Venture was released by Coleco in 1982 as a launch title for the ColecoVision. It was a conversion of the 1981 Exigy arcade machine. For it’s time it was considered to be both technically and artistically superb, winning an award for it’s graphics on release.
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Mattel decided to enter the console world in 1977, but they didn’t release the Intellivision properly until 1980. That placed it squarely in the second generation of consoles.
The machine will go down as one of the best consoles of all time, and it’s contribution to the pre-crash console world cannot be overstated.
The controller was interesting, the joystick was quite nice to use and it had a keypad that could use overlays (an idea borrowed by Atari for the Jaguar). Both controllers slid into a compartment on the main machine for easy storage.