Arcadia 2001

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Emerson Arcadia 2001
Emerson Arcadia 2001 video game console
Manufacturer Emerson Radio Corp.
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Retail availability 1982[1]
Media ROM cartridge
CPU Signetics 2650 @ 3.58 MHz

The Emerson Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio Corp in 1982 following the release of ColecoVision. It was discontinued only 18 months later, with a total of 35 games having been released.[2]

Arcadia 2001 is not a product of Arcadia Corporation, manufacturer of the 2600 Supercharger, and was sued by Emerson for trademark infringement. Arcadia Corporation then changed its name to Starpath.[3] Emerson licensed the Arcadia 2001 to Bandai which released it in Japan,[2] and over 30 Arcadia clones exist.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Hanimex HMG-2650

The Arcadia is much smaller than its contemporary competitors and is powered by a standard 12-volt power supply so it can be used in a boat or a vehicle. This portability feature, however, requires a portable television, which was extremely rare in the early 1980s. It also has two outputs (or inputs) headphone jacks on the back of the unit, on the far left and far right sides.

The system came with two Intellivision-style controllers with a 12 button keypad and 'fire' buttons on the sides. The direction pads have a removable joystick attachment. Most games came with BoPET overlays that could be applied to the controller's keypads. The console itself had five buttons: power, start, reset, option, and select.

There are at least three different types of cartridge case styles and artwork, with variations on each.[citation needed] Emerson-family carts come in two different lengths (short and long) of black plastic cases.

Releases[edit]

Intervision 2001

Emerson actually created many popular arcade titles including Pac-Man, Galaxian and Defender for the Arcadia, but never had them manufactured as Atari started to sue its competitors companies for releasing games to which it had exclusive-rights agreements[citation needed]. Early marketing showed popular arcade games, but they were later released as clones. For instance, the Arcadia 2001 game Space Raiders is a clone of Defender, and Breakaway is a clone of Breakout.[4]

Name Manufacturer Country Compatibility family
Advision Home Arcade Advision France Emerson console
Arcadia Bandai Japan Emerson console
Arcadia 2001 Emerson United States Emerson console
Cosmos Tele-Computer Spain Emerson console
Dynavision Morning-Sun Commerce Japan MPT-03 console
Ekusera P.I.C. Japan MPT-03 console
Hanimex MPT-03 Hanimex France MPT-03 console
HMG-2650 Hanimex Germany Emerson console
Home Arcade Centre Hanimex France Emerson console
Intelligent Game MPT-03 Intelligent Game United States MPT-03 console
Intercord XL 2000 System Intercord Germany Emerson console
Intervision 2001 Intervision Switzerland Ormatu console
ITMC MPT-03 ITMC France MPT-03 console
Leisure-Vision Leisure-Dynamics Canada Emerson console
Leonardo GiG Electronics Italy Emerson console
Ormatu 2001 Ormatu Electronics BV Netherlands Ormatu console
Palladium Video Computer Game Neckermann Germany Palladium console
Polybrain Video Computer Game Polybrain Germany Palladium console
Poppy MPT-03 Tele Computer Spiel Poppy Germany MPT-03 console
Prestige Video Computer Game MPT-03 Prestige France MPT-03 console
Robdajet MPT-03 Switzerland MPT-03 console
Rowtron 2000 Rowtron United Kingdom MPT-03 console
Schmid TVG-2000 Schmid Germany Emerson console
Sheen Home Video Centre 2001 Sheen Australia Ormatu console
Soundic MPT-03 Soundic Finland MPT-03 console
Tele Brain Mr. Altus Germany Palladium console
Tele-Fever Tchibo Germany Emerson console
Tempest MPT-03 Tempest Australia MPT-03 console
Tobby MPT-03 Tobby Tobby MPT-03 console
Trakton Computer Video Game Trakton Australia Palladium console
Tryom Video Game Center Tryom United States MPT-03 console
Tunix Home Arcade Monaco Leisure New Zealand Emerson console
UVI Compu-Game Orbit Electronics New Zealand Orbit console
Video Master Grandstand New Zealand Orbit console

Bandai Arcadia[edit]

Bandai Arcadia
BANDAI.svg
Manufacturer Bandai
Type Video game console
Generation Second generation
Media ROM cartridge
CPU Signetics 2650 @ 3.58 MHz
Predecessor Bandai Super Vision 8000
Successor Bandai RX-78

In 1982 the Bandai Arcadia, a variant of the Emerson Arcadia 2001, was released in Japan by Bandai. There were four Japan-exclusive game releases developed by Bandai which were the only known Arcadia titles written by other companies than UA Ltd.

  • Doraemon
  • Dr. Slump
  • Mobile Soldier Gundam
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Main Processor: Signetics 2650 CPU running @ 3.58 MHz
  • RAM: 512 bytes
  • ROM: None
  • Video Display: 128 × 208 / 128 × 104, 8 Colours
  • Video Display Controller: Signetics 2637 UVI
  • Sound: Single Channel "Beeper" + Single Channel "Noise"
  • Hardware Sprites: 4 independent, single color
  • Controllers: 2 × 2 way
  • Keypads: 2 × 12 button (more buttons on some variants)

Games[edit]

Many of the games for the Arcadia 2001 are ports of lesser-known arcade games such as Route 16 and Jungler. There are 46 games for this system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forster, Winnie (2005). The encyclopedia of consoles, handhelds & home computers 1972 - 2005. GAMEPLAN. p. 57. ISBN 3-00-015359-4. 
  2. ^ a b Watcher, Dark. "Emerson Arcadia 2001 - DW Facts". Video Game Console Library. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ The Dot Eaters - Epyx | The Dot Eaters
  4. ^ Lester, John. "History of Consoles: Arcadia 2001 (1982)". Gamster81. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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