Page 2: Platforms

Game Master


The Hartung Game Master is a monochrome handheld gaming machine that was marketed under different names, including the Systema 2000 and Super Game.



The Gamate, also known as the "Super Boy" in Taiwan, is a handheld platform originally manufactured in 1990.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System


The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was the second home console released by Nintendo.

Game Gear


Sega's first hand held video game system. It was the portable version of the Master System.

Neo Geo


The Neo Geo was a console released by SNK in 1990, featuring a 16/32-bit 68000 CPU with an additional 8-bit Z80 CPU and custom 24-bit GPU chipset. An arcade-based console considerably powerful for a home system at the time, the Neo Geo was ...

SAM Coupé


The SAM Coupé could partially emulate the ZX Spectrum, but also ran some games of its own.



This upgraded PC-Engine was released in Japan in 1989. Few exclusive titles for the system were ever released.

Atari Lynx


Atari's 1989 color, backlit handheld console

Game Boy


Nintendo's first handheld gaming console was immensely popular among gamers, selling millions. Despite its grayscale color scheme, it still got support from developers and publishers.

FM Towns


A proprietary 32-bit computer from Fujitsu, released in 1989 only in Japan. The first computer with a standard CD-ROM drive, it had many CD enhanced versions of Eastern and Western games (including action, adventure and RPG titles) which ar...

View-Master Interactive Vision


The View-Master Interactive Vision is a VHS-based platform designed to play a small handful of Sesame Street and other edutainment-based games.

VTech Socrates


The VTech Socrates was originally released in 1988.



NEC's CD-ROM add-on for its PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 console. Originally released as the PC Engine CD-ROM² in Japan in 1988, this was the first system to use the CD-ROM format. It would later be released in North America as the TurboGrafx...



After the cult success of their 8-bit Master System, Sega decided to give gamers a taste of their arcade capabilities with a 16-bit console. Known worldwide as the Mega Drive but called Genesis in the US, it provided graphics and sound a co...



The TurboGrafx-16, or PC Engine, is a console that was marketed as the first 16-bit console. It was for some time the market leader in Japan, but failed to capture a large market share in North America. It was best known for featuring the f...

Acorn Archimedes


The Acorn Archimedes was a range of personal computers from Acorn Computers aimed at both educational and home use. It featured a 32-bit ARM processor and the RISC OS operating system.

Sharp X68000


The Sharp X68000 is a 16/32-bit Japanese computer platform that was originally released in 1987. It was the first home system to offer arcade-quality graphics, serving as the development machine for the Capcom CPS arcade system over the nex...

Action Max


Worlds of Wonder created this VCR-based console in 1987.

Apple IIgs


The Apple ][gs - which stood for "Graphics and Sound" - was Apple's upgraded version of the popular Apple ][ line of computers. The system was capable of playing standard Apple ][ games, as well as games made specifically for the GS.

Atari 7800


The third console released by Atari, and successor to the Atari 5200. It features backwards compatibility with the Atari 2600.

Sega Master System


The 8-bit Master System, while not embraced by a large audience in the US and Japan, was a major success in Europe and South America, and it remains an important and entertaining console that laid the foundation for generations of future co...

Amstrad PCW


Amstrad's PCW was primarily built as a word processor that was cheaper than the other computers offered at the time. Some games were also made available for the platform.



The Amiga was a personal computer from Commodore that was released in a variety of different configurations.

Atari ST


Atari's 16-bit computer line was one of the most popular computers in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Commodore 128


The Commodore 128 is the successor to the extremely popular Commodore 64 computer. The Commodore 128 is the last 8-bit computer produced by Commodore Business Machines.

RDI Halcyon


The RDI Halcyon was a short-lived laserdisc-based game platform. Only two games were properly released for the system. It was the most expensive video game console ever released, retailing at $2,500.

Commodore 16


Commodore's successor to the VIC-20 that never sold well.

Super Cassette Vision


Epoch's follow-up to the Cassette Vision was released in 1984.

Amstrad CPC


The Amstrad CPC (Colour Personal Computer) was a series of 8-bit personal computers developed by Amstrad between 1984 and 1990. During its lifetime, approximately 3 million CPCs were sold.

Hitachi S1


The Hitachi S1 is a home computer that was primarily sold in Japan, but also in parts of Australia. It used proprietary 5.25" floppy disks.

Epoch Game Pocket Computer


The Epoch Game Pocket Computer was released in Japan in 1984. It features a 75x64 resolution LCD screen with two built-in games. Only five other game cartridges were released.



The Macintosh (Mac) line of personal computers is designed and developed by Apple, Inc. - formerly Apple Computer, Inc. It runs macOS, a Unix operating system. Its current version, macOS 13.4 "Ventura" was released on May 18, 2023.

Casio PV-1000


The Casio PV-1000 was released in Japan in 1983. Only 15 games were produced.

Gakken Compact Vision TV Boy


The Compact Vision TV Boy is a game console developed by Gakken in 1983. Only six games were released.

Coleco Adam


The Coleco Adam is a standalone home computer as well as an expansion module released for the ColecoVision in October 1983. Several games were released that required an Adam-compatible devices.

Famicom Disk System


The Famicom Disk System was an add-on accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System's Japanese counterpart. With its games coming on a floppy disk-like medium, many of its releases saw conversions to cartridges both overseas and within Ja...

Nintendo Entertainment System


The NES, also known as Famicom, launched in 1983 in Japan and 1985 in North America, where the video game industry was headed downhill due to a deluge of poor games and over-saturation. Nintendo's second home console became an enormous succ...

Sega SG-1000


Sega's first foray into home game consoles. Released in 1983 alongside its rival, the Famicom, the SG-1000 is an early third-generation home console and did not receive a worldwide release. It was later succeeded by the Sega Mark III, bette...

Bandai RX-78


The Bandai RX-78 is a home computer that was released in July 1983 in Japan for ¥59,800.



MSX is a standardized home computer architecture. It was popular in Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Netherlands, France, Spain, Finland, Arabian Gulf countries and former Soviet Union during the 1980s. Like the PC of today, the MSX computers we...



Aquarius is a home computer made by Mattel. Released in June 1983, it was discontinued only a few months later in October 1983.

Casio PV-2000


The Casio PV-2000 was a gaming computer released by Casio in Japan in 1983. Only eleven games were released in its lifetime, and it is not compatible with Casio PV-1000 games.

Mitsubishi Multi 8


The Mitsubishi Multi 8 is a home computer released in Japan in 1983. Several cartridge-based games were released for it.

Memotech MTX


The Memotech MTX is a series of British-developed home computers released in 1983 and 1984.

Sony SMC-777


Many of Sony's SMC series of machines came with built-in genlocks for video production use, but games were also released on some of the different variants. It is also the first computer to utilize 3.5" diskettes.

Tomy Tutor


Tomy released the Tutor computer in 1982. It was primarily known in Japan, where it was launched as the Tomy Pyuuta.

VTech CreatiVision


A hybrid personal computer and video game console released in 1982.



The Vectrex was a short lived home video game system that used Vector graphics. It is often considered as one of the first home video gaming systems.

Atari 5200


The Atari 5200 Supersystem was released in 1982, as a followup to the successful VCS/Atari 2600.

Adventure Vision


The Adventure Vision is a handheld video game console developed by Entex Industries in 1982.



The second in Fujitsu's FM line of computers, the FM-7 was intended more for the mass market, and received fair popularity in Japan.

NEC PC-9801


A 16/32-bit Japanese personal computer system launched by NEC in 1982. It was the most successful computer platform in Japan and one of the best-selling computer systems of the 20th century. It has a very large video game library with thous...



Oric was a series of computers produced by Tangerine Computer Systems between 1981 and 1986.

Commodore 64


The Commodore 64 personal computer dominated the market from 1983-1985, and stands as one of the best-selling personal computers of all time.



The ColecoVision came out in 1982 and had a successful run as the Atari 5200's competitor until 1984.

Dragon 32/64


The Dragon 32 and Dragon 64 is to date the only computer to be made in Wales, UK. The companies short history spanned only August 1982 - June 1984.

Sord M5


The Sord M5 is a home computer produced by the Sord Corporation in 1982.

ZX Spectrum


The ZX Spectrum is one of the most popular European computers of all time. Its software library is enormous and its fame in Europe rivals the Commodore 64 in the US.

Arcadia 2001


Arcadia 2001 is an 8-bit console made by Emerson.



The MicroBee line of computers started with the release of a mail-order kit computer in 1982.

Sharp X1


The first in Sharp's X line of computers. It was the successor to the Sharp MZ, and was in turn succeeded by the Sharp X68000.

NEC PC-6001


The first in NEC's PC-6000 line of computers.

BBC Micro


Designed and built by Acorn Computers in 1981 as part of the BBC's Computer Literacy Project, the BBC Microcomputer System was notable for its rugged build quality, expandability and feature set. Several notable British developers started o...



The PC (Personal Computer) is a highly configurable and upgradable gaming platform that, among home systems, sports the widest variety of control methods, largest library of games, and cutting edge graphics and sound capabilities.

Epoch Cassette Vision


A cartridge-based system released in Japan in 1981.



A home computer created by Texas Instruments and released in 1981. It was the first home console to feature a 16-bit processor and included a prototype plug-and-play serial bus similar to what would become known as USB.

Entex Select-A-Game


Entex's Select-A-Game is a handheld console that was released in 1981. Only six games were officially released before it was discontinued.

NEC PC-8801


This NEC computer was released in 1981 and is more commonly referred to as the PC-88.

TRS-80 CoCo


The Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer, affectionatly nicknamed CoCo, was a home computer launched in 1980. It had limited video and sound capabilites compared to its rivals, but was easy to program for and was produced in various incarnations unt...



The TRS-80 was a very popular early microcomputer with standout features such as a full keyboard, included monitor, impressive floating point BASIC programming language, and a $600 pricepoint.



An 8-bit computer produced by Commodore Electronics Ltd. Also known as the VIC-1001, it was the first microcomputer to sell one million units.



The Intellivision by Mattel Electronics was a system known for its unique controllers and cutting-edge graphics in the early 1980s, but it was ultimately overshadowed by the technically less powerful, Atari 2600.

Atari 8-bit


A line of 8-bit computers produced by Atari, Inc. from 1979 to 1992.



The first gaming handheld, Surpisingly big but extremely rare.

Odyssey 2


The Odyssey 2 was Magnavox's second console, which competed with the Atari 2600 and Fairchild Channel F.

APF MP-1000


The APF MP-1000 is an 8-bit console released by APF Electronics in 1978.

Luxor ABC80


The Advanced BASIC Computer line was created in 1978 with the release of the ABC80, a joint venture between Luxor AB, DIAB and Scandia Metric.

Sharp MZ


The Sharp MZ is a home computer that was first released in the late 1970s. It was one of the first home computers to play video games.

Interton VC 4000


The Interton Video Computer 4000 is an 8-bit console released in Europe (primarily Germany) in 1978. Around forty "cassettes" were released for the system.

Atari 2600


The Atari 2600 is one of the first home game consoles, and one of the most successful at the time. Though it could be seen as the Grandfather of Consoles, it was also nearly the Grim Reaper, contributing to the industry collapse years later...

Commodore PET/CBM


The PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) was a home-/personal computer produced by Commodore starting in 1977.

Apple II


Introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire in 1977, the Apple II was the first mass produced microcomputer on the market, becoming very popular in classrooms throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Somewhere between five and six million Apple II s...

Bally Astrocade


The Astrocade is a cartridge-based video game system that competed directly with the Atari 2600 in the late 1970s.

RCA Studio II


Considered by many to be one of the worst video game consoles ever released, the RCA Studio II featured monochrome graphics, number pad controllers, and single channel sound.

Channel F


The Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later called the Fairchild Channel F, was the first video game console to feature a microprocessor, interchangeable game cartridges, and detachable controllers.



The Smaky (SMArt KeYboard) is a series of computers developed in Switzerland beginning in 1974.



The Magnavox Odyssey was the first home video game console.



Stand-alone machines specialized for individual games. Arcades began the game industry and peaked in popularity before home consoles took over the gaming public. Arcade games usually cost 25 cents, or 100 yen, per play. Known for the most c...



PLATO stands for Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations. Mainly used for assisting in instruction and offering coursework originally built by the University of Illinois.



In a pinball machine the player is in control of two or more "flippers" (small movable bars) that are used to shoot a metal ball against different physical targets inside the machine.

Intellivision Amico


A console that's intended to be a reimagining of the Intellivision brand.



The M2 was a console developed by The 3DO Company. It was originally intended to be an add-on to the 3DO console, but later transitioned into a full-on successor before Panasonic (Matsushita) canceled the project in 1997. The hardware was l...

Nintendo Next Gaming System


The successor to the Nintendo Switch.