One more find from this stuff that I can't locate much info on (when I titled this thread "quick question" I knew it would end up a lie somehow )
The console registration card mentions that those who mail it in will receive a game catalog. I assume that's what these are. Were they available by any other means?
The Intellivision site has a 1982 catalog pictured which is mostly the same as mine (a different cover and a slightly different game list) but it gives no info about where or what it originates from.
Those mini catalogs came with every cartridge. Since 1981 is the earliest date I don't think the earliest cartridges from 1979-80 had them. The Canadian cartridges definitely did not come with catalogs. The mini catalogs are different than the full sized dealer catalogs. Some Intellivoice cartridges came with an Intellivoice game pamphlet rather than a catalog.
I think the ECS computer module not starting without a cartridge inserted is a bug with the firmware and not an error with the documentation. Since they can't fix the firmware they had to put it in the errata sheets.
Edited by mr_me, Fri Jul 6, 2018 4:37 AM.