Arcadia-2001

Micro Computer System Video Game

Welcome to the wonderful world of the micro-computer EMERSON ARCADIA-2001. This micro-computer will bring you endless hours of fun at home with additional cartridges available at your EMERSON dealer.


Overview

In 1982, Emerson Radio Corporation launched the diminutive Arcadia-2001 into a home console market already crowded by Atari, Mattel, Magnavox, and Coleco. Though they claimed to offer a “high-quality system that combines the playability of Intellivision and the low price of Atari’s VCS,” their competitors had snatched up most of the lucrative arcade partnerships, leaving Emerson to drum up inferior derivatives and obscure licenses like Jungler and Red Clash. A victim of bad timing, poor third-party support, and unremarkable hardware, Emerson's first and only videogame console failed to make an impact before the U.S. market's collapse in 1983. However, it did live on in over a dozen hardware variants released across Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Specifications
Manufacturer Emerson Radio Corporation
Type Console
CPU Signetics 2650/2650A
GPU Signetics 2637N
RAM 1KB
Resolution 128x208 / 128x104
Palette 9 colors (4 for characters, 4 for sprites, one for background)
Graphics 4 single-color hardware sprites
Sound Single-channel
Input 2x hardwired controllers with 12-input keypad (0–9, clear, enter), two action buttons, and disc control (with screw-in joystick)
Media cartridges
Variants Schmidt TVG-2000 (Germany)
Bandai Arcadia (Japan)
Leisure Vision (Canada)
Tunix Home Arcade (New Zealand)
Hanimex HMG-2650 (Germany/Canada)
Grandstand Video Master (New Zealand)
Principal MPT-03 Home Entertainment Centre (France)
Tempest MPT-03 (Australia)
Advision Home Arcade (France)
Tchibo Tele-Fever (Germany)
GiG Leonardo (Italy)
Poppy MPT-03 (Germany)
Intelligent Game Home Entertainment Center (U.S.)
Prestige MPT-03 (France)
Intervision 3001 Home Video Centre (Spain)
Rowtron MPT-03 (?)
Soundic MPT-03 (Europe)

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