Intellivision: Intelligent Television Game, 1981-1985

Summary

Mattel released its home video game console, Intellivision, in 1980. With a 16-bit microprocessor, an industry first, Intellivision outshone its competitors with more advanced graphics and a versatile color palette. The Mattel product also introduced downloadable games and, later, synthesized speech. Intellivision was a hit. By 1982 over two million units had been sold.

Mattel released its home video game console, Intellivision, in 1980. With a 16-bit microprocessor, an industry first, Intellivision outshone its competitors with more advanced graphics and a versatile color palette. The Mattel product also introduced downloadable games and, later, synthesized speech. Intellivision was a hit. By 1982 over two million units had been sold.

Artifact

Electronic game

Date Made

1981-1985

Creators

Mattel, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Hawthorne 

Taiwan 

China, Hong Kong 

Creator Notes

Made in Taiwan and Hong Kong for Mattel, Inc. of Hawthorne, California.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

93.226.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Cardboard

Dimensions

Height: 5.25 in

Width: 10.25 in

Length: 17.0 in

Inscriptions

on box: INTELLIVISION / INTELLIGENT TELEVISION on console: MATTEL ELECTRONICS INTELLIVISION INTELLIGENT TELEVISION

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