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PRINZTRONIC
Micro 5500

This is a typical system using catridges based on the different chipsets developped by General Instruments in the late 70s. Each GI chips was able to generate several games, ball games for a start, then later car racing, motorcycle, submarines, tanks and shooting games.

The system has two detachable controllers with one analog joystick and one fire button each. The control panel is composed of 10 buttons to select the different games offered by each cartridge (10 being the maximum). Difficulty switches, power switch and a start button can also be found.

Prinztronic marketed another very similar system which used cartridges based on GI chips: the Prinztronic Tournament. Though different in shape, it is basicaly the same system. Can anyone confirm if cartridges for each system can be used in each other?!

The Prinztronic 5500 was marketed in Europe and Oceania (New Zealand). In Germany it was sold as the SHG Blackpoint (different models exist).

The Tank Battle game produced by the AY-3-8710 chip from General Instruments, is often missing from available cartridges for this type of systems (based upon GI chips). There is one good reason. All the other games use analog controllers whereas the Tank Battle must be played with digital controllers (like direction buttons for example). And all these video-game systems were designed with analog controllers and no numeric ones. However, some systems, like the Prinztronic Micro 5500 (and the SHG Blackpoint) offered optional digital controllers (pads with 5 buttons: directions and fire) with the Tank Battle cartridge...

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
NAME  Micro 5500
MANUFACTURER  Prinztronic
ORIGIN  Europe
YEAR  ? 1978
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  Two controllers with analog joysticks and a fire button
CPU  None. Chipsets are located in each cartridge
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
COLORS  Yes
SOUND  Yes
I/O PORTS  Power in, TV RF video output
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  7 cartridges (maybe 8)
POWER SUPPLY  6 x 1,5v battery cells
PRICE  Unknown

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