Coleco Gemini

In 1982, Coleco launches a plug-in for its console, ColecoVision. This device enabled the ColecoVision to be compatible with the Atari 2600. In more simple terms, you could play with the Atari 2600 cartridges on CoelcoVision with the Gemini. You guessed it, Atari sues Coleco for patent violation. However, the court concludes that there is no patent infrigement, since Coleco did not use any Atari 2600 components.

The major difference between the Atari console and the Gemini is the controller design. The Coleco Gemini controller featured an 8-way joystick and a 270-degree paddle on the same controller. The Gemini was also much more compact than the Atari 2600. Also, we must not forget to mention that the Atari console came with the Combat game of 1977, but the Gemini came with Donkey Kong, Carnival or Mouse Trap. These games were much more interesting.

ColecoVision by Coleco

The ColecoVision is a second-generation home console, developed and marketed by Coleco (Connecticut Leather Company) in August 1982. Its graphics and controllers are similar to the arcade games of the time. During the summer of 1982, ColecoVision and launched at a price of $ 199 and with a twelve games catalog. Finally, about 170 titles are launched during its lifetime. The majority of titles are conversions of arcade games.

Later, the American company has marketed a module which makes it compatible with the Atari 2600 games. The module has provoked a lawsuit from Atari, but this could not prevent sales of the module. Another module, released in the summer of 1983, transforms the console into a real computer, the Coleco Adam, with keyboard and cassette player.