Mattel Intellivision This is the original release of the Intellivision, with the brown casing and controllers that can't be detached. At the time of it's release, the Intellivision was one of the most advanced game systems to yet appear and used the GI CP1600 16-bit cpu running at 500khz. Mattel even promised an add-on module that would turn it into a computer and this promise sold quite a few of the units based on this alone. Unfortunately, Mattel found that the planned computer add-on would be too expensive to produce and dropped the idea after releasing approximately 4000 units as a test. Those people that bought the Intellivision solely because of the promise of turning it into a computer complained to the FTC and Mattel eventually did release the computer add-on, though in a much different form than originally planned. The Intellivision was test marketed in Fresno, California in late 1979 and released nationwide in late 1980, selling 200,000 units the first year, and a total of 3 million of all models by the time production ceased in 1990. The Intellivision was also sold in Radio Shack stores as the 'Tandyvision One' and in Sears stores as the 'Super Video Arcade'.

The Intellivision was eventually itself redesigned, dubbed the Intellivision II, as well as having plans for a more advanced system. Unfortunately, only the Intellivision II made it to market before the video game crash of '84 and Mattel closing it's electronics division. The Intellivision was then sold to a company called INTV who revived it as the INTV System III, selling $6 million worth of the machines and games in the fall of 1985. 35 new game titles were released btween 1985 and 1990, bringing the total number of Intellivision games released up to 125.

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