[Coladam] More Colecovision II comments and suggestions

Jim Notini jnoti2 at comcast.net
Thu Oct 25 23:56:19 CEST 2012

Good old Wikipedia... there were 6 million ColecoVision sold worldwide. 
Also, there were roughly 950,000 ADAM Computers that were MADE... don't know 
how many were actually completely packaged up into those huge ADAM boxes 
that everyone loves to talk about. Out of this number of ADAM Computers, 
there is no idea of how many were the Stand-Alone ADAM with built-in 
ColecoVision and how many were the Expansion Module #3 ADAM.

For discussion sake, let's say that less than half of the 950,000 number 
were the Expansion Module #3 variety, which would put the Stand-Alone number 
of ADAM's at 500,000 or more.

So, 6 million CVs and 500,000 Stand-Alone ADAMs equals 6.5 million 
ColecoVision compatible systems, then add in the clones like the Dina 
(Personal Arcade, SpliceVision, etc.) and computers that had expansion units 
that allowed them to play ColecoVision carts and probably the total number 
would be close to 7 million.

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Subject: [Coladam] More Colecovision II comments and suggestions

The Colecovision first came out in 1982 and then was discontinued by October 
1985. Total amount of Colecovisions sold is estimated to be over 2 million 
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In 1986 a lower quality Colecovision clone called the Telegames Personal 
Arcade was sold. The problem with the Telegames Personal Arcade is that it 
was not compatible with some Colecovision cartridge games and it lacked the 
expansion module slot. It is estimated that several thousands of consules 
were sold but that has not been verified.
Its been 30 years since the Colecovision first came out in 1982. Out of 2 
million Colecovisions sold perhaps only 1% are still being used. If 1% of 
people are still using their Colecovision then that would mean there are 
currently 20,000 active users of the Colecovison console with perhaps many 
more using a PC Colecovision emulator (how many thousands of Colecovision 
emulators have been downloaded?).
            So I believe that if a Colecovision II existed within the next 
2-3 years that a minimum of 10,000 consules could be sold if it did 
everything the old Colecovision did (including the front expansion slot) and 
offered a HDMI output with standard composite video output. A small company 
could start off by running off 500 Colecovsion II’s at a time and then once 
those are sold then another 500 could be made. Until one day perhaps 10,000 
are sold after a few years.
Maybe no one is interested in making that many Colelecovision II’s and would 
only want a limited run of 200. The problem with a limited run of 200 is 
that it would not meet the demand.

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