I grew up in Michigan (live in Tennessee now) and the only system my mother ever bought me was an Intellivision II. I had a friend who had an Atari and another who had an Nes so i still got to play other systems, but most of my time was playing the Intellivision. I can remember the all night gaming sessions playing NBA Basketball and Super Pro Basketball with a friend, and i can't remember how many other games. I had roughly 37 or so games for it. They all got sold at a Garage sale around maybe 93 or 94 i think. The controllers didn't work anymore and if i had known the internet age was around the corner i would of kept it. I was really clueless and thought i was out of luck forever. Never seen any Intellivisions at Garage Sales in the area and we went to a lot of them. Toys R US used to sell spare controllers but even they stopped selling them by then. I had some rare games like Diner, Super Pro Wrestling, Super Pro Decathlon. I just recently bought an Intellivision from a seller at another site and i am happy again. Now i just need to get some of those rare games back.
The first system i bought with my own money was a Genesis. So i was a Sega guy more than a Nintendo guy back then. I sold the Genesis to pay for a PS1, sold that to get a PS2 etc. Now i'm a Intellivision guy, a Sega guy, Nintendo guy and Atari guy. Just last year bought my first Atari and realized maybe i was wrong as a kid. Maybe the Intellivision wasn't that much better than the Atari after all. I'm really addicted to some Atari games i had never played before.
So right now i own an Intellivision II, Atari 2600, Nes, Snes, Genesis, Sega CDX, Power Base Converter, Gamecube, PS2, and a Sega Dreamcast. And i have no idea how i afford all this with my dead end job. I literally live check by check. At the moment i am gonna be late on a bill because i bought too much video games this month. lol
I'm feeling real nostalgic and had my mother dig up a couple of pictures i want to share. One is from Christmas 83 and one from Christmas 84. Enjoy