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  1. I have the same exact version of the CreatiVision, also with Tennis game included. Mine has the "New!" sticker over the artwork, in order to "hide" the "Crazy Pucker" game art. And mine lacks the Chinese band. But I have a similar version with no "New!" sticker, but having the Chinese one. In that case, the pack-in game is "Crazy Chicky". It' quite an early release inbetween the first (with "Crazy Pucker") and the third, with no pack-in game. Photos here: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/harditem.php?id=42 (earlier) http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/harditem.php?id=40 (later) High-resolution photos of your console box would be very precious for the CreatiVision project.
  2. I have recently updated a few Simulators of the G&W DK series, so why not trying the latest versions (for free as usual) ? :-) Same old popular url: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/sim/ There you'll find: - DK (multi screen, the orange one) - DK II (multi screen, the brown one, soon to be updated) - DK Jr. (tabletop by Coleco/Nintendo) - DK Jr. (tabletop by Nintendo, soon to be updated) - DK Jr. (panorama by Nintendo) And the Coleco licensed version: - DK (tabletop by Nintendo, unreleased as GW) The released simulators are 59 in total.
  3. Well would you like to know what makes the real difference between CreatiVision games and other games of the same era? You would say "the graphics" or "the 4-voices sound" but well... you would be just partially right! The real nice thing is the 2-Players-simultaneously modes in most games! There are a few games turning out to be surprisingly funny in 2-Players mode. Sonic Invader sports well 32 game modes, that's all the possible combinations of 1, 2 and 4 players, easy, hard, with visible/invisible aliens, versus, cooperative, etc. In 2009 we had a Sonic Invader tournament at the Video Games History expo in Italy, and people had lots of fun playing in 2P-versus mode (score as many points as possible in 1 minute, against an opponent). This year at Milan Games Week, also in Italy, I had brought my CreatiVision with me at the fair, and exposed it at the "Retro" pavilion. The game was Crazy Pucker (Pacman clone). Beside of it, there was an Atari 2600 and an Intellivision, both playing Pacman. Guess which console was the most played? Obviously the CreatiVision, because you could play with 2 players simultaneously, both as cooperative mode (single score) or "versus" (challenge your friend for the highest score). The console played about 6-7 hours continuously... around 6PM it was starting to display graphic glitches and odd behavour due to overheating
  4. The video chip of CreatiVision and Colecovision works with 16 KB RAM. I am unsure if there are any computers using the same VDP (TMS 9918/9928/9929) with less memory than that. But I'm likely to believe that's the standard. The CreatiVision was officially released at the end of 1981, but I am reasonably sure that it actually hit the shelves in the very early months of 1982. I have dumped several EPROMs and have noticed the production dates. Never found any EPROM being produced before 1982. Sorry I can't be more precise than this. Not easy getting information on the hardware production dates.
  5. The unit on Ebay Australia is not even working properly. It has serious problems with the joysticks and keyboard. Also, from my 15-years experience collecting CreatiVision, it's quite hard to fix joysticks and keyboard. CreatiVision is rare, but they pop up on Ebay from time to time. Anyway it's not less powerful than the Colecovision. The hardware is exactly the same (same video, audio an memory), the only difference is the CPU: 6502 on the CreatiVision, Z80 on the Colecovision. Rumurs say that the Colecovision was engineered by Coleco, after seeing the prototype of the CreatiVision - which they refused to buy and distribute. This is the reason why the two machines hit the market almost simultaneously (CreatiVision 6 months earlier) and have almost the same hardware.
  6. Did I ever mention the newly released "Multirom" cartridge for VTech CreatiVision (aka Dick Smith Wizzard), by the guys at TrevisoRC? To date, 25 copies only were made, half of which sold already. http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/multirom.php
  7. sorry the link points to a list of items. the item n. 201224761028 apparently is a c64 game, "usagi yojimbo"
  8. Indeed it is a great price. Also, consider that I fully restored it, added the sockets and the composite video output. It's 100% working guaranteed. How many Rameses out there in such a great shape? :-)
  9. And oh, this is a video of the actual console, with the composite video output active PS: the "stripe" you see is due to my cellphone camera.
  10. And oh, this is a video of the actual console, with the composite video output active PS: the "stripe" you see is due to my cellphone camera.
  11. And oh, this is a video of the actual console, with the composite video output active PS: the "stripe" you see is due to my cellphone camera.
  12. I am selling a "Rameses" console on Ebay. Most collectors know what I'm speaking about. For the others, full information here: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/history.php ---> LINK TO THE AUCTION: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141439587768 I know it's expensive, but it's well worth the money - I have seen it on Ebay just a couple of times in the past 8 years. Bid with confidence. I'm a 100% reliable and trusted seller - probably the largest CreatiVision collector in the world. Will post worldwide, no problem. :-)
  13. I am selling the mega-rare "Rameses" console. ---> LINK TO THE AUCTION: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141439587768 I know it's expensive, but it's well worth the money - I have seen it on Ebay just a couple of times in the past 8 years. Bid with confidence. I'm a 100% reliable and trusted seller - probably the largest CreatiVision collector in the world. Will post worldwide, no problem.
  14. I am selling the mega-rare "Rameses" console - ultra rare variant of the (yet rare itself!) CreatiVision. Most collectors know what I'm speaking about. For the others, full information here: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/history.php ---> LINK TO THE AUCTION: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141439587768 I know it's expensive, but it's well worth the money - I have seen it on Ebay just a couple of times in the past 8 years. Bid with confidence. I'm a 100% reliable and trusted seller - probably the largest CreatiVision collector in the world. Will post worldwide, no problem.
  15. Brand new multi-cart for the VTech CreatiVision - made in Italy by the guys at Treviso RC. Very similar to the one I produced in 2007, but with different featured ROM programs. I have 1 copy. It's very well made and it works fine. Colour manual is also included in Italian and English. URL: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/multirom.php
  16. More and more obscure and rare stuff surfaced this month, and a brand new homebrew cartridge! Today I'm adding pictures, scans and information on South African pressings, Salora Manager and Fellow peripherals, newly discovered articles from old magazines, and much more... This is the list of news: I'm happy to announce that the guys at Treviso RC have finally released their long-awaited multicart, named Multirom. It's a cartridge featuring 31 ROM programs that's the full set of official games plus hacks, homebrew programs, diagnostics and demos. Please read te full story and pre-order your copy on the Multirom page! The new files were also added: Articles: A generalist Italian magazine named Video featuring a nice article on videogames. Thanks to Mauro Spadazzi for sending the scans: - I Videogiochi (Video, Annuario'84) Releases/Hardware: New entries, pictures and scans of the following items. Thanks go to Manu Parssinen, Dieter Koenig and Jarkko Pitajamaki: - Cassette Storage Module, CreatiVision version (Italian box, new pictures pack) - 16Kb expansion module, Dick Smith Wizzard version (manual, new pictures pack) - Colecovision module, Salora Manager version (box, manual, new pictures pack) - Floppy disk controller, Salora Manager version (pictures pack) - Datassette, Salora Fellow/Manager version (pictures pack) Releases/Software: New pictures and scans got by generous old and new contributors - Anders Carlsson, Sprazzi, Jarkko Pitajamaki and Gary Petzer: - Air/Sea Attack, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Auto Chase, CreatiVision version (South African box and manual) - Chopper Rescue, Laser 2001 version (cartridge) - Crazy Chicky, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Crazy Chicky, CreatiVision version (Italian 8-pages manual) - Planet Defender, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Planet Defender, Laser 2001 version (cartridge) - Police Jump, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Police Jump, Laser 2001 version (cartridge) - Sonic Invader, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Tank Attack, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Tennis, CreatiVision version (South African box) - Tennis, Laser 2001 version (cartridge) I am also adding a very nice finding on cassette tape: - Demo Tape, CreatiVision version (South African box, tape and recording to WAV) Last but not least, I wish to thank Kevin Gallery for providing very high quality scans of the console datasheets, which are now available for download in a brand new area: Datasheets. URL: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/news.php
  17. A quick update: the zipped archive has been updated. The sold items were marked in red, and there are nice additions for Atari 8-bit computers, C64, Vic20, Spectrum, ZX80. Please get the new file Thanks!
  18. A quick update: the zipped archive has been updated. The sold items were marked in red, and there are nice additions for Atari 8-bit computers, C64, Vic20, Spectrum, ZX80. Please get the new file Thanks!
  19. A quick update: the zipped archive has been updated. The sold items were marked in red, and there are nice additions for Atari 8-bit computers, C64, Vic20, Spectrum, ZX80. Please get the new file Thanks!
  20. A quick update: the zipped archive has been updated. The sold items were marked in red, and there are nice additions for Atari 8-bit computers, C64, Vic20, Spectrum, ZX80. Please get the new file Thanks!
  21. Hello! I am very soon moving abroad for a living. so the time has come for me to sell most of my collection. Everything is on sale, except my "main" CreatiVision stuff, which I'm keeping jealously. :-) What I am selling: - Atari 2600 - Intellivision - Colecovision - Videopac - CreatiVision (duplicates only) - handheld electronic games and tabletops - miscellaneous consoles - Italian videogames magazines (contact me for a full list, incl. TGM, HC, EG, etc.) - a few German magazines with articles on CreatiVision Everything must go before the end of October. Some items are VERY RARE, some other items are worth next to zero. I have set up a list of stuff, with also pictures, and prices. We can discuss on prices, I'm open to suggestions. The list is here, and it includes a set of pictures of each item on sale: http://www.madrigald...y/saleslist.zip Be the first one who makes a good offer, and you have a deal. Or, in case you're not interested in the stuff, please spend a minute to spread the voice to your friends. Thanks much for your attention :-) PS: I will make separate posts/threads with all the pictures equally divided Attached pictures: * Atari computer: Aufgepasst (aka Concentraction), Italian release, extremely rare * Atari computer: Boccone (aka Gulp!), Italian release * Commodore 64: Music Composer * Sinclair ZX-80: Data Base * Sinclair Spectrum: Aspect Assembler Editor * Sinclair Spectrum: Horace Goes Skiing * Sinclair Spectrum: Music 1 * Sinclair Spectrum: Spectres * Sinclair Spectrum: Vu-3D (still sealed) * Sinclair Spectrum: Italian book "Ai Confini dello Spectrum" + demo tape
  22. I have put all of my CreatiVision duplicates on sale now. Read the full story here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/229680-my-collection-on-sale-part-2-creativision/ There's also a link to a zipped archive with lists, prices and pictures of items on sale. PS: I'm also open to trades. Interested in CreatiVision stuff only though.
  23. I have put all of my CreatiVision duplicates on sale now. Read the full story here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/229680-my-collection-on-sale-part-2-creativision/ There's also a link to a zipped archive with lists, prices and pictures of items on sale. PS: I'm also open to trades. Interested in CreatiVision stuff only though.
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