Though the Color TV Game series (カラー テレビゲーム シリーズ) was successful, contrary to the other Nintendo toys and games of the era, not too much effort was put into creating a unique experience. For the most part, these machines adopted concepts developed by Magnavox and Atari.
|The four Color TV Games released between '77 and '79|
Atari’s home version of Pong was released during the holiday season of 1975, and in 1977 Nintendo was ready to take a slice of the Pong clone pie when it released the Color TV Game 6 (カラー テレビゲーム 6) and Color TV Game 15 (カラー テレビゲーム 15), offering 6 and 15 Pong-style game variants respectively.
The machines were co-developed by Mitsubishi Electronic and did not prominently feature Nintendo branding on the casing.
|The Nintendo videogame consoles of the 70s|
These first TV Games were followed by two somewhat more original creations: Color TV Game Racing 112 (カラー テレビゲーム レーシング 112) in 1978 and Color TV Game Block Kuzushi (カラー テレビゲーム ブロック崩し) the following year.
Racing 112 is a racing game that could be played by a single payer, using the provided steering wheel, or by two players using the paddles.
Block Kuzushi is clearly inspired by Breakout, and featured six game variants with some original ideas.
In upcoming posts we will take a closer look at each of these four games, and their power adapter accessory: