With the recent releases of the Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox, we as gamers tend to be in awe with the future of gaming but can forget the consoles and games that paved the way for this generation to exist and be successful. Let us gander into the abyss of the history of videogame consoles for the month of February.
– Bally Astrocade
The Bally Astrocade was released at the end of January, but released for retail on the first of February 1977. The console itself was also only purchase-able through mail order. The Astrocade was known for its amazing graphics and multiple use ability, and is known for being showcased in the popular movie National Lampoon’s Vacation.
Unfortunately the Astrocade fell to the videogame recession in 1983 as did several others including Intellivison as noted in the January edition of this article. The Astrocade was bought out by several different buyers and eventually discontinued in 1983.
– Sharp Nintendo Television
Originally released in Japan in 1983, the Sharp Nintendo Television was released in North America in February 1989. Similar to the Nintendo, this all in one console takes Nintendo cartridges and has the necessary controller connections.
Sharp’s Nintendo TV had a very short run due to the rarity of the item and the cost of the system. Few TV’s have the factory Nintendo seal on it and between 1989 and 2011 it was said to have sold a total of $550, according to nes.wikia.com
– Family Computer Disk System (Nintendo)
The Family Computer Disk System, or FCDS for our purposes, was released exclusively in Japan in 1986. The system used proprietary floppy disks or “Disk Cards” which was said to be way ahead of its time. It housed such games as Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, which was a direct sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. The use of poisonous mushrooms versus the original growth mushrooms was one of many reasons it wasn’t released in the US.
FCDS was announced to the public of the US but was never released. It was said that between 1986 and 2003 the FCDS sold around 4.44 million consoles.
– FM Towns Marty
The FM Towns Marty was another Japanese released console in February of 1993. This was the first 32-bit home gaming system that also was CD-ROM capable. Unfortunately, despite the amazing hardware FM Towns had to offer, the developers were poor salesman and the system inevitably sunk.
– Sega Firecore
The Sega Firecore from ATGames was released February 2011. It was simply released as the both of best worlds between Sega Plug-n-Play and the original Genesis. Firecore comes with 20 built-in classics and allows for cartridge play.
This slim version of the Sega Genesis is still in production and is priced differently over the several sites that sell it.
What was your favorite console from the past? Sound of in the comments section below.
Due to the age of the information most if not all information was gathered from google.com or wikipedia.com.