Saturday, December 17, 2011

Double Color TV Game 15 Trouble

In April my wife picked up the 1977 Nintendo Color TV Game 15 for me. I love this sort of simple, early video game stuff. Unfortunately when I plugged it in I discovered that one of the controllers was broken so we haven`t been able to play the thing.

Until two days ago that is. I was back in Omocha Souko and they had just tossed another Color TV Game 15 out for sale. Unfortunately it wasn`t in their 300 yen junk pile, but they only wanted 1,000 yen for it (about 12 bucks). It was missing the battery cover, hadn`t been tested and didn`t come with the AC adaptor but as I only wanted it for one of the controllers I decided what the hell and bought it.

After getting it home I plugged it in using the AC adaptor on my other one and discovered that this one too also had a broken controller. I`m not too sure what the deal is but this can`t have been mere coincidence, they must have had some sort of defect in the controllers.

Fortunately however it did have one working controller so after opening them both up and effecting the old switcheroo, I ended up with one fully functional Color TV Game 15 and one completely useless one.
We gave it a go for the first time last night. It works great. Basically you get 15 games that are pong, but are labelled tennis, volleyball, ice hockey and ping pong. There are different versions of each of these, but every game involves hitting a ball from one side of the screen to the other and that is it. Simplicity perfected. I love it so.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Sean, time I caught up on your posts! There were quite a few of these Pong-style games around in the late 70's but it's great that you got a Nintendo one, and even better that you managed to get it working! I bet it must feel pretty cool to play it :)