ColecoVision is a second-generation home video-game console. Developed by Coleco and launched in North America July 28th 1982. It was release a year later in Europe by CBS Electronics as the CBS ColecoVision.
The console offered a closer experience to more powerful arcade video games compared to competitors. Such as the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. The initial catalog of twelve games on ROM cartridge included the first home version of Nintendo’s Donkey Kong as the pack-in game. Approximately 136 games were publish between 1982 and 1984. Including Sega’s Zaxxon and some ports of lesser-known arcade games. That found a larger audience on the console, such as Lady Bug, Cosmic Avenger, and Venture.
Coleco released a series of hardware add-ons and special controllers to expand the capabilities of the console. “Expansion Module #1” allows the system to play Atari 2600 cartridges. A later module converts ColecoVision into the Coleco Adam home computer.
ColecoVision was discontinue in 1985 when Coleco withdrew from the video game market.