The Colecovision is arguably the most important console in the world (maybe even more overall than the Channel F) and it's basically a foot note these days.
Without the ColecoVision:
- We wouldn't have the NES as it is today since the ColecoVision was the bar Nintendo had set for the NES to pass.
- The NES may not have existed if Coleco Agreed to give Nintendo the right to distribute the System in japan.
- Is the reason why, through presentations, Atari pumped up the 5200.
- Is the main target the Atari 7800 was going to compete against.
- Was the system that separated the Intellvision/2600's/ofdyssey 2's from the Coleco/NES/7800/5200's back in the day before ignorance retroactively sent the system back to gen 2.
- Was basically completely cloned by Sega for the SG-1000
- Was also basically cloned for the Sega Master System outside of a stronger graphical prowess.
- Was the Console that influenced the design of the MSX which was basically a near copy of it, and would lead to the MSX2.
- Introduced Arcade and more realistic visuals (relatively) on a TV for the first time instead of odd vague shapes that mostly required imagination.
- Was the first console to have security against unathorized copies
- Expansion port
- Steering Wheel for Racers
And more that I am missing.
If there was a game console that you could point to as basically shaping the modern industry as we know it it would be literally the ColecoVision, not the Atari 2600. It basically spearheaded things that are most common (even Intellivison did some cool stuff like downloading games etc.) in games we see to this day. it basically set the standards for how games would look on TV and got of the experimental age. It has the presentation that the others didn't.
It's amazing how this system gets shafted as time passes and even when news comes out 'recently" through interviews from companies about how Coleco influenced them and change the game but they fall off into the sunset.