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Emerson Arcadia 2001, intended as a portable game console, the Arcadia 2001 was released by Emerson Radio Corp in mid-1982.
Emerson Arcadia 2001, intended as a portable game console, the Arcadia 2001 was released by Emerson Radio Corp in mid-1982.

The Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio Corp. It was considerably more powerful than the then-dominant Atari 2600, but came out right before the more-advanced Atari 5200 and the ColecoVision. The game library was composed 51 unique games and about 10 variations. The graphics were similar to those of the Intellivision and the Odyssey². Image File history File links EmersonArcadia2001. ... Image File history File links EmersonArcadia2001. ... Arcadia 2001 The Arcadia 2001 was a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio Corp. ... Emerson Radio Corporation, founded in 1948, is one of the United States’ largest volume consumer electronics distributors with a recognized trademark in continuous use since 1912. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, or simply Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by Atari as a replacement for the famous Atari 2600. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... Magnavox Odyssey² video game console The Magnavox Odyssey², known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey, in the United States as the Magnavox Odyssey² and the Philips Odyssey², and also by many other names, is a video game console released in 1978. ...


The Arcadia was not named after the company of the same name. Arcadia Corporation, makers of the 2600 supercharger, was sued by Emerson for trademark infringement. Arcadia Corporation changed its name to Starpath. Starpath Supercharger The Starpath Supercharger was an add-on module created by Starpath to expand the game capabilities of the Atari 2600 video game console. ... The U.S. company Starpath was founded in 1981 under the name Arcadia Corporation, but changed its name to Starpath shortly after, due to trademark reasons. ...

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Description

The Arcadia was originally intended to be a portable console, as it was much smaller than its competitors at the time. The console is powered by a standard 12-volt power supply so it could be used in a boat, or a vehicle. This portability feature, however, required a portable television, which was extremely rare in the early 1980s. It also has two outputs(or inputs) earphones jacks types on the back of the unit, on the far left and far right sides.


The system came with two Intellivision-style control pads, but with a lighter touch on the side 'fire' buttons. The control pads have screw holes in their centers, so that one could transform them into a joystick, a la Sega Master System. Most games came with mylar overlays which could be applied to the controllers. The console itself had five buttons: power, start, reset, option, and select. The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ...


There are at least three different types of cartridge case styles and artwork, with variations on each. Emerson-family carts come in two different lengths of black plastic cases; the short style is similar to Atari 2600 carts in overall size. This family uses a unique "sketch" type of picture label. MPT-03 family cart cases (see below) resemble Super NES carts in size and shape, except that they are molded in brown plastic. Their labels look much more modern and stylized, with only a minimal picture on each. There are also a family of what look like pirate carts, that look nothing like the others in shape, size or label artwork. The different labeled versions however all used the same cartridges.


Market Failure

The Emerson version of the console was essentially considered dead upon arrival in the USA. The system came out at the same time that the Atari 5200 and ColecoVision came onto the market. In addition, Atari's use of exclusive rights to many games made it very virtually impossible for Emerson to get popular games to the console. However it was successful in other countries. The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, or simply Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by Atari as a replacement for the famous Atari 2600. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Emerson actually created many popular arcade titles including Pacman, Galaxian and Defender for the Arcadia and had them manufactured. However, Atari started to sue its competitors for companies that it had exclusive-rights agreements and Emerson was stuck with thousands of manufactured games that could no longer be sold. Monitor Orientation: Vertical Type: Raster, standard resolution (224 x 288) 16 Colors Notes Developed during the Golden Age of Arcade Games. ... Galaxian is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. ... Defender is a horizontally-scrolling shoot em up arcade game created by Williams Electronics in 1980. ...


Variants

Unlike almost all other consoles, the Arcadia 2001 was sold from many different firms under different names:


These include:

Name Country Manufacturer
Advision Home Arcade France Advision
Bandai Arcadia Japan Bandai
Hanimex HMG-2650 Germany Hanimex
Hanimex MPT-03 France? Hanimex
Intercord 2000XL Germany ???
Leisure-Vision Canada Leisure-Dynamics
Leonardo Italy GiG
Ormatu Netherlands Ormatu Electric BV
Palladium Germany Palladium?
Poppy MPT-03 Germany ???
Prestige MPT-03 France ???
Rowntron MPT-03 ??? Rowntron?
Schmidt TVG-2000 Germany Schmidt
Soundic MPT-03 Finland? Soundic?
Tempest MPT-03 Australia Tempest?
Tele-Fever Germany Tchibo
Tryom ??? Tryom?
Tunix Home Arcade New Zealand Monaco Distributors Ltd.
Video Master New Zealand Grand Stand

Each console had a different number of games released for them; some like the Schmidt had almost every game released for them, others like the Tele-fever only had 4 games released. The Palladium has a different cartridge connector/pinout, 4 extra keys per controller. This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... Leonardo may refer to: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, geometer and painter Leonardo DiCaprio, an American actor In fiction: Leonardo (TMNT), fictional character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series Leonardo Acropolis, fictional painter in Blackadder, Series Two (Money) Leonardo Leonardo, ficional character in... General Name, Symbol, Number palladium, Pd, 46 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 5, d Appearance silvery white metallic Standard atomic weight 106. ... General Name, Symbol, Number palladium, Pd, 46 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 5, d Appearance silvery white metallic Standard atomic weight 106. ... Schmidt is a German surname that is a cognate of Smith, an occupational surname for a blacksmith. ... í For other uses, see Tempest. ... Tchibo is a German coffee company. ...


Technical specifications

  • Main Processor: Signetics 2650 CPU running at 3.58 MHz
  • RAM: 512 bytes (originally promised 28K)
  • 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)

According to Adam Osbornes classic book An Introduction to Microprocessors Vol 2: Some Real Products, the 2650 was the most minicomputer-like of the 8-bit processors. ... Signetics, once a major player in semiconductor manufacturing, made a variety of devices which included integrated circuits, bipolar and MOS, the Dolby circuit, logic, memory and analog circuits and Motorola clone CPUs, some of which were included in the first Atari video games. ... A Video Display Controller or VDC is an integrated circuit which is the main component in a video signal generator, a device responsible for the production of a TV video signal in a computing or game system. ... Signetics, once a major player in semiconductor manufacturing, made a variety of devices which included integrated circuits, bipolar and MOS, the Dolby circuit, logic, memory and analog circuits and Motorola clone CPUs, some of which were included in the first Atari video games. ...

Games

Many of the games for the Arcadia 2001 are lesser-known arcade game such as Route 16 and Jungler. Different games were available for the various clones of the Arcadia 2001, consult the Arcadia FAQ for more information. These game ROMS have been released into the public domain as abandonware. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Abandonware is computer software that is no longer current. ...

  • 3-D Bowling
  • 3-D Raceway
  • 3-D Soccer
  • Alien Invaders
  • Astro Invader
  • American Football
  • Baseball
  • Brain Quiz
  • Breakaway
  • Capture
  • Cat Trax
  • Crazy Gobbler
  • Crazy Climber (Unreleased)
  • Escape
  • Funky Fish
  • Galaxian
  • Grand Prix 3-D
  • Grand Slam Tennis
  • Hobo
  • Home Squadron
  • Jump Bug
  • Jungler
  • Kidou Senshi Gundamu (only in Japan)
  • Math Logic
  • Missile War
  • Ocean Battle
  • Pleiades
  • RD2 Tank
  • Red Clash
  • Robot Killer (clone of Berzerk)
  • Route 16
  • Soccer
  • Space Attack
  • Space Chess
  • Space Mission
  • Space Raiders
  • Space Squadron
  • Space Vultures
  • Spiders
  • Star Chess
  • Super Bug
  • Super Gobbler
  • Tanks A Lot
  • The End
  • Turtles/Turpin

Galaxian is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. ... Pleiades refers to: Pleiades (star cluster) an open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus. ... Berzerk is a multi-directional shooter video game, released in 1980 by Stern Electronics of Chicago. ...

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External links

  • Emerson Arcadia 2001 Central
  • WinArcadia and AmiArcadia emulators
  • Emerson Arcadia 2001 Gaming Guide
  • The Dot Eaters entry on the mighty Arcadia 2001
  • GiG Manufacturer of the Italian clone named Leonardo
  • Emulator2001 Arcadia 2001 Emulator
  • www.old-computers.com Emerson Arcadia 2001 museum entry
  • www.old-computers.com Article about Arcadia 2001 and "clones"
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Selected home game consoles
First generation
Magnavox OdysseyPongColeco Telstar
Second generation
Atari 2600Fairchild Channel FInterton VC 4000Odyssey²IntellivisionAtari 5200ColecoVisionArcadia 2001Vectrex • SG-1000
Third generation
NESMaster SystemAtari 7800
Fourth Generation
TurboGrafx-16Mega Drive/GenesisNeo GeoSNES
Fifth generation
3DOAmiga CD32JaguarSaturnPlayStationNintendo 64
Sixth generation
DreamcastPlayStation 2GameCubeXbox
Seventh generation
Xbox 360PlayStation 3Wii

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Arcadia 2001 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
The Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio Corp.
Arcadia Corporation, makers of the 2600 supercharger, was sued by Emerson for trademark infringement.
Different games were available for the various clones of the Arcadia 2001, consult the Arcadia FAQ for more information.
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