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Tele-Ball IX

MBO, a popular German electronics manufacturer, produced a large serie of pong systems named "tele-ball" with numbers ranging from 1 to 9 (or more ?). Though they had some cosmetic differences, all these systems were very close to each other in terms of functionality.

The Tele-Ball IX plays 10 games in color : target 1, target 2, basket 1, basket 2, gridball, squash 1, squash 2, football, tennis and ice hockey. It seems to be the most complete pong of the Tele-Ball systems, thanks to its (popular) AY-3-8600 General Instruments chipset.

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This is by far the rarest tele-ball system. I only came across 3 speciments of which 2 were strangely found in Italy hence all other tele-ball systems were sold in Germany. If any one of you has a box for this system please contact me over my website :-)

          
Friday 8th October 2010
Adrian Scheel (Germany)
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NAME  Tele-Ball IX
MANUFACTURER  MBO
ORIGIN  Germany
YEAR  ? 1978
BUILT IN GAMES  target 1, target 2, basket 1, basket 2, gridball, squash 1, squash 2, football, tennis, ice hockey
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable controllers with knob and button
CPU  AY-3-8610 from General Instruments ?
BUTTONS  Game selection, reset, start ?
SWITCHES  Power on/off, Speed fast/slow, Ball angle 20°/40°, Bat size large/small, Service auto/manual
SCORE  On screen & on case
COLORS  Yes
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
BATTERIES  Unknown
POWER SUPPLY  Unknown
GUN  Yes
PRICE  Unknown


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