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04-06-2019 at 08:36 AM
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Need Help With Hardware Release Dates

I am slowly working on getting 1 of each system (handheld and console) released in the US. Part of this has been documenting the release dates of the each piece of hardware.

I can't find an exact date for 2 things. The Intellivision and the Emerson Arcadia 2001. All I can find for the Intellivision is some time in 1980 and the Arcadia is May 1982.

Was wondering if anyone has the actual exact dates these 2 were released.


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  1. Marco1019's Avatar

    According to @IntvPrime on Twitter, the 40th Anniversary of Intellivision is December 3, 1979. However, that could be when the system was test marketed in Fresno, CA. That bit of info is on Wikipedia, which cites this link:


    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3653/a_history_of_gaming_platforms_.php


    I'm not sure about the Emerson Arcadia. I always thought it was released earlier but I confused that system with the Bally Astrocade, which is celebrating its 41st Anniversary per a tweet I read this morning.

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  2. Barthax's Avatar

    The site http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg80-arcadia.htm#page=reviews has the Arcadia as May 1982. Most sites reference 1982 but aren't any more specific. Nothing more than you describe. :(

  3. Barthax's Avatar

    Vague suggestion from a FAQ at https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/a2k1/916364-arcadia-2001/faqs/2628

    "Here's what Anthony Brown sent and said: I did some research on the chips in the unit, while trying to repair one several years back. The "82xx" numbers on the chips are probably date codes, with "82" being the year, and "xx" being the week."

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  4. swaggers's Avatar

    Thanks guys. Good starting points. Appreciate it.

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