Intellivision Hardware

Consoles & Peripherals

All items originally marketed by Mattel Toys or Mattel Electronics except where noted.


Intellivision Master Component
Test marketed 1979; national release 1980


General Instruments 16-bit 1 Mhz 1610 microprocessor; 4K internal ROM operating system; 2K RAM; two hand controllers with 12 button keypad, 4 action keys, 16-direction disc; 159 by 96 pixel background resolution; 16 colors; 8 moving objects; three-channel music generator; plays external ROM game cartridges Included Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack cartridge (later Astrosmash); also marketed through Radio Shack as the Tandyvision One and through GTE Phone Stores as the GTE Intellivision, both with slightly different styling; PAL and SECAM versions released in Europe

Intellivision Keyboard Component
Announced for 1981 release; sold in test markets and by mail order only, 1982; no national release


Works with Intellivision Master Component: adds 8-bit 6502 microprocessor, 16K RAM expandable to 8 Meg, full keyboard, digitally controlled cassette drive for both data and audio content, expansion ports, printer port Printer available by mail order; only 4,000 Keyboard Components were made; all sold were recalled for full refund; owners who wanted to keep theirs had to sign waiver absolving Mattel of all future support for the component

Tele-Games Super Video Arcade Console


Plays same game cartridges as Intellivision; removable hand controllers; default title screen does not display "Mattel Electronics presents" Manufactured by Mattel for sale exclusively through Sears Department Stores; included Poker & Blackjack cartridge

PlayCable module
1981 - 1983
Plug-in module rented from local cable company allowed Intellivision games to be downloaded over TV cable Available in limited areas

Intellivoice module


Plug-in speech-synthesis unit adds voices to special Intellivoice cartridges Poor sales led to promotional giveaway: a free Intellivoice by mail when you purchased a Master Component

Intellivision II Master Component


Replaced original Intellivision in US; plays same game cartridges (with a few exceptions); removable hand controllers; compatible with System Changer; 1610 processor Price dropped to $70 (plus coupon for free BurgerTime cartridge) by end of 1983; high-quality trigger-joystick controllers (to be sold separately) were announced for 1983 introduction but were never released

System Changer module
Plug-in module allows Atari 2600 cartridges to be played on Intellivision II Allowed Mattel to advertise that Intellivision played more game cartridges than any other system

Entertainment Computer System (ECS)

$170 (ECS module plus computer keyboard; music keyboard extra)

Officially replaced Keyboard Component; plug-in module adds memory and additional 3 music channels to Intellivision, cassette tape and printer ports, plus allows the addition of (1) a computer keyboard, (2) a music keyboard, or (3) two additional hand controllers; special cartridges were released that use the ECS features and capabilities Only one cartridge was released that used the music keyboard (Melody Blaster); no cartridges were released that used additional hand controllers; ECS components were molded in gray plastic for North American market; brown plastic for European market

International Intellivoice module
In development during 1982 - 1983; never released

No price set

Designed to replace the original Intellivoice, allowed Intellivoice games to be produced in English, French, Italian and German French, Italian and German versions of Space Spartans were completed but never released

Intellivision III Master Component
Shown at 1983 Consumer Electronic Show; never released

No price set

Rushed into development to compete with ColecoVision; would play new high-resolution (320 by 192 pixel) games as well as original Intellivision cartridges; 6 channel stereo music generator; built-in Intellivoice; wireless hand controllers; 1610 processor Briefly revived in 1987 when INTV Corp. announced it as the forthcoming "INTV System IV"; still never released

Intellivision IV Master Component
In development 1982 - 1983; never released

No price set

Built-in 3-D graphics, 240 by 192 pixel resolution, music and speech synthesis, built-in modem for two-person games played over phone lines; powered by Motorola 68000 microprocessor Originally planned to be the Intellivision III, was bumped up to IV when the III was put into development to compete with ColecoVision

INTV System III Master Component


Replaced Intellivision II, design based on original Intellivision with addition of on/off power light, slightly different styling; plays all Intellivision cartridges, compatible with Intellivoice and ECS, but not System Changer. Sold through large chain stores and mail order by INTV Corp.; later renamed and repackaged as the Super Pro System and as simply the Intellivision Master System

Tutorvision Educational Video Game System
In development 1988 - 1989; never released

No price set

Modified INTV System III: molded in gold plastic; different onscreen font set Joint project between INTV Corp. and World Book Encyclopedia to produce educational video games; project ended with each party suing the other