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I think it looks super-cool, but what's the build quality like? Are there any games it can't play?

 

 

I'd like to pick up some kind of 2600, since my 7800 wont play everything. I'd love to get a Heavy-Sixer (wouldn't we all?) but I figure that's not likely to happen since demand/price is so high for those.

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A common problem with Coleco Geminis is that the solder on the switches and ports crack overtime, causing them to have a loose connection. This is because Coleco used cheap solder during the manufacturing process. If you know how to solder, than reflowing solder on the cracked areas is not hard. As for everything else with the console, I've never had a problem with it. In terms of compatability, every 2600 game I've tried works on the Gemini, although I've yet to try homebrew on it.

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While I currently don't have any vintage hardware set-up, in the past, I used a Gemini more than any other console simply because of its small size. I too had no problems with incompatible games. 

 

I do have the original controllers, but I used the standard Atari joysticks with the Gemini.  

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7 hours ago, The Mr. Video said:

A common problem with Coleco Geminis is that the solder on the switches and ports crack overtime, causing them to have a loose connection. This is because Coleco used cheap solder during the manufacturing process. If you know how to solder, than reflowing solder on the cracked areas is not hard.

Another part of the problem is that the Gemini has a cheapo single-sided PCB so any switch or port is even more susceptible to solder joint failure.

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I've got no tech skills anyway, so I'd have to send anything off for repair.

 

Guess its back to the drawing board. :(

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The Gemini is a cool little system, but chances are you'll have to do some minor repairs or solder touch-ups. Coleco is infamous for the cheap build quality of their products (see also: Colecovision power switches; chintzy Telstar systems that had you apply the labels yourself; the alarmingly high number of defective ADAM computers at its release). The case is also a little bit on the fragile side, IMO.

 

The other thing to note with the Gemini is that, unlike the other "combo controller system," the Sears Video Arcade II, it has only two controller jacks. So if you want to use the Gemini controllers for paddle games, you will need a Y-splitter for additional players, or if the game uses the other paddle. Of course, you can also use regular Atari paddles instead. 🙂

 

Also, IIRC, the Gemini labeled the difficulty settings in the reverse of what they are on Atari and Sears systems. Difficulty B (or Novice on the Sears) is "A" on the Gemini, and Difficulty A (Expert) is "B."

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The Gemini was the first 2600 style system we had back in the early 80's and we played it ALOT.  It's a really good system and I actually prefer the controller over a standard 2600 controller, but that's just me being used to playing with one. Plus the controller has both a stick and paddle all in one.  I still have the system and it still works.

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21 hours ago, BassGuitari said:

Also, IIRC, the Gemini labeled the difficulty settings in the reverse of what they are on Atari and Sears systems. Difficulty B (or Novice on the Sears) is "A" on the Gemini, and Difficulty A (Expert) is "B."

You're right. Here's an excerpt from the "Berenstain Bears" game manual mentioning this "feature":

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FWIW, I have never seen Venture as a pack-in game -- it is usually Donkey Kong or (sometimes) Mouse Trap. If it is the original pack-in cartridge, there will be a round sticker on the back indicating that it cannot be returned (or something like that).

 

I would certainly use the console (if I did not already own one, that is). I seriously doubt that there are enough collectors wanting a Gemini to make it significantly appreciate in value.  

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I thought it was odd when he told me Venture was the game packed in it. I'll patiently wait for it to arrive. I didn't figure it to be worth the $2k a few are asking on ebay but I'm hoping it is all there and one more check off my list. I did see that sticker on some ebay games. 

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We had a Gemini ages ago -- my parents got it as a replacement for the 2600.

 

I wonder if I still have it packed in a box somewhere...

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OK, it arrived today. it has never been used. It has a Venture game(no round sticker) with it and a Venture booklet which was under the console. I do believe it was the game packed with it because the Venture booklet has Gemini instructions inside. Since it is new I don’t have the heart to play it. It also included a WYE connector and two game cables. Serial number 004502. I have no idea how many were made but I’m pretty ecstatic. 20D1E3C7-5573-4A14-A878-DB110582C006.thumb.jpeg.ba8faa72889813fd5f4a51ff0e9db60f.jpeg

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17 hours ago, DidSomeoneSayAtari? said:

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It's strange for me to see an old game system in its original packaging because I always get my retro games used, but a treat nonetheless.

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