National Game Registry: Mattel Electronics Aquarius

United States Library of Congress

Mattel Electronics Aquarius

image: Old Computers

Mattel Electronics Aquarius
image: Old Computers

Mattel Electronics Aquarius II
image: Old Computers

This article features the best games released for the Mattel Electronics Aquarius as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Aquarius
Developer: Radofin
Manufacturer: Mattel Electronics
Debut: 1983
Nation of origin: Hong Kong

Perhaps inspired by the success of their Intellivision gaming console, Mattel Electronics decided to enter the home computer market in 1983 with the dramatically named Aquarius.  The Intellivision managed to succeed in an overpopulated console market due to its relatively advanced graphics and processing power.  For reasons unknown, Mattel decided to attack the home computer market in backwards fashion, issuing a computer that was technologically years behind its competitors.  Mattel realized their mistake with incredible speed. discontinuing the model after only three months.  The rights were sold to Radofin, which issued a slightly upgraded model, the Aquarius II.  Each of the Aqarius games in the National Game Registry are ports of Intellivision releases.

Astrosmash (1982)
SNAFU (1982)
Utopia (1982)

REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Emulation: National Game Registry recommends Virtual Aquarius for Aquarius emulation on home computers.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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