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E > EPOCH > TV Vader   

TV Vader

Epoch TV-Vader is a japanese stand-alone unit offering four Space-Invaders inspired games built-in the system. It was released in 1980.

The white console is quite simple in its design. In the middle of the case are the joystick (only left & right) and one fire button labeled "missile". Left to them is a LEVEL button used to select the game, and on the right is a START button and an ON/OFF power switch.

Apparently, the system offers four different games, largely inspired by Space Invaders. Each one seems to be variation of the arcade hit. Graphics are quite crude & blocky and very similar to the later Epoch Cassette Vision and its Battle Vader cartridge, released one year later.

Apart from these built-in games, there is no way to add new cartridges or anything. About connectors, there is only power in, and video out.

The Epoch Cassette Vision released one year later is surely based on the same hardware as the TV Vader...

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Looks like a cool little console. Very futuristic and space age for it''s time. However, if that controller isn''t detachable from the unit itself, I just cannot imagine people playing this one for long periods of time, as it''d be very painful to sit hunched over this thing for an extended play session.

Monday 22nd January 2018
rod (canada)


NAME  TV Vader
YEAR  1980
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  4 (or 5?) Space Invaders inspired games
KEYBOARD  Stick (left & righ) + fire button built-in the system
CPU  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown (blocky)
SOUND  Yes (unknown specifications)
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Power in, video out
OS  4
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit (6v, 250mA)
PRICE  15,000 yen (Japan, 1980)

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