Back in the early 1980s when home video game systems were still in their infancy compared to today's technology, next to none of the home versions of hit arcade games looked anything like their original arcade versions. For some games this didn't matter much because the gameplay was so simple; Frogger for the Atari 2600 comes to mind. But for other games it was kind of ridiculous, such as the Atari 2600version of Zaxxon, which appeared noting like its arcade version.
For most of the very early 1980s, it seemed impossible that a home version of a game could come close to appearing and playing like the arcade version.
Then along came the Colecovision to prove everyone wrong with its fantastic home version of the Donkey Kong game.
Released by Nintendoin the early 1980s, Donkey Kong was a massive hit game in the arcades. It not only has spawned dozens of sequel games in the arcades and on computers and home gaming systems, but Donkey Kong also featured the first appearance of a video game icon, Nintendo's Mario, the little Italian plumber who has had tons of games featuring him or named after him.
The toy company Colecogained the rights to make and sell home versions of Nintendo's games, which included Donkey Kong. Soon enough verions of Donkey Kong appeared on the most popular home gaming systems of the time, the Atari 2600 and Mattel's Intellivision.
The Colecovision was a strong system, though some would argue it was not without its faults. For example, as with many early control schemes, it took a little getting used to the quirks of the Colecovision's hand controls. But once that was accomplished, the Colecovision truly was a solid home gaming system.
On top of all this, the folks of Coleco showed some genius by packaging the Colecovision version of Donkey Kong with the actual Colecovision itself. Just buying a Colecovision meant you had a game, one that not only had you heard of, but of which you had likely heard good things.
What kind of good things? Well, for starters, you'd probably heard the Colecovision version of Donkey Kong looked just like the original arcade version of the game. You'd also heard the gameplay was exact.
So when you bought a Colecovision, you ended up with not only a great system, but with one of the best games for this great system. And back in the day that was the best a gamer could ask for.