A Gakken Compact Vision TV Boy
|Type||Home video game console|
|CPU||Motorola MC6801 (inside cartridge)|
|Display||128 × 192 pixels, 4 colors|
|Graphics||Motorola MC6847 video processor|
The Compact Vision TV Boy (Japanese: TV ボーイ, Hepburn: TV bōi) is a second generation home video game console developed by Gakken and released in Japan in 1983 for a price of ¥8,800.
The system was made to compete with the Epoch Cassette Vision, which had a market dominance of 70% in Japan.
The console was released months after the Nintendo Famicom and Sega SG-1000 which, although more expensive at ¥15,000, were more advanced and had more features as well as a bigger games library; furthermore, Epoch had just launched the Cassette Vision Jr. revision for ¥5,000. These factors made the console obsolete from the start, with a high price tag, few games, and a strange form factor, leading to poor sales. As a result, it is now a rare and collectible system.
There were only 6 games officially released for the system, each being sold for ¥3,800;
Each of the games is designed for one player only.
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