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Tutor Vision

In 1989, INTV Corp. signed a joint business deal with World Book Encyclopedia to manufacture the Tutorvision. The Tutorvision was basically just a modified version of the original Intellivision Master Console except it's exterior was gold coloured, the buttons on the keypad are bubble-style and not flat like the INTV III version, it featured a power-on LED, the original two circuit boards were now merged into one with the chips all dated 1988-90, and the logos were changed to the Tutorvision logo on the top portion of the console and the World Book emblem on the bottom.

The plan for this new system was to release two sets of eight educational game cartridges for children; one set for the very young and the other for older kids. These cartridges would only work on the TutorVision model and not on a regular Intellivision unit, although the TutorVision would also be able to play regular Intellivision cartridges also. The World Book direct sales staff would market Tutorvision as they did encyclopedias; i.e.: get the console and one set of the cartridges for a set of monthly payments.


Contributors: "Skel" (Derek McDonald)

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NAME  Tutor Vision
YEAR  1989
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  16 dedicated cartridges were to be released for the Tutor Vision
The Tutor Vision is also compatible with all Intellivision cartridges
POWER SUPPLY  Power supply built-in
PRICE  Unknown

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