Color TV Game 6
The Color TV Game 6 was the first Color TV Game ever released. It was released only in Japan in 1977, and featured only one game; Light Tennis, which looked and played much like Pong. The game featured 6 different modes, such as the original, as well as others with different ways to play pong such as ones with obstacles. It was Nintendo's first home console designed in-house. It was built in collaboration with the Mitsubishi Company after the car maker's deal with Systek fell through after their company dissolved
It is part of a series of home dedicated consoles created by Nintendo. There were five different consoles in the series, all developed and released in Japan. The first two models, Color TV Game 6 and 15, sold one million units each, while the next two models, Block Breaker and Racing 112, sold half a million units each, adding up to a total of three million Color TV Game units sold.
TV 6 contained six variations of "Light Tennis" (or Pong). The players controlled their paddles with dials attached directly to the machine. Additionally, as an alternative to the standard version, a white-colored C Battery powered model of the Color TV Game 6 was introduced. Only a few hundred of these white consoles were produced, and we are lucky enough to have this version in our collection. Due to its rarity, this version is highly prized by collectors. They were originally for employees of Mitsubishi, who were Nintendo's electronics partner at the time.
Our console is the TV Game 6 from 1977 and marked on the original packaging "9800 by Nintendo". The reference number is CTG-6S and has a serial number of 1060944
This exhibit has a reference ID of CH20732. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.