[RetroConsole] Sega CD


In today’s episode of RetroConsole not a proper console but an add-on, a peripheral, maybe the most important during the early era of CD-ROM. Today I’d like to introduce you the Sega CD, also known in Europe as Mega CD that was released in the US on, October 15th, 1995 so 25 years ago! The…

[RetroConsole] Atari 2600 is 40 years old!!!


If you are old enough and/or you have studied the history af video games you’ll know that Atari MEANS video games. The company that back then has been the fastest growing compnay in all the US, capable to release tons of games and make astonishing profits was the same company that redefined, or better DEFINED…

[RetroConsole] ColecoVision


For many years in the 70s and early 80s video games meant exclusively Atari, specifically Atari 2600. A lot of competitors tried to challenge this colossus over the years to try and gain slices of market but all the attempt eventually failed. Just two consoles were good enough to threaten Atari: Mattel Intellivision and ColecoVision…

[RetroConsole] Nintendo’s debut: Color TV Game


Today Nintendo is a reference poin in the world of gaming consoles, and there was a time, during the NES era, when Nintendo actually MEANT video game console. But every story has its starting point and the worldwide success of the japanese firm has its beginning in the first console released back in the 70s….

[RetroConsole] Emerson Arcadia 2001


The second generation of gaming consoles is a huge world. Maybe not as the first, which features hunderds and huindreds of PONG clones and clones of clones, but something really big to handle anyway. During the roaring days of the first consoles wars the american company Emerson Radio Corp, one of the biggest electronics retailer…

[RetroConsole] I’m Nintendo, Super Nintendo


Sometimes whe you have a big success, like Nintendo had with NES, it’s difficult to prove once again to be the best. But Nintendo did it and in 1992, exactly today April 11th, Europe saw for the first time the brand new japanese 16-bit console, an item that made history as one of the best…

[RetroConsole] Hello, who’s speaking? RCA Studio II!?


Can a console be old even in 1977, when you could count the “big” consoles using only the fingers of one hand? RCA made this possible when they released their telephone Studio II in January. While the gaming world was switching to the 2nd generation, leaving only a small space to the old PONG clones of ther 1st…

[RetroConsole] A huge family: Coleco Telstar


After last month post about the Odyssey console family, especially about Odyssey 300, I thought it should have been right to talk about its direct competitor, the Coleco Telstar. The story in a nutshell If it werenìr for Ralph Baer, the inventor of the video game and the brain behind the realization of the first console of…

[RetroConsole] Magnavox Odyssey 300…and brothers


In the last years we attended to the war between Sony and Microsoft with their main products, PlayStation and Xbox. In the previous decade the war raged between Nintendo and Sega, when NES and MegaDrive tried to overwhelm each other. But even before, when the console market was still small and the battle between the console…

[RetroConsole] Nintendo 64


When I think about 1996, to me it’s like talking of yesterday. Damon Hill won his 1st Formula 1 Championship, Italy did an horrible figure during the European Championship in England and Dolly became the most famous sheep in history. But, as a matter of fact from 1996 20 years have passed even if I…