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#1 opcode OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:09 PM

Hello everyone,

I am officially starting the ColecoVision Super Game Module (SGM) ordering process today. Here is some information about the SGM:

The SGM is a small device that plugs into the ColecoVision expansion port and increases the console RAM memory and sound capabilities. With the SGM you can run especially designed games that offer more complex gameplay than ever before. And of course arcade ports that play just like the real thing.

Specs:
  • Increases ColecoVision RAM memory from 1KB to 32KB
  • Doubles the ColecoVision and ADAM sound capabilities
  • Adds a power LED to the ColecoVision
  • Compatible with both the ColecoVision and ADAM
  • Uses a custom plastic case based on classic Coleco design
  • Comes with professionally printed box, manual and catalogs. Packaging mimics the classic ColecoVision packaging design circa 1982/83, so it will match your ColecoVision collection nicely.
  • Officially licensed Coleco product
How to order: Please send Paypal payment to eduardo [at] opcodegames.com. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allow 48 hours for the confirmation email (contact me if you don't receive the email by then).

Price: $90US including shipping for orders within continental US. $95US to Canada. $100US International. SOLD OUT

Availability: I am aiming for February 2013, but please read "Conditions" below for more information.

Conditions:
  • Minimum orders: manufacturing will NOT start until 150 orders are reached. Depending on when that number is reached, the planned release date might be pushed back. I currently have 240 names in my pre-order list, so hopefully the number will be reached quickly. Reached.
  • Maximum orders: maximum # of orders for the first run is 220 devices, due to logistic constraints. Further runs are possible if and when another 50 orders are reached. Price for additional runs may vary.
Games available during launch window: Thexdex (classic Transformers like action game), Spelunker (similar to the NES version), Rollerball (pinball game from HAL with 4 tables), Stone of Wisdom (Zelda-esque action game), King's Valley (action puzzle game from Konami), Dragon's Lair (ADAM's version now in cartridge), Super Zaxxon (ADAM's version now in cartridge). Those games will be released by Team Pixelboy and CollectorVision, so you need to contact them about order.

Games planned for 2013: Donkey Kong (new port of the arcade game), Goonies (action adventure based on the popular movie), Knightmare (action shooter from Konami), Space Invaders Collection 10th Anniversary (enhanced version of the popular CV game), Yie Ar Kung-Fu II - The Emperor Yie Gah (much improved sequel for the classic fighting game series), Zanac (popular shooter from Compile).

FAQ: ========================

- Does the SGM improve my existing ColecoVision games?
No, to take advantage of the SGM you need to use especially created SGM games.

- Does the SGM have its own cartridge slot?
No, SGM games are just like regular CV games and plugs into the CV cartridge slot.

- Do I need to remove the SGM to play regular games?
No, you don't. The SGM is compatible with virtually every ColecoVision game.

- Can I use the SGM with my ADAM?
Yes, you can.

- Why are you taking orders before the SGM is ready to ship? Why is it so expensive?
The SGM project is very expensive. The total cost for 200 units is $16,000US. Because of that I cannot pay for the whole manufacturing out of my pocket. The SGM uses a custom printed board, plastic case and packing, all professionally designed and manufactured and thus very expensive to manufacture in low volumes.

- Wasn't Donkey Kong supposed to be a launch game? Why has it been delayed to 2013?
Unfortunately, due to time and budget constraints I was forced to delay the game to be able to concentrate on the SGM and most of the launch day games.

- So is everything in place to start manufacturing of the SGM?
Kind of. The packing is missing pictures of the SGM, because we need the final plastic case for that, as the prototype 3D printed case isn't the correct color, and lacks the proper finishing that only a plastic mold can offer. So the first component that must be ordered is the case mold. The PCB is still going beta, but so far so good, we had a minor rev in the process to compensate for a ColecoVision design flaw that was giving us an out of sync video after power ons exclusively with regular CV games, but that has been fixed and I am now waiting for rev E. So we are going to probably have an extra month of beta before we go to manufacturing. But as long as I place the order for the boards by November, we should have the SGM in time for Christmas.

Some pictures and screenshots (check below):

- The prototype SGM. Final case will be black, with the exact same finishing as the CV sides. The name plate uses the same silver material that Coleco used with their CV stuff. Interestingly Coleco used a PVC material for the name plates, even though they look like metal.
- Screenshots of the manual, catalog and box.The box designed was ordered from a professional printer to make sure it will assemble perfect and offers the proper sturdiness you might expect from such a box.

[EDIT]: List of announced Super Game Module games ====================================

Games available with the Super Game Module:
  • Dragon's Lair (port of the ADAM game, originally planned as a Super Game for the never released Super Game Module from 1983). *
  • Zaxxon Super Game (another ADAM game, originally planned as a Super Game for the never released Super Game Module from 1983) *
  • King's Valley (port of a MSX game from Konami)
  • Thexder (port of the MSX game by Game Arts) *
  • Rollerball (port of the MSX game by HAL. produced by Satoru Iwata, current Nintendo president)
Games planned for 2013:

Team Pixelboy======
  • Spelunker *
  • Stone of Wisdom *
  • Zanac *
  • Knightmare *
  • Goonies *
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu II - The Emperor Yie Gah *
Opcode Games=====
  • Donkey Kong **
  • Space Invaders Collection 10th Anniversary **
CollectorVision=======
  • ???????
* MegaCart game
** Super Game Cartridge game



[EDIT]: Production status ===============================================

Connectors: Received
Plastic Case: Mold done, cases received
PCB: Received
Foam insert: Received
Packaging: Received
Nameplate: Printing
PSGs: Received

Now shipping!!


Orders so far: 220

SOLD OUT!

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Edited by opcode, Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:28 PM.


#2 evg2000 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:18 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:26 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:28 PM

money sent for 2. Gotta make sure both my CV's are happy ;)

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:55 PM

Payment sent for two.

Are you taking payment for the membership club? I didn't see that.

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:00 PM

AWESOME!

Payment has been sent!

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:07 PM

Are you taking payment for the membership club? I didn't see that.


I just read back the Opcode Club thread and NO ..... Eduardo did not start taking payment
I just messed up! .... I though he had start.... But no .... .... I think I'm getting old...........

Sorry Eduardo, just keep the money as a donation :)

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:07 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:50 PM

Payment for qty 2 SGM sent.

thanks

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:09 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:10 PM

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#12 opcode OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:59 PM

That is great. The first 20 SGMs have been taken. I will now start sending confirmations. I will probably notify everybody in my pre-order list tomorrow. From my experience about 30% of pre-orders don't complete their orders, so there should be enough SGMs for everybody. It is more of a matter of when we are going to reach the 150 number. I hope that happens by the end of this weekend, as I want to place the order for the SGM plastic case mold ASAP. I will be receiving samples before they start injecting the cases, so I will be using the samples to take pictures for the packaging. So the idea is to have the packaging ready to go to the printer by late October.
The other time sensitive component is the edge connector, which must be manufactured on demand. I placed the order more than a month ago though, so we should be receiving that soon.

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:07 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:14 PM

I'll be completing mine, but I'll have to do it after I get paid at 10PM. :D

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:17 PM

Ehrr, wait, no, payment sent NOW! :D Payment sent a couple seconds ago. :thumbsup:

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:40 PM

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:40 PM

Thanks, guys!
Well, probably I will be checking once a day, this is very time consuming and I have a ton of stuff that requires my immediate attention. During next week I will be doing some videos showing the SGM in action, with some of the launch games.

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:21 PM

Payment sent for 2! :)

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:43 PM

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Payment sent! I cant wait!

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:00 PM

I don't recall if you answered this question already, but seeing as I don't recall seeing one, I will ask it, "Is the SGM going to be available in an ADAM beige color case as well as the CV Black color case?".

Congrats on being one step closer to a release and more importantly, congrats on the latest addition to the family!

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:13 PM

I don't recall if you answered this question already, but seeing as I don't recall seeing one, I will ask it, "Is the SGM going to be available in an ADAM beige color case as well as the CV Black color case?".

Congrats on being one step closer to a release and more importantly, congrats on the latest addition to the family!


Nah, ... Just paint your ADAM in black :P ;)

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:16 PM

If you would keep a running tally of units left. I"m going to need to squeak in there before you sell out, but I don't want to miss it.

Also, and maybe not the thread for this, but can other Adam Data pack games be ported like Buck Rogers? I know it's common but the floppy and magnetic tapes are dying a slow death. It would be great to have all of those in cart form.

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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:34 PM

Payment sent! Can't wait for Dragon's Lair and Super Zaxxon on a cart!!!!




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