Here is an interesting deluxe PONG system: Wonder Wizard model 7702. It was sold by General Home Products (GHP) in 1976, and is basically a Magnavox Odyssey 300. As a matter of fact, Wonder Wizard systems were manufactued by Magnavox. Model 7702 contains the same circuit board than Odyssey 300, and the bottom part of its plastic case is identical to the one used for the first Odyssey system.
As this system is same as Magnavox Odyssey 300 (except for the case), the game difficulty levels are set the same way using a 3-position switch to choose one of three combinations of difficulties (ball speed, ball angle and bat size). Thus, all difficulty levels cannot be used. The switch allows using three predefined difficulty levels, whereas most other PONG games had separate switches to change the speed, ball and paddle size and rebound angles.
Finally, this system exist in several forms. One has black knobs and woodgrain all over the top side of the case (as pictured), another has silver discs on both knobs, and woodgrain only on the title area (rectangle over switches), and a different version is a mix with silver discs and all woodgrain case...
Cleaning out my Grandpa's shed I came across an unopened Wonder Wizard and until that time I had no idea they even existed. I don't know any thing about it and can't seem to find out any info. such as how many where made or what their cost was back in '76.
Saturday 30th December 2006
I have no critical input for this site. I'm just so happy that it exists! I mean what the hell is wrong with me? I get an overwhelming warm and fuzzy feeling when I see a console like the Wonder Wizard or the Commodore PET 200. Some folks see a wooden doll they played with or a book they were read before bedtime, and I get horribly sentimental at the mention of a RANA disk drive. I personally owned an Atari 800, an Atari 5200 console, and Atari 520 St and an Atari 1040 STe. Long before that I can remember waiting what seemed like an eternity for my friend's tape drive to load Zaxxon onto his VIC-20. I understood the Atari 2600 "joystick handcramp". I was a child of an 8-bit world. Thanks for the trip down memory (16k to be exact) lane.
Tuesday 26th July 2005
Brian Gocher (USA)
Wonder Wizard (model N° 7702)
General Home Products (GHP)
BUILT IN GAMES
Handball, Tennis, Hockey
Two built-in knobs (non-detachable)
General Instruments AY-3-8500
Game selection, difficulty (pro, intermediate, beginner), power on/off/reset