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Coleco Gemini

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Alt-Name NA
Release Type: Unofficial Release
Developer(s): Coleco
Publisher(s): Coleco
Platform: Atari 2600 (VCS) Hardware
Genre: NA
Rating: NA
Item Number: NA
Barcode: 07693002510
Release Date: 1982
Description: In 1982, Coleco released Expansion Module #1 for its ColecoVision video game system using off-the-shelf components, that enabled the ColecoVision to be compatible with the Atari 2600. Atari sued Coleco for patent infringement, however a court ruled that since Coleco used off-the-shelf components and not the same components found inside an Atari 2600, the Expansion Module #1 did not infringe on Atari's patents for the 2600. With this ruling, Coleco decided to make a stand-alone Atari 2600 clone and named it the Gemini.
The main difference between the Coleco Gemini and the Atari 2600 is the controller design. The Coleco Gemini controllers featured an 8-way joystick and a 270-degree paddle on the same controller (the joystick was at the top of the controller, and the paddle was at the bottom of the controller). To play paddle games, a Y-connector was used to connect two controllers to the controller jack at the same time.

The Gemini was much more compact than the large faux-woodgrain consoles sold by Atari at the time. The small design of the Gemini may have inspired the sleek design of the re-released 2600 in the late 1980s. The Gemini also had a more alluring game offering included with the system. Atari was still including the venerable Combat game released in 1977. The Gemini most commonly included the ever-popular Donkey Kong, but at some point also included Carnival and Mouse Trap. Sears also offered a version of the Gemini with both Donkey Kong and Mouse Trap included as separate cartridges.

Coleco struck a deal with Columbia House to start a video game club similar to its record club. Columbia sold the Coleco Gemini as the Columbia Home Arcade through the Columbia House Video Game Club. In Canada, CBS Electronics sold the Gemini under the Columbia Home Arcade name.
Box Text: Video Game System
Uses Game Cartridges Made For The Atari 2600 VCS
Date User Field Value
02-25-2014 htimreimer Description In 1982, Coleco released Expansion Module #1 for its ColecoVision video game system using off-the-shelf components, that enabled the ColecoVision to be compatible with the Atari 2600. Atari sued Coleco for patent infringement, however a court ruled that since Coleco used off-the-shelf components and not the same components found inside an Atari 2600, the Expansion Module #1 did not infringe on Atari's patents for the 2600. With this ruling, Coleco decided to make a stand-alone Atari 2600 clone and named it the Gemini. The main difference between the Coleco Gemini and the Atari 2600 is the controller design. The Coleco Gemini controllers featured an 8-way joystick and a 270-degree paddle on the same controller (the joystick was at the top of the controller, and the paddle was at the bottom of the controller). To play paddle games, a Y-connector was used to connect two controllers to the controller jack at the same time. The Gemini was much more compact than the large faux-woodgrain consoles sold by Atari at the time. The small design of the Gemini may have inspired the sleek design of the re-released 2600 in the late 1980s. The Gemini also had a more alluring game offering included with the system. Atari was still including the venerable Combat game released in 1977. The Gemini most commonly included the ever-popular Donkey Kong, but at some point also included Carnival and Mouse Trap. Sears also offered a version of the Gemini with both Donkey Kong and Mouse Trap included as separate cartridges. Coleco struck a deal with Columbia House to start a video game club similar to its record club. Columbia sold the Coleco Gemini as the Columbia Home Arcade through the Columbia House Video Game Club. In Canada, CBS Electronics sold the Gemini under the Columbia Home Arcade name.
02-25-2014 htimreimer Box Text Video Game System Uses Game Cartridges Made For The Atari 2600 VCS
02-25-2014 htimreimer Release Type 4
11-03-2012 exonerator Back Box Art new
11-03-2012 exonerator Front Box Art new
11-03-2012 exonerator Description In 1982, Coleco released Expansion Module #1 for its ColecoVision video game system using off-the-shelf components, that enabled the ColecoVision to be compatible with the Atari 2600. Atari sued Coleco for patent infringement, however a court ruled that since Coleco used off-the-shelf components and not the same components found inside an Atari 2600, the Expansion Module #1 did not infringe on Atari's patents for the 2600. With this ruling, Coleco decided to make a stand-alone Atari 2600 clone and named it the Gemini. The main difference between the Coleco Gemini and the Atari 2600 is the controller design. The Coleco Gemini controllers featured an 8-way joystick and a 270-degree paddle on the same controller (the joystick was at the top of the controller, and the paddle was at the bottom of the controller). To play paddle games, a Y-connector was used to connect two controllers to the controller jack at the same time. The Gemini was much more compact than the large faux-woodgrain consoles sold by Atari at the time. The small design of the Gemini may have inspired the sleek design of the re-released 2600 in the late 1980s. The Gemini also had a more alluring game offering included with the system. Atari was still including the venerable Combat game released in 1977. The Gemini most commonly included the ever-popular Donkey Kong, but at some point also included Carnival and Mouse Trap. Sears also offered a version of the Gemini with both Donkey Kong and Mouse Trap included as separate cartridges. Coleco struck a deal with Columbia House to start a video game club similar to its record club. Columbia sold the Coleco Gemini as the Columbia Home Arcade through the Columbia House Video Game Club. In Canada, CBS Electronics sold the Gemini under the Columbia Home Arcade name.
11-03-2012 exonerator Barcode 07693002510
11-03-2012 exonerator Publisher 1386
11-03-2012 exonerator Developer 582
11-03-2012 exonerator Platform / Category 244
04-28-2012 htimreimer Platform / Category 242
07-02-2011 housethemous Created

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