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> DESCRIPTION

It is not clear if the Emerson Arcadia 2001 system was the first of this "group" to appear, but it is the best known for sure ! The Arcadia was launched in 1982 in the United States. It's a middle range system as the graphics and games are hardly better than those of the VCS 2600 or Intellivision back in 78.

Many clones and compatibles systems were found all around the world. Some look like the Arcadia 2001 and can use the same carts (Leisure Vision, Advision, Leonardo, Schmid, etc...), and others are completly different in shape (MPT-03 systems, Telefever, etc...) and are not "physically" compatible with the previous systems, i.e. carts are not the same.

But for all these systems, the games are absolutly identicals.

 

> HOW TO RECOGNISE THEM ?

- There are at least 12 keys (4 x 3) on each joystick keyboard plus at least 1 fire button on each joystick too. This fire button is sometimes on both sides of the controller (Arcadia 2001 for example) or on the keyboard (MPT-03). When there are more than 2 of these fire buttons, they usually have the same function.

 

- Most of the times there are 5 buttons on the control panel (Reset, Select, Option, Start, Power on/off). But the most important it's that there are always SELECT and OPTION buttons. There are sometimes called SELECT A and SELECT B, but are always 2 of them to make selection within the games. This is quite typical of these systems.

 

- Inside, the CPU is a Signetics 2650 (sometimes 2650A), and the video-chipset a Signetics 2637.

 

> THE GAMES

There are more than 30 games known for these systems. The Emerson Arcadia 2001 has the most complete list of games but other systems like the MPT-03 has games that were not available for the Arcadia like Auto Race, Basketball, Circus, etc...

Name of the game (Emerson Arcadia)

3D-Bowling

Alien Invaders

American Football

Auto Race (MPT-03 only)

Baseball

Basketball (MPT-03 only)

Brain Quizz

Breakaway

Capture

Cat Trax

Circus (MPT-03 only)

Combat (MPT-03 only)

Crazy Climber (MPT-03 only)

 

Crazy Gobbler

Escape

Golf (MPT-03 only)

Grand Slam Tennis

 

Hobo

Jump Bug

Jungler

Math Logic (MPT-03 only)

Missile War

Ocean Battle

Pleiades

 

Red Clash

Robot Killer

Route 16

Soccer

Space Attack

Space Mission

Space Raiders

Space Squadron

Space Vultures

Spiders

Star Chess

Tanks a lot

Turtles / Turpin

 

> THE SYSTEMS

Name

Brand

Country

 

Arcadia 2001

Advision

U.S.A.

 

Leisure Vision

???

Canada

 

Hanimex HMG-2650

Hanimex

Europe / Australia

 

Leonardo

???

Italy

 

Arcadia

Bandaï

Japan

 

Home Arcade

Advision

France

 

TVG-2000

Schmid

Germany

 

XL-2000

Intercord

???

 

Prestige MPT-03

Prestige ?

France

 

Rowtron MPT-03

Rowtron

???

 

Tryom MPT-03

Tryom

???

 

Video Computer Game

Poppy

???

 

Video Computer Game

Soundic

Europe

 

MPT03
SYSTEM

Tele-Fever

Eduscho

Germany

 

Intervision 2001

Intervision

Northern Europe

 

Video Computer Game

Palladium

Germany ?

 

 

> LINKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Emerson Arcadia 2001 :
Emerson Arcadia 2001 emulator
The Emerson Arcadia 2001 FAQ
Arcadia 2001 Museum
Digital Archeology / Emerson Arcadia 2001

General :
The Video Game Consoles F.A.Q.
Obscure Pixels (pictures and infos)

 



  
       
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