Retro Game Consoles – Emerson Arcadia 2001


Emerson Arcadia 2001
1982-1983

Emerson Arcadia 2001 Retail Box

Above: Emerson Arcadia 2001 Retail Box

Background

The Emerson Arcadia 2001 game console is a second generation game console released towards the end of the second generation. The Emerson Arcadia 2001 was released by Emerson Radio Corp. though there are about 30 clones of the game console.

Emerson Arcadia 2001 Game Console

Above: Emerson Arcadia 2001 Game Console

The Emerson Arcadia 2001 is comparable in size and performance of many of its peers. One exception is that the Emerson Arcadia is powered with 12 volts, allowing it to be used in a car, van or even boat. This provided to be very helpful on those summervations away from the house.

Modern Controllers

Unlike many mondern day consoles, the Emerson Arcadia 2001 came with two controllers. They had the same layout as that of Intellivision. The controllers were more advanced than the first generation controllers in having five buttons: power, start, reset, option and select. You will notice that these buttons are veruy familiar to modern day controllers.

Dead on Arrival

The problem that the Emerson Arcadia 2001 faced were the same problems that many other companies faced. Atari had exclusive rights on all the games released for the Atari 2600 and 5200. This left most of the popular titles locked from their competitors like Emerson. As such, the console failed to release any major games that allowed it to compete. It was essentially dead on arrival.

Emerson Arcadia 2001 Graphics

Above: Emerson Arcadia 2001 graphics – Galagia rip off

Technically, the Emerson was well positioned. It used the Signetics 2650 processor running at 3.58 MHz and had 512KB of ram, whch was a lot for console of that generation. It’s display resolution was a mere 128 x 208 or 128 x 104 with eight colors. Sound was poor with no more than a simple beep sound found on PCs of the time.