Retro Home Computers – Commodore 16
Additionally, Commodore president Jack Tramiel feared that one or more Japanese companies would introduce a consumer-oriented computer and undercut everyone’s prices. The VIC-20 was Commodore’s first pre-emptive strike; the C16 was the second.
Although the Japanese would soon dominate the U.S. video game console market, the feared dominance of the home computer field never materialized. Additionally, Timex, Mattel, and TI departed the market before the C16 was released.
It is interesting, however, to observe that in Europe, Sinclair continued to produce machines such as the ZX Spectrum that were vastly more popular than the C16/116 and Plus/4. One might argue that had Timex actively marketed the Sinclair ZX Spectrum family in the US, it would have enjoyed far greater market acceptance than the C16.
Above: Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The C16 was designed to compete against he likes of Timex Sinclair, which had pulled out of the market. Little software was written for the computer and along with low sales, the product was discontinued shortly after it’s release.