9.0 Modern Resources


21st Century places, tools, and things for creating or consuming enjoyment of the classic Intellivision games.


9.1 How can ECS cassette data from tapes be emulated with waveforms?

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9.1 How can I emulate the Mattel Kiosk (POP) that was used in retail operations?

The culmination of one year of work is available from "Lathe26" on Atari Age.

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9.1 Where can I download legitimate Intellivision ROMs?

Aside from lawful sellers, there are many places on the internet to grab homebrew and independent-publisher 21st Century games, for free. A sample of the overall items are included here.

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9.1 What runtime environments exist to emulate an Intellivision?

There are many ways to emulate a classic Intellivision on other platforms. In 2021, jzIntv is simply the best way to do it. When in doubt, start with jzIntv.

jzIntv is so complete, it even has an Easter Egg embedded: keep "resetting" the game by holding down the key mapped to it in jzIntv config, and a screen with static noise will show on Channel 03, and simulate a person hitting the mute button. :)

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9.1 How to emulate proper colors that match Intellivision NTCS?

The jzintv --gfx-palette flag makes color tweaking simple, because NTSC is notorious for meaning Never The Same Color.

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9.1 Can I play Intellivision on a PC?

Intellivision Productions created floppy disks with a combined INTVPC emulator and a few games in a ready-to-play format. These executable bundles evolved into the game packs distributed in the Intellivsion Lives! and Intellivision Rocks CDs. Starting around the year 2012, these releases no longer reliably play on Windows or Mac operating systems, as the INTVPC emulation code was developed in Borland Pascal for MSDOS/Windows 3.1. The game ROMs can be extracted from the CDROM and played on modern (2020 as of this writing) emulation like jzIntv. Intellivision Lives/Rocks was produced for other platforms as well in the early 2000s for what were popular game systems of that time.

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9.1 Can I play Intellivision on Evercade?

The hardware console/portable system has two collections for Intellivision games.

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9.1 How can an Aquarius be emulated?

The Aquarius is a computer platform with some similar-looking software, but is in no way compatible with or similar to the Intellivision family. It is included here because it was a Mattel Electronics product, and can be fun in its own way.

For the curious, there is an emulator that runs under Windows 7 and newer Microsoft OSs.

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9.1 What is the Portable Intellivision Development Environment?

If you have ever wanted to try writing games for the Intellivision but you don't have hours of free time to just sit down in front of a computer, then use this document to create a full development environment right on your Android phone or tablet.

You do not need to root your device, and you do not need advanced technical skill. First, buy the books Programming Games For Intellivision and Advanced Game Programming for Intellivision and learn to write simple Intellivision programs. Then set up a full development environment to write games using only your device and a keyboard.

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9.1 What TrueType Fonts are available to use in modern operating system platforms and hosts?

The most popular is "SF Intellivised", others exist and will be linked-to here as the FAQ maintainers have more time.

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9.2 Who sells Intellivision games at retail?

Aside from eBay and Facebook Marketplace, there are several places to buy games and consoles and parts at retail.

Like it or not, eBay is generally the go-to for people selling hardware, games, and accessories. The Blue Sky Rangers maintain an official eBay storefront as of Spring, 2021.

Between 2010 and 2021, scalpers and speculators have generally driven prices up, so eBay has been a great place to learn about what is available, but not necessarily the place to buy (except for the BSR store).

Organizations like Goodwill, Mission Thrift, and other national groups have online sales areas.

Protecting physical game boxes is possible at "Retro Protect", and they will even do custom boxes if asked.

Check the sources here for alternative places to shop.

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9.2 Are box protectors available for Intellivision console boxes?

See link to Hoskinson Industries.

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9.3 What is the price of an Intellivision?

Average value for a Mattel gold 2609 Master Component is $70 used, $110 in box, $300+ new and unused (very hard to come by after 40 years).

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9.3 How much is an Intellivision collection worth?

According to the PriceCharting website, a collection of known original and major Independent cartridge games and hardware has a value of $4,406.60 and if all items are new-shrinkwrapped it is $18,408.14.

PriceCharting tends to be less than accurate and undervalued for all systems older than the NES, so Intellivision values are likely slightly higher for many items. YMMV!

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9.3 How do I socialize with other Intellivision enthusiasts?

You found this FAQ, so that is a good start. :)

Aside from the implied connections elsewhere in this FAQ, try these direct places: