ColecoVision

The ColecoVision was released by Coleco Industries to compete with the Atari 2600 and 5200. It was released in 1982, and boosted superior graphics and a more arcade-like experience.

The system's launch included 12 titles and the ColecoVision itself came with a Donkey Kong cartridge.

ColecoVision had a short lifespan of only 2 years; in that time, it managed to sell over 2 million copies and over 120 games were released, but it quickly faded away in 1984.

The system also featured several hardware add-ons. One turned the console into a computer by providing a keyboard and cassette drive. The other allowed the system to play Atari 2600 games. Atari filed a lawsuit to block the sale of this add-on, but lost on account of that fact that none of the hardware used was proprietary.

The ColecoVision controller was heavily inspired by the Intellivision controller and included a keypad, joystick, and side buttons.

The system also released several other controller options for specific games including a glove-like controller for boxing games, a steering wheel controller for racing games, and a trackball controller.

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