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Some sites say Donkey Kong but it's because it's included with the console.

 

What was the best selling game for Colecovision in 1980's beside Donkey Kong?

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Here is a list compiled from going through my Electronic Games Magazine from back in the day.  For those who might not have been around back then, the magazine had an almost monthly list of the top games on cartridge.  The list was from across all platforms in the day (VCS, Intellivision, Odyssey2, Vectrex and Colecovision).  I don't have a complete set of issues, so there are some missing dates.

 

Issue            Game                                            Ranking

Jan 1983      Donkey Kong                                  13

Jan 1983      Venture                                          15

(Jan 1983 was the first appearance of games for the Colecovision)

 

Feb 1983      Donkey Kong                                  4

Feb 1983      Zaxxon                                          12

Feb 1983      Ladybug                                        15

 

April 1983    Donkey Kong                                  2

April 1983    Ladybug                                         3

April 1983    Venture                                          4

April 1983    Zaxxon                                           7

April 1983    Turbo                                             14

 

May 1983     Donkey Kong                                  2

May 1983     Ladybug                                         3

May 1983     Zaxxon                                           4

May 1983     Venture                                          6

May 1983     Turbo                                             9

 

June 1983    Donkey Kong                                  1

June 1983    Zaxxon                                          2

June 1983    Ladybug                                         3

June 1983    Venture                                         5

June 1983    Turbo                                             8

 

July 1983     Donkey Kong                                  2

July 1983     Zaxxon                                          3

July 1983     Ladybug                                        4

July 1983     Turbo                                             5

July 1983     Mousetrap                                     12

July 1983     Venture                                        13

 

Aug 1983     Donkey Kong                                 1

Aug 1983     Zaxxon                                         3

Aug 1983     Ladybug                                        4

Aug 1983     Turbo                                           8

Aug 1983     Venture                                         9

Aug 1983     Donkey Kong Jr.                            12

Aug 1983     Mousetrap                                    15

 

Sept 1983   Donkey Kong Jr.                             1

Sept 1983   Ladybug                                        2

Sept 1983   Donkey Kong                                 3

Sept 1983   Zaxxon                                         7

Sept 1983   Venture                                        11

Sept 1983   Turbo                                           12

 

Nov 1983    Donkey Kong Jr.                             1

Nov 1983    Zaxxon                                         2

Nov 1983    Donkey Kong                                 4

Nov 1983    Ladybug                                        8

Nov 1983    Turbo                                            11

Nov 1983    Pepper II                                       14

Nov 1983    Venture                                         15

 

Jan 1984    Donkey Kong Jr.                              1

Jan 1984    Miner 2049er                                  3

Jan 1984    Zaxxon                                           6

Jan 1984    Ladybug                                         7

Jan 1984    Donkey Kong                                  9

 

Feb 1985    Mr. Do                                           4

Feb 1985    Super Action Baseball                     5

 

Going back and looking at these issues, it wasn't much of a surprise to see the best carts.  The Colecovision was the best way to experience the arcade at home back then.  Therefore, arcade ports were usually the best selling games.   From looking at the list of best games, it is also easy to see the genius in having Donkey Kong as the pack in game.

 

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5 minutes ago, Loafer said:

looks like your attachment didn't make it through rxmage

Had trouble.  It is now edited. 

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The magazine generally listed only the top 15 game carts across all of the platforms.  If the Colecovision hadn't been competing against all of the other platforms, I am sure we would have seen Frenzy, Gorf, Space Fury, Looping, Q*bert, Popeye and Smurfs along with many others on the list.  One comment about Smurfs; while it wasn't the best gameplay, it had the most incredible graphics.  For the time period, it was truly impressive.

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1 hour ago, rxmage said:

The magazine generally listed only the top 15 game carts across all of the platforms.  If the Colecovision hadn't been competing against all of the other platforms, I am sure we would have seen Frenzy, Gorf, Space Fury, Looping, Q*bert, Popeye and Smurfs along with many others on the list.  One comment about Smurfs; while it wasn't the best gameplay, it had the most incredible graphics.  For the time period, it was truly impressive.

That makes sense now why Donkey Kong is on the list.

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