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1982 - 2nd generation system
The ColecoVision is a home video game console developed and produced by Coleco Industries, released in 1982. The console was designed to compete with the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision and it was known for its high-quality graphics and sound. The ColecoVision featured a Zilog Z80 microprocessor and had a built-in hardware support for scrolling and multi-colored sprites, which allowed for more advanced games than the Atari 2600. The console also came with a built-in expansion module called the "ColecoVision Expansion Module #1" that allowed the console to play Atari 2600 games, making it backwards compatible. The ColecoVision had a relatively small library of games, but many of the games were well-received and are considered classics today. Some notable games for the ColecoVision include "Donkey Kong," "Zaxxon," "Time Pilot," "Turbo," "Venture," and "Cosmic Avenger." The ColecoVision was also known for its high-quality controllers, which featured a unique and comfortable design and a built-in keypad. This keypad allowed for more complex gameplay, and it was also used for educational games. The ColecoVision was a commercial success, but it was ultimately discontinued in 1985 due to the video game crash of 1983 and the arrival of more advanced consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System. Overall, the ColecoVision was a well-regarded console that offered high-quality graphics and sound, and it helped to set the standard for home consoles of the time. Some popular games for the ColecoVision include: "Donkey Kong": A port of the popular arcade game that was praised for its accurate recreation of the arcade version and its challenging gameplay. "Zaxxon": A sci-fi themed shooter game that was praised for its innovative isometric graphics and challenging gameplay. "Time Pilot": A shooter game set in different time periods, players control a plane to destroy enemies and rescue fellow pilots. It was praised for its fun gameplay and smooth graphics. "Turbo": A racing game that was praised for its accurate recreation of the arcade version and its challenging gameplay. "Venture": A dungeon-crawling game in which players must explore a dungeon, fight monsters and collect treasures. It was praised for its innovative gameplay and smooth graphics. "Cosmic Avenger": A side-scrolling shooter game that was praised for its challenging difficulty and smooth graphics. "Burgertime": A platformer game in which players control a chef trying to make hamburgers while avoiding food-based enemies. It was praised for its fun gameplay and colorful graphics. "Lady Bug": A Pac-Man clone game that was praised for its fun gameplay and colorful graphics. "Space Panic": A platform game that was praised for its challenging difficulty and innovative gameplay. These are some of the most notable games for the ColecoVision, but there are many other games available for the system that are worth checking out. The ColecoVision offered a good number of arcade ports and original games that were well received by the players.