VGT – Playing Atari On My Colecovision

I mentioned in my previous post about the Colecovision, that when I purchased it, I received a bonus.  That bonus was an expansion module that allows me to play Atari 2600 games on my Colecovision.  Why would I want to do it?  That is a good question.  I already have an Atari 2600 that was given to me by a friend.  But now I don’t have to unplug my Colecovision from the TV and then set up my Atari!  Instead, I plug in the large awkward expansion module and then start playing River Raid with less fuss!

Expansion Power!

Expansion Power!

Why did Colecovision build such an expansion?  For one, it gave them the ability to truthfully claim that they had the largest game library of all the systems at the time.  It is amazing to me that they were able to build the expansion module (and later the Gemini) using “off the shelf” parts which prevented Atari from any legal recourse.  It is perhaps even more incredible that it still works today, almost thirty years later.

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Swordquest – Fireworld on the Expansion Module

The third party Atari joystick that came with my purchase does not work well, but I have several authentic Atari joysticks – and there is always the Genesis joypad.  I can’t say whether the Expansion Module worked better than an original Atari 2600 but it certainly worked the same.  I wonder what the cost was like back then?  Did a person actually save money by purchasing the Expansion Module?  I would guess that if was cheaper it was only marginally less.  But there is such a cool nerd factor in having one system’s games play on another.  That is just not supposed to happen right?  But I love that stuff.  I remember back in the mid 90’s when I connected a Gameboy expansion to my Super Nintendo – and then plugged my Super Nintendo into the TV card installed on my Pentium computer – and it worked.  I thought I was the coolest guy around – playing Gameboy games on my computer monitor.  It’s amazing that I’ve ever had a girlfriend, or even convinced a woman to marry me.

But wait, there's more!

But wait, there’s more!

The final bonus of my Colecovision purchase was that I actually received not one but TWO of them.  The second one seems to be fully functional except for the power adapter.  The controllers don’t seem to work perfectly but I hope to repair them with a good cleaning.  It just means more fun playing around with my childhood dream, the Colecovision!  Thanks for letting me share it with you.

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