Mattell Intellivision Tennis 1982

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Released by Mattel Electronics in 1980, the Intellivision was a cartridge-based home videogame system with superior graphics compared to those of its main competitor, the Atari Video Computer System (later renamed the Atari 2600). The Intellivision was the first platform to feature a 16-bit microprocessor, and Mattel's marketing strategy sought to capitalize on the system's technical superiority and higher-resolution graphics. But according to Steven Johnson, author of Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate, "the problem that Mattel faced was that the very idea of competing technical specs wasn't yet a part of the popular vernacular." Intellivision was "the closest thing to the real thing," claimed television and print ads, which promoted the system by juxtaposing screenshots from the Atari 2600 and their product. Without a doubt, Intellivision had an advantage over Atari, and millions of American children responded by putting Mattel's new system on the very top of their holiday wish lists. Parents answered the call and by 1982 Mattel had sold more than two million units.

Game in overall good condition. Has signs of light use and wear. Please see photos for cartridge condition. Game only, no box or instructions. Requires Intellivision game system to play.