Emerson Arcadia 2001

The Arcadia 2001is a second generation console using 8bits that was released by the Emerson Radio Corporation and had approximately 51 unique games in addition to 10 different variations. There was a company by the name Arcadia Corporation which released the 2600 Supercharger however the console was not named after them and in fact this company was sued by Emerson for trademark infringement. Afterwards the Arcadia Corporation changed their name to Starpath allowing Emerson to license the Arcadia 2001 across the globe allowing 30 different clones of the console to come into existence.

Console Information:

The Emerson Arcadia 2001 console was much smaller than its many competitors and was powered using a 12V power supply which allowed the console to be portable and used in automobiles as well as boats as long the user also had access to a portable television set which was not common during its release in 1982. The Emerson Arcadia also included two separate headphone audio output jacks which were located on the rear of the unit. The console used control pads which were very similar to those used with the Intellivision however they also included side fire buttons. The control pads also contained screw slots in the pads which allowed for the attachment of joysticks similar to the later Sega Master System controllers, and many games contained BoPET overlays which could be applied to the controllers. The console itself was very simple and had only a handful of buttons including power, start, reset, and of course select. The Arcadia 2001 was unique because game cartridges were not standardized and in fact there were three separate varieties which used different case styles and artwork. These cartridges were called Emerson-family carts and came in two different lengths of black plastic cases. The smaller of the two sizes is comparable to the cartridges used with the Atari 2600 in overall size and this family of cartridges used a unique “sketch” type of picture labels. The MPT-03 family of cartridge cases on the other hand resemble the cartridges which would later be used with SNES in both size and shape with the major difference be that they were created using molded brown plastic. The labels used in the MPT-03 family of cartridges used a much more modern and stylized type of label using only minimal pictures. In addition to these two types of cartridges there were also “pirate-cart” cartridges which appear nothing like the previous two in shape, size, artwork or color though all functioned with the system.

Market Failure:

The Emerson Arcadia unfortunately for Emerson was considered to be dead even before its release in the United States because it was released at around the same time as the Colecovision and the Atari 5200 which were both vastly superior consoles in nearly every facet. In addition to being an inferior console Emerson struggled to compete in the market due the fact that Atari had begun to sue competing companies for releasing games for which they held exclusive-rights agreements making it nearly impossible to release popular games leaving Emerson with a massive number of game cartridges that had been manufactured which were not valid for commercial sale.

Bandai Arcadia:

In 1982 Bandai released their variation of the Emerson Arcadia 2001 along with four games which were produced by Bandai including Doraemon, Dr. Slump, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Super Dimension Fortress M across. These games were unique because they were developed by Bandai which was the only company other than UA Ltd. to produce games for the console.

Arcadia 2001 Variations:

The Arcadia was released by numerous companies and in total there were around 30 different variations and not all of them were compatible with one another. The variations included the Adivision Home Arcade (Adivision, France), Arcadia (Bandai, Japan), Arcadia 2001 (Emerson, U.S.), Cosmos (Tele-Computer, Spain), Dynavision (Morning-Sun Commerce, Japan), Ekusera (P.I.C., Japan), Hanimex MPT-03 (Hanimex, France), HMG-2650 (Hanimex, Germany), Home Arcade Centre (Hanimex, France), Intelligent Game MPT-03 (Intelligent Game, U.S.), Intercord XL 2000 System (Intercord, Germany), Intervision 2001 (Intervision, Switzerland), ITMC MPT-03 (ITMC, France), Leisure-Vision (Leisure Dynamics, Canada), Leonardo (GiG Electronics, Italy), Ormatu 2001 (Ormatu Electronics BV, Netherlands), Palladium Video Computer Game (Neckermann, Germany), Polybrain Video Computer Game (Polybrain, Germany), Poppy MPT-03 Tele Computer Spiel (Poppy, Germany), Robdajet MPT-03 (Switzerland), Rowtron 2000 (Rowtron, UK), Schmid TVG-2000 (Schmid, Germany), Sheen Home Video Centre 2001 (Sheen, Australia), Soundic MPT-03 (Soundic, Finland), Tele Brain (Mr. Altus, Germany), TeleFever (Tchibo, Germany), Tempest MPT-03 (Tempest, Austalia), Tobby MPT-03 (Tobby), Trakton Computer Video Game (Trakton, Australia), Tryom Video Game Center (Trynom, U.S.), Tunix Home Arcade (Monaco Leisure, Australia), UVI Compu-Game (Orbit Electronics, Australia), and finally Videomaster (Grandstand, Australia).

Games:

– 3D Bowling

– 3D Racing

– 3D Soccer

– Alien Invaders

– Astro Invader

– American Football

– Baseball

– Brain Quiz

– Breakaway

– Capture

– Cart Trax

– Crazy Climber (unreleased)

– Escape

– Funky Fish

– Galaxian

– Grand Prix 3D

– Grand Slam Tennis

– Hobo

– Home Squadron

– Jump Bug

– Juggler

– Kidou Senshi Gundamu (only in Japan)

– Math Logic

– Missile War

– Ocean Battle

– Pleiades

– RD2 Tank

– Red Clash

– Robot Killer

– Route 16

– Soccer

– Space Attack

– Space Chess

– Space Mission

– Space Raiders

– Space Squadron

– Space Vultures

– Spiders

– Star Chess

– Super Bug

– Super Gobbler

– Tanks A Lot

– The End

– Turles/Turpin

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