07:34 PM  
My cousin had a couple of those back in the 80's. I always thought they were cool. I had one of these:

www.gameandwatch.com

Still have it, don't play it too often because it runs the LCD screen as a clock even when you aren't playing and takes three watch batteries, so it kills the batteries pretty fast.
 
2014-08-11 02:10:33 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: I have a Coleco Donkey Kong I rescued from a dumpster in the early 90s.  Had to jury-rig new battery contacts, but it still works.  I need to find repro stickers for it.

Meanwhile, TFA also mentions the upcoming release of the Colecovision Flashback:
[www.8-bitcentral.com image 780x596]
And look, it has key overlays!

Also coming up, the Intellivision Flashback:
[stwww.geekexchange.com image 800x534]
With overlays, too!

I need to get both to complement my Atari Flashback 2.0 in my collection of Plug And Play TV games.


If those are real I'm getting both of them. Retro gaming is my thing. Not that I don't dig new games, but the old stuff is what I grew up with and I am very definitely their target audience.
 
2014-08-11 02:23:53 PM  
That Pac-Man tabletop game. I don't remember how I managed to get my hands on one for a time. I must have borrowed it off a friend. But when I had it, I played it to death. I played it so much that I discovered a pattern to complete the maze without getting caught by the ghosts without even trying to find one. Once I had that pattern I kept playing level after level, the same pattern over and over again for many happy contented hours.So much has changed. I have so many more games and so much less patience with them. But one thing has remained. I still to this day have absolutely no life whatsoever.
 
2014-08-11 03:16:48 PM  
Just broke out my old Sears Tele-Games 4 switch Atari 2600 clone last week and then picked up a 6 switch Atari 2600 at a thrift shop this weekend.   Just bought Frogger (for the wife) and Return of the Jedi (for me) at the local game shop about an hour ago.   So I'm getting a kick.....
 
2014-08-11 03:19:24 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Just broke out my old Sears Tele-Games 4 switch Atari 2600 clone last week and then picked up a 6 switch Atari 2600 at a thrift shop this weekend.   Just bought Frogger (for the wife) and Return of the Jedi (for me) at the local game shop about an hour ago.   So I'm getting a kick.....


I break out my old 6-switch 2600 every New year's Eve and play for a few hours with my 12-year-old son. He marvels at how "easy" the games are, even as he gets smoked at Missile Command and can't make it through Pitfall II. He can wreck me at Titanfall, but when it comes to Atari games he's an amateur.
 
2014-08-11 03:24:19 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: DoBeDoBeDo: Just broke out my old Sears Tele-Games 4 switch Atari 2600 clone last week and then picked up a 6 switch Atari 2600 at a thrift shop this weekend.   Just bought Frogger (for the wife) and Return of the Jedi (for me) at the local game shop about an hour ago.   So I'm getting a kick.....

I break out my old 6-switch 2600 every New year's Eve and play for a few hours with my 12-year-old son. He marvels at how "easy" the games are, even as he gets smoked at Missile Command and can't make it through Pitfall II. He can wreck me at Titanfall, but when it comes to Atari games he's an amateur.


Yeah I got mine out because my nephew is visiting and I was telling him how games didn't used to have unlimited lives or checkpoints.   I wrecked him in Asteroids, Donkey Kong and Combat.  Then I sat back and laughed and laughed at his frustration at trying to play E.T. :)
 
2014-08-11 04:26:25 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Then I sat back and laughed and laughed at his frustration at trying to play E.T. :)


That is a crimes against gamemanity.

/also funny
 
2014-08-11 04:55:32 PM  
This thread has sent me over the edge into nostalgia land.

I remember getting Donkey Kong for the 2600.  Ripped open the package, dropped in the cassette.

"what in holy hell is THIS?"

Looked nothing like the game.
 
2014-08-11 05:22:04 PM  
I've got the Pac-Man and the Donkey Kong. Never got any of the others - wanted them but they disappeared from stores too quickly.
 
2014-08-11 05:35:56 PM  

noheadphones: This thread has sent me over the edge into nostalgia land.

I remember getting Donkey Kong for the 2600.  Ripped open the package, dropped in the cassette.

"what in holy hell is THIS?"

Looked nothing like the game.


It looked enough like the game and played enough like it to give me endless hours of entertainment. The cream of the Atari crop, though, was Activision and Parker Brothers. They really made the Atari great, though honorable mention certainly goes to Solaris, Phoenix, and Yar's Revenge, and maybe Battlezone if you didn't mind losing the first-person perspective.
 
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