Coleco (COnneticut LEather COmpany) released the ColecoVision in 1982 and had their sights set on taking some of the video game pie that was currently owned by the Atari 2600. Their technology was heads and tails above the Atari and Intellivision in terms of graphics and sound and they had Donkey Kong as a pack-in. They sold out their entire production run of one million units very quickly.
Coleco also manufactured an Atari 2600 adapter that let you play Atari games on the ColecoVision. Atari sued Coleco over the adapter, but Coleco prevailed in court and later even sold it’s own standalone Atari 2600 clone, the Gemini.
What the ColecoVision was known for was it’s almost perfect arcade ports and quickly become an arcade gamer’s dream. In 1984 Coleco stopped videogame production and had sold more than six million ColecoVisions in just three years. If the Video Game Crash of 1984 hadn’t took place some experts in the field felt that the ColecoVision would have remained the system to own throughout the 80’s. Now it is a collectors prize possession.