National Game Registry: Colecovision

United States Library of Congress


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Colecovision Expansion Module #3 (Adam)
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This article features the best games released for the Colecovision as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Colecovision
Manufacturer: Coleco
Debut: 1982
Nation of origin: United States

Coleco entered the video game market in 1970s, releasing plug-and-play games that quickly increased in sophistication. As the cartridge-based, programmable console market exploded, Coleco became quite conservative – their only release was a Atari 2600 clone called the Gemini. Coleco finally worked up its courage in 1982 and released the powerful Colecovision, armed with an impressive conversion of the arcade hit, Donkey Kong, as a pack-in. The new console’s library was filled with high-quality arcade ports and Coleco even issued an expansion kit that converted the Colecovision into the Coleco Adam computer (self-contained Adam units were also sold). When the North American video game market crashed in 1983, Coleco’s yellow streak reemerged and the Colecovision became by the far the highest-profile victim, dying in 1984. The Adam was plagued by design flaws and was cancelled the following year at a huge loss. Colecovision inductees include:

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns


Emulation: National Game Registry recommends MESS for Colecovision emulation on home computers.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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