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Intellivision & Colecovision FLASHBACK UNBOXINGS !


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#1 MaximumRD

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 10:49 PM

Sorry for posting twice, I JUST posted this in my own Youtube Videos thread however I thought it might get overlooked and thought it would be of interest in this section since it is specific. Hope that's cool. THANKS.
 
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Intellivision & Colecovision UNBOXINGS ! 
Finally received the Pre-Order I had made several months ago! Though tempted to cancel due to some details that later came to light I decided to just wait it out and today I received both of the latest Flashback units from AtGames. These were purchased online from ToyR'Us in the USA and shipped to me here in Canada via iParcels (who seem to have done a fine job overall) I give lots of narration and details so please watch and listen and see for yourselves exactly what you can expect should you decide to pick either of these up. These units were about $40 USD (corrected from my video commented) plus an additional $35 to have both units shipped to my address. I mention both pros and cons of these systems as well should you be interested in the cables/adapters to make the Intellivision Flashback controllers compatible with the original console Buy the Flashback Controller Adapter Here:
 
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#2 DeLorean

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 12:03 AM

Rob, this is AWESOME stuff. Don't apologize for double posts we're happy you are here.


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#3 RickR

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 12:10 AM

I've purchased both myself, but haven't opened them yet.  My wife put them away as birthday gifts for me (my BD is in November), since I'm "hard to buy for".  So thanks for showing me what I'm missing! 


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 08:48 PM

This is a great review MaximumRD. I'm so disappointed the controllers don't work with the original systems! How marvelous that would have been! 


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 10:10 PM

Hey Scientist, so happy to see you posting! I'm disappointed about the controllers too, that was a cheap shortcut they took, I guess at the last minute to get them out on time. You can get them rewired though and they'll still work. The Coleco controller actually feels a lot better imo than the originals.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:30 PM

Nice review. I'm also disappointed about the controllers, I was hoping to have new controllers for Coleco. Oh well. And I never understood the whole Intellivision thing. The games that weren't Atari knock-offs were pretty weak, and that control pad was just unplayable. But that's just my 2c.


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#7 DeLorean

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 10:09 PM

Really Octagon?? That's harsh. True to an extent, but harsh. I always liked the Intellivision. They were the underdog and they made some pretty cool games. Diner comes to mind.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 10:06 PM

 My best friend had Intellivision, we had Atari.  I always loved playing Donkey Kong Burger Time at his house. I finally bought myself one about a year ago with a couple of games. The disc controller is horrible!!!! :) Just bought 20 games off ebay last night, very excited for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons!!! I'


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 11:39 PM

I'm very excited about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons too, greenween! I used to confuse that game with Quest for the Rings so I always thought it was on Odyssey 2. 


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 02:27 PM

AD&D both 1 and 2 are both great games.  Don't tell the Intellivision guys, but I agree that the controller is just terrible.  I don't mind the disc as much as the side buttons.  It will be interesting to see if the flashback improves the controller at all. 


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#11 Zontar

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:34 PM

I wonder how long it will take them to release Rev.2 versions of these consoles with working joysticks


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#12 Rumple Foreskin

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:28 PM

I was looking forward to getting these but won't for two simple reasons. joysticks don't work on the original systems and no licensing for pitfall. those are dealbrakers in my book.



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Posted 27 October 2014 - 03:25 AM

I picked both of these up a few weeks ago. I've tried them both out, and I gotta admit I like the Colecovision better (please don't hate me). That's not to say the Intellivision isn't as good.

Funny you should mention rewiring the controllers. I ended up taking the coleco controller apart to tinker with it. Haven't gotten very far though. If I'm able to get it working on the original, you all will be the first to know.
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Posted 29 October 2014 - 11:07 AM

coleco is better than intellivision always is always was. Intellivision had some okay games, the sports games were good at the time but they dont hold up well. Coleco games hold up better because theyre arcade classics and still fun to play. I have to agree the controllers on intellivision are cruddy. Coleco didnt have the best controllers but they were better than anything out at the time.


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 12:22 PM

Well, I finally got mine!  Happy birthday to me. 

I've only opened the Colecovision Flashback so far.  Love it.  The controllers are GOOD.  Smaller than the originals, and the stick is less stiff.  Big improvement.  Good game selection.  No Donkey Kong!  But Frenzy.  Got stuck playing Frenzy.  The rest will have to wait until later.  That game is fantastic. 

 

I do have a problem though.  With most of the flashbacks I've tried...my LCD just doesn't like them.  The picture is kind of jittery.  I'll just have to play on a smaller TV. 


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 05:05 PM

:P

 

 

I have been asked quite a bit about my own thoughts and impressions since doing my Colecovision and Intellivision Flashback unboxing video. Damn crazy views I got on that one compared to my usual numbers. Anyway, I just have not had the time or opportunity to plug my own back in BUT I can tell you from the info I have seen from others videos and comments etc, I will offer this:  Colecovision FLASHBACK: Sadly, the controllers are not interchangeable with the original ones, they were originally suppose to be but a last minute decision (likely to meet a quicker release ) changed that. The emulation is even worse than on the Intellivision Flashback. One real example is THE HEIST by Microfun on the Colecovision flashback pretty much running at 1/2 the original speed UGH! Not only does that kill the once fun and bouncy music but it kills the pace of the game, that is the worse of it though, the rest play OK. If your expectations are not too high (IE: you are not expecting a perfect representation of the original games) for the casual retro gamer just looking to quickly and conveniently relive some Colecovision fun it is not too bad a deal. Note also a dude on Atariage offering a sticker set helping this unit look much closer to the original design of the Colecovision which is nice as AtGames seemed to put less effort in this area than they did for the Intellivision Flashback. That said my original Colecovison, accessories and 128in1 cartridge isn't going anywhere.
 
Intellivision Flashback : Same issue with the controllers not being interchangeable with the originals (though a dude on Atariage offers adapters to fix this issue allowing you to use the Flashback controllers on original Intellivisions) Games play a little better than compared to the Coleco FB however a true fan will still notice some quirks especially in the audio department compared to the original but nothing too drastic. Again, for the causal player just looking to plug n play for some Intellivision fun not too bad a deal. I DO hope to get some time to myself to actually hookup and play to demonstrate for you all personally some of what i have reported here. Don't wait for me if you are on the fence for either of these though as you can find plenty of videos demonstrating all the new Flashbacks that are very thorough. Bottom line, these are not for the "purist", you guys can just stick to the original but the price point and all the included games means it is really marketed to those that had one as a kid and passes by seeing it on the shelf and they think "HEY! I remember having a Colecovision / Intellivision, this looks cool!" it is NOT for those who have the original hardware / games unless you are the type of collector who just has to have everything regardless or just want as a conversation piece etc. Had the games played more accurately or the controllers been compatible with originals right out of the box it would have been a no brainer, as it stands though you can decide if it is worth it for yourselves. 

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:36 PM

I was playing more with the Colecovision Flashback today and noticed wrong sound effects while playing Zaxxon.  And then Squish-em Sam -- no voice synthesis!  Well, that was enough for me, I boxed it up and returned it.  Intellivision unit as well without even opening it.  If it isn't authentic, I don't want it. 

If the controllers worked with a real CV or INTV, I might have kept them just for those.  But nope.  Back to the Loch with ye, Nessie.


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 12:10 AM

Good write-up, Max! This is another case showing that nothing beats the real deal.  :invader:


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#19 LeeJ07

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

Personally, I like my CV and IV Flashbacks. My first exposure to their games, ever. I've played the hell out of Pepper II and Astrosmash... Fun stuff. They may not be perfect, but for my needs, they serve their purpose quite nicely. I really enjoy Thunder Castle, and Night Stalker, and Frenzy from CV is amazing, but tough as nails. And I thought Berzerk was hard. In all, I like my Flashbacks, and they get a lot of use.
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Posted 17 May 2015 - 09:50 PM

I bought 2 CV Flashbacks last Thanksgiving morning at Dollar General because they were on sale. I gave one to my 5 year old nephew for Xmas and the other I tossed up on a shelf to sit next to my Atari Flashback that I never opened. I'll save the CV Flashback for the day when I no longer have access to a working Colecovision.
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