The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) showcases the latest in video game technology, but sometimes a little bit of retro slips in. This year, a few companies showed off their latest titles in arcade form, and the Video Game History Museum had a little exhibit on the show floor.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a Coleco Telstar Arcade machine, check out the gallery below.
Video Game History Museum
The Video Game History Museum is dedicated to preservation of retro consoles and games. A small exhibit from the collection was set up during the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The Atari 2600 was first sold through Sears department stores. Atari manufactured the console from 1977 to 1992.
Atari Lynx and Commodore computer
The Lynx was Atari's foray into gaming handhelds. It was one of the first to use a color and back-lit screen, but that had devastating effects on the system's performance and battery life.
Coleco Telstar Arcade
This behemoth system was one of the first Coleco consoles to use interchangeable cartridges. Over 1 million Telstar units sold from 1976 to '77.
The Famicom wasn't Nintendo's first attempt at a home console, but it is the most iconic. It launched in Japan in 1983. The company's first console, the Color TV Game, went on sale in 1977 to compete in the home Pong machine market.
Sega Master System
The Master System was Sega's attempt to compete with Nintendo in the home console market. It was graphically more powerful than the Famicom/NES, but never quite approached the NES install base.
The Robotic Operations Buddy (R.O.B.) was an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It would move little plastic discs around in time with the action on a television screen. Only a few games supported it.
The PlayStation was Sony's first home console. Before this, the company developed and published games for other systems, and at one time was partnered with Nintendo to develop a disc-based platform. Nintendo stuck with cartridges and Sony dominated the late-'90s with the PlayStation.
Tank! Tank! Tank!
Tank! Tank! Tank! is a new motion-controlled arcade cabinet from Namco. Arcades aren't dead, they're just going casual.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
PlayStation All-Stars battle Royale mimics traditional arcade fighting cabinets in this E3 demo.
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