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Mattel Intellivision (1979-1990)

Mattel Intellivision (1979-1990)


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Media:  Mattel Intellivision Commercial featuring American sports writer George Plimpton.

Mattel Intellivision

The Intellivision was released by Mattel Electronics in 1979. The name is short for "Intelligent Television". Development began the same year as the release of its main competitor, the Atari Video Computer System, in 1977. It had a price of $275 upon release in 1979, and went on to sell about 3 million units by 1983. Many people have said that the Intellivisions graphics were way better than the Atari's, but still didn't sell as well as it. In 1984, Mattel Electronics sold the rights to the Intellivision to former investors, and eventually became INTV Corporation. The console was sold by this new corporation from 1984 until 1990 when the Intellivision was discontinued. IGN ranked the Intellivision as the 14th greatest video game console of all time in 2009.

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