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INTV Corp.
System III

On the close of business, January 20th 1984, Mattel Electronics, a subsidiary of Mattel the famous toy company, was shut down and sold to a liquidator after loosing $300 million US that past year on the Intellivision line of game consoles. But even the liquidator had troubles selling the remaining stock of consoles and game cartridges.

After much of the inventory had been sold, former Mattel marketing executive Terry Valeski with an investment group bought all rights to the Intellivision for $6.5 Million US in March of 1984, and started a new venture. The new company, INTV Corp., continued to sell old stock via retail and mail order.

By October of 1985 the old stock of Intellivision II consoles had ran out so they introduced a new console dubbed INTV III (later renamed “Super Pro System”). This unit was actually a cosmetic rebadge of the original Intellivision console and was 100% compatible to it.

In addition to manufacturing new consoles, INTV Corp. also continued to develop new games, releasing a few new titles each year. Eventually, the system was discontinued in 1991 with the realization that competing video game technology had finally caught up to the Intellivision design.

NOTE: The INTVIII should not be confused with “Intellivision III”, an upgrade to the Intellivision II that was cancelled by Mattel in favor of the unfinished “Intellivision IV” featuring a 68000 CPU (same as Amiga and Macintosh computers) with higher graphics to compete with ColecoVision.

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Contributors: "Skel" (Derek McDonald)

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NAME  System III
MANUFACTURER  INTV Corp.
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  october 1985
END OF PRODUCTION  1991
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  Twelve-button numeric keypad (0–9, Clear, and Enter) + 4 side-located action buttons (two of which are electronicaly the same) + 16-directions controller disk
CPU  General Instrument CP1610
SPEED  895 KHz
RAM  1352 bytes
ROM  7168 bytes
GRAPHIC MODES  160 x 196
COLORS  16 color palette
SOUND  General Instrument AY-3-8914 (3 channels sound + 1 noise generator)
I/O PORTS  Cartridge slot, video ouput (RF or RGB depending versions), power in
MEDIA  Cartridge
NUMBER OF GAMES  More than 130 videogames have been produced in the console lifetime (Mattel Intellivision)
POWER SUPPLY  Power supply built-in
PERIPHERALS  Intellivoice, System changer, Music synthesizer, Keyboard component, Computer system and more
PRICE  $59.95 (1985, USA)


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