Coleco United States

Coleco Industries, Inc. was an American company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg in Hartford Connecticut as ‘The Connecticut Leather Company’. In the 1980's, Coleco mass-produced numerous successful products such as the Coleco Telstar systems, Cabbage Patch dolls and of course ColecoVision.

The ColecoVision system came bundled with a copy of Donkey Kong, which at the time was very similar to the arcade version of the game in terms of game play and graphics. The ColecoVision console sold over 560,000 units in 1982. Coleco also introduced versions of their games for the Atari 2600 and Intellivision consoles selling over Six million cartridges for these competing consoles alone, and over Two million cartridges for the ColecoVision system. The demand for the ColecoVision system was so great in 1982, that Coleco produced over 1 million Colecovision units at their Amsterdam factory in New York. This was an average of 9600 ColecoVision units per day!

Coleco ceased operations in 1988 after filing for bankruptcy for numerous reasons including issues with the Adam computer and market factors to include the Video Game Crash of 1983 where revenue in the industry fell from 3.2 billion in early 1983 to 100 million in 1985. For more details on Coleco, see Wikipedia.

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