1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

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1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby ASalvaro » September 2nd, 2022, 10:04 pm

love looking through these every once in awhile..this is the Intellivison page but you can change the pages
https://christmas.musetechnical.com/Sho ... -Book/0606

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby VideoGameCritic » September 3rd, 2022, 9:08 am

This is gold. The pages that follow are even better because they list the games.

I remember these catalogs because they told you very little about the product, yet all your hoping were riding on those few words for Christmas morning.

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby ASalvaro » September 3rd, 2022, 12:55 pm

VideoGameCritic wrote:This is gold. The pages that follow are even better because they list the games.

I remember these catalogs because they told you very little about the product, yet all your hoping were riding on those few words for Christmas morning.

and how about those fake screenshots on a lot of games lol

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby matmico399 » September 3rd, 2022, 3:07 pm

Very cool.

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby txsizzler » September 5th, 2022, 9:26 am

I love how they show a ColecoVision cartridge going into a Gemini.. :lol:
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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby VideoGameCritic » September 5th, 2022, 11:17 am

I'm intrigued by the Gemini controllers. Has anybody used one? I take it they work with any Atari game, whether controlled via joystick or paddle?

This system looks kind of lame, but if I could go back in time I'd buy a bunch. LOL

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby ASalvaro » September 5th, 2022, 3:25 pm

here's a list of all the Christmas Catalogs this site has
https://christmas.musetechnical.com/

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby ASalvaro » September 5th, 2022, 3:31 pm

never heard of this console that was in the 1981 Ward's Christmas Catalog
https://christmas.musetechnical.com/Sho ... -Book/0383

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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby Atariboy » September 5th, 2022, 4:13 pm

VideoGameCritic wrote:I'm intrigued by the Gemini controllers. Has anybody used one? I take it they work with any Atari game, whether controlled via joystick or paddle?


A Coleco Gemini was my first game console, circa Christmas 1987 or so. I assume it was new old stock that had been dug out of a warehouse in the wake of the NES reviving the console market and Atari enjoying modest success with their new Atari 2600 Jr.

The console was built cheaply (they were out to undercut Atari after all) and consequently was a bit fragile. I broke mine a few years later when plugging in the AC adapter (like most boys, I wasn't too gentle with my toys at that age), with my parents buying a used 4 switch woodgrain Atari 2600 as a replacement system.

I don't remember the controllers very well. If I have which Christmas it was correct, I had only just turned five and the system only lasted maybe three years before going in the trash. But thanks to still having the manual for the system, I do know that they worked with both joystick and paddle games just as their appearances suggest. You'd connect both controllers via a Y adapter dongle into port #1 for a 2 person paddle game.

Sadly though I didn't actually own any paddle games until after the Gemini itself had bought the farm (I think my parents tossed the controllers with the console, not realizing that they weren't proprietary and would work on a real 2600).
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Re: 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog

Postby Breaker » September 5th, 2022, 11:06 pm

ASalvaro wrote:never heard of this console that was in the 1981 Ward's Christmas Catalog
https://christmas.musetechnical.com/Sho ... -Book/0383


Look at that Telstar Marksman!


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