Cassette Vision

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Cassette Vision
The Cassette Vision
Manufacturer Epoch Co.
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date
Introductory price ¥13,500
Removable storage ROM cartridge
Input Internal controllers
Successor Super Cassette Vision

The Cassette Vision (Japanese: カセットビジョン, Hepburn: Kasetto Bijon) is a home video game console made by Epoch Co. and released in Japan on July 30, 1981. There is also a redesigned model called the Cassette Vision Jr.

The term cassette is a contemporary Japanese synonym for ROM cartridge, not to be confused with the magnetic cassette tape format. In terms of power, it is comparable to the Atari 2600. The Cassette Vision has unusual controls: four knobs built into the console itself, two for each player (one for horizontal, one for vertical); plus two buttons per player.

The system originally retailed for 13,500 yen, with games priced at 4,000. The Cassette Vision sold around 400,000 units, and was the best selling video game console in Japan before the Famicom.[2] It received a successor called the Super Cassette Vision. As a 1984 machine, the Super Cassette Vision was more comparable to the likes of the Family Computer and the Atari 7800. The SCV was also sold in Europe, but with little known success.[3] The Super Lady Cassette Vision, a version of the Super Cassette Vision that was aimed at a female market, was released exclusively in Japan. While the specs were exactly the same, the plastic was pink in color and included a carrying case and the "Milky Princess" game.


  • Astro Command - an action game released by Epoch in 1983.
  • Baseball - a baseball game released by Epoch in 1981.
  • Battle Vader - a shoot 'em up released by Epoch in 1982.
  • Big Sports 12 - a sports game released by Epoch in 1981.
  • Elevator Panic
  • Galaxian (this is not based on Namco's game but on Nihon Bussan's Moon Cresta )
  • Kikori no Yosaku
  • Monster Block
  • Monster Mansion (Donkey Kong clone)
  • New Baseball
  • PakPak Monster (Pac-Man clone)

Unreleased games[edit]

  • Grand Champion

Technical Specifications[edit]

The Cassette Vision Jr., a cost reduced and minimized version of the Cassette Vision released in 1983.

Cassette Vision's controllers are integrated into the body.

Cassette Vision hardware has only the controllers and power supply circuit. Other components include the 1chip CPU.[clarification needed] The RAM and video processor are on the cartridge circuit board.


  1. ^ "Release Date". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  2. ^ "株式会社 エポツク杜 堀江正幸氏 (pg. 9)" (in Japanese). 1998. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Epoch Super Cassette Vision: History & Reviews". Video Game Console Library. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 

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