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Play ColecoVision Games On Your Nintendo 3DS and 2DS with ColecoDS

Posted on 19th Feb 2016 @ 1:02 PM

If you're looking to bring back some good old retro gaming memories and were a fan of the ColecoVision with all of its nearly perfect arcade convesions, then look no furhter than your R4 3DS card and ColecoDS.  ColecoDS is one of the best emulators we've ever tried, and the only one that works without a single glitch when it comes to playing your Colecovision games on your Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS console.  Naturally, it is also 100% backward compatible with the DS, DSi and DSi XL systems too, providing you have an R4 3DS flashcard to load and use ColecoDS on your Nintendo handheld.


The ColecoVision, which was released by the Connecticut Leather Company (Coleco for short) was their second generation video game system.  They had released a different video game systems prior to the final ColecoVision.  It sold for the low price of $199.99 back when it was released in 1982.

The Colecovision was an almost instant success.  It was released in the summer of 1982, and by Christmas 1982 it had some a whooping 500,000 units.  Why was it so popular?  For starters, it offered almost near arcade quality games and virtually perfect arcade game play.  It was also helped out by the fact that it came bundled with Nintendo's Donkey Kong, which Coleco licensed from Nintendo for $250,000 and helped proper itself to sale of over 1 million units by mid 1983.  It initially had 10 ROM Cartridges with initial release of the Coleco.  That number quickly grew to over 140 different ROM Cartridge titles, many of them being near perfect conversions of the popular arcade games of the day.


One of the other features that the Coleco had was just how expandable it was so that you could initially purchase just the basic hardware and then purchase add on hardware to expand the capabilities of your Coleco, something few other game systems of the day offered.  Coleco even had an add on module that allowed it to play Atari 2600 games - for which Atari sued them, but were not able to stop them from selling it.


The Colecovision offers a vast library of amazing arcade conversions of games that were the biggest arcade hits in the late 1970's and early 1980's  Most of its 140+ ROM Cartridges are now abandonware on the internet.  There have also been some really significant modern day releases of homebrew colecovision games as well.  New games that have even been sold commercially to die hard Coleco fans.