|This alternative Bassmate version comes in a plain white box|
Although already out there for close to thirty years (released in 1984), it had never popped up in Nintendo collector circles before.
|Inside a polystyrene tray with Bassmate,|
thermometer, ziplock bag, batteries and manual
The Bassmate Computer does deserve a place in Nintendo history, as it was engineered by Gunpei Yokoi's R&D1 team.
|Telko was the company that invented the Bassmate concept|
Yokoi's team used the Game & Watch technology to create this handheld fishing computer.
|If these buttons look like Game & Watch controls it's because they are|
The Bassmate was produced as an OEM product, for American company Telko. Something that was very unusual for Nintendo to do.
|Enter fishing conditions and the Bassmate proposes the best lure and bait|
Telko sold the Bassmate under their own name, as well under the 'Probe2000' and 'KMV' labels.
|Probe2000 and Telko branded version of the Bassmate|
The previous beforemario post that introduced the Bassmate as Nintendo engineered product was illustrated with the 'Probe2000' version. Here you see the 'Telko' version.
Besides these two versions, a third one exists that has a label 'KMV' stickered over the Telko brand.
|All three versions of the Bassmate are identical expect for the branding|
For more information on the Bassmate, check out this introduction and the 'making of' story.