Emerson Arcadia 2001 video game console
|Type||Home video game console|
|Release date||May 1982|
|Retail availability||18 months|
|Memory||1 KB RAM|
|Graphics||128 × 208 / 128 × 104, 8 Colours|
|Controller input||2 x Intellivision-style controller (12 button keypad and 'fire' buttons on the sides)|
Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio in May 1982, several months before the release of ColecoVision. It was discontinued only 18 months later, with a total of 35 games having been released. Emerson licensed the Arcadia 2001 to Bandai, which released it in Japan. Over 30 Arcadia 2001 clones exist.
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. 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. Emerson-family cartridges come in two different lengths (short and long) of black plastic cases.
- Main Processor: Signetics 2650 CPU (some variants run a Signetics 2650A)
- RAM: 1 KB
- ROM: None
- Video display: 128 × 208 / 128 × 104, 8 Colours
- Video display controller: Signetics 2637 UVI @ 3.58 MHz (NTSC), 3.55 MHz (PAL)
- 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)
Console variants and clones
|Advision Home Arcade||Advision||Emerson console|
|Arcadia 2001||Emerson||Emerson console|
|Dynavision||Morning-Sun Commerce||MPT-03 console|
|Hanimex MPT-03||Hanimex||MPT-03 console|
|Home Arcade Centre||Hanimex||Emerson console|
|Intelligent Game MPT-03||Intelligent Game||MPT-03 console|
|Intercord XL 2000 System||Intercord||Emerson console|
|Intervision 2001||Intervision||Ormatu console|
|ITMC MPT-03||ITMC||MPT-03 console|
|Leonardo||GiG Electronics||Emerson console|
|Ormatu 2001||Ormatu Electronics BV||Ormatu console|
|Palladium Video-Computer-Game||Neckermann||Palladium console|
|Polybrain Video Computer Game||Polybrain||Palladium console|
|Poppy MPT-03 Tele Computer Spiel||Poppy||MPT-03 console|
|Prestige Video Computer Game MPT-03||Prestige||MPT-03 console|
|Robdajet MPT-03||MPT-03 console|
|Rowtron 2000||Rowtron||MPT-03 console|
|Schmid TVG-2000||Schmid||Emerson console|
|Sheen Home Video Centre 2001||Sheen||Ormatu console|
|Soundic MPT-03||Soundic||MPT-03 console|
|Tele Brain||Mr. Altus||Palladium console|
|Tempest MPT-03||Tempest||MPT-03 console|
|Tobby MPT-03||Tobby||?||MPT-03 console|
|Trakton Computer Video Game||Trakton||Palladium console|
|Tryom Video Game Center||Tryom||MPT-03 console|
|Tunix Home Arcade||Monaco Leisure||Emerson console|
|UVI Compu-Game||Orbit Electronics||Orbit console|
|Video Master||Grandstand||Orbit console|
|Type||Video game console|
|CPU||Signetics 2650 @ 3.58 MHz|
|Predecessor||Bandai Super Vision 8000|
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.
- Dr. Slump
- Mobile Soldier Gundam
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross
After seeing the Arcadia 2001 at the summer 1982 Consumer Electronics Show, Danny Goodman of Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games reported that its graphics were similar to the Atari 2600's, and that "our overall impression of the game play was favorable for a system in this price range, though no cartridge stands out as being an exciting original creation". He called the controller offering both Intellivision-like disc and joystick functionality "A great idea".
Emerson planned to launch the console with 19 games. Some Arcadia 2001 games are ports of lesser-known arcade games such as Route 16, Jungler, and Jump Bug, which were not available on other home systems.
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 competitor companies for releasing games to which it had exclusive-rights agreements. 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.
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- Lester, John. "History of Consoles: Arcadia 2001 (1982)". Gamster81. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
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