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While speaking at GDC, industry legend Don Daglow, who was one of the original five programmers for Mattel's Intellivision, revealed that he was working on a follow up to the classic machine. Daglow called the console the "Intellivision Next" and mentions it would release in 1983. During his speech Console Wars Revisited, he talked about the famous video game industry crash that happened around that time. Had the Next come out, it would have beat the original Nintendo to the U.S. market, but because of the crash, the project was scrapped and Daglow moved on. The NES ended up dominating the U.S home console market until the Sega Genesis came along in 1989. Daglow also admitted that even though 90% of the consumers that were polled thought the Intellivision was better than the Atari 2600, they never once had a period that they were able to outsell the rival machine due to the spendy price tag of $299 (which interestingly inflated to today would cost $892).How do you think the 80's would have played out if the Next had been a rival to the NES?
It should have fetured an electrician that loves ice cream going to save a princess from a huge rabbit king. The Super Henry Bros.
Then the NES would barely be famous.
I never would have been born. (I have no idea. Just wanted to make a joke.)
Nintendo today wouldn't be nearly as powerful, I can tell you that for sure. Odds are we would have 4 major consoles out there instead of 3. Or one of them would have died...possibly the xbox. Yikes
There are a lot of variables, could another company create and maintain a mascott as powerful as Mario? Skullmanic made a joke about the Super Henry Bros. (Very funny by the way) and that's litterally what it would have taken to compete with Mario.
Nintendo would still have beaten out the Next, but it may have forced Nintendo to come out with more relevant games. At the end of the day, Nintendo has Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and Kart racing. Perhaps they may have more under their belt if they didn't have to wait for Sega to push them.
Besides, Mario is just a rip off of God of War anyway...
that would be crazy
Yeah if you check out the old Intellivision ads where they put their graphics up against the 2600 you could clearly see it was a superior machine, although that's not saying much these days.
I don't think the Intellivision Next would have been a success. Like you said, the original machine was too expensive, and the Next would have cost even more. Additionally, I doubt it would have ever had a game as revolutionary as Super Mario Bros., the greatest pack-in game in history and the game that single handedly brought gaming back from the dead.
It would probaly been the first big video game system.
wow. old school bro
I could write a 10 page thesis on this subject with all the knowledge of the crash and my undying love for Intellivision and the Blue Sky Rangers... but it's 11 o'-stinkin'-clock right now. I have things to go drink.
this was the first gameing system I ever had....I still remember the night my dad brought our intellivision home!
well It depends on how advanced the consle would have been for its time. However, I will say that shark shark and snafu beat out most games made even today.
I would like to see how they would have turned out differently, but I wouldn't want to live in that reality.
Conceptually this would have been awesome, but as noted, the original Intellivision was a machine that was a bit too far ahead of the curve for its own good. It's successor likely would have been no different. Console manufacturers have always faced the challenge of including as much tech as possible while not pricing themselves out of the market; nunfortunately, this is largely a trial and error process, and we've seen really great pieces of hardware fall by the wayside simply because they were released well before the level of technical expertise needed to build them had become democratized.
The Next would have been a very significant system had it came out. It would have forced Nintendo to make greater games then it already had and Most likely it would have made it to this generation or at least until playstation and xbox came out providing it didnt make any bad moves. It would have been cool to see them come out with a handheld, since the only dominant one is from nintendo right now.
ohh well, if only
It would have flopped and the NES would probably had been the first 16 bit system in order to put its feet firmly in the gaming world. remember, Nintendo has been in the game making biz way before consoles.