Unboxing of the 1982 ColecoVision Expansion Module 1

Coleco released the ColecoVision game console in 1982. That same year, to win over the Atari VCS crowd, Coleco released the Expansion Module 1. A unit which allowed the user to play Atari VCS game cartridges on the ColecoVision. Now I don’t have to tell you how impossible such a thing would be today, but you have to give credit to Coleco for making it work then.

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10 thoughts on “Unboxing of the 1982 ColecoVision Expansion Module 1

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Love your unboxing vids RJ.

    This module’s existence stunned me when it first showed up.
    Would’ve surely got one if my VCS had given out.

  2. Thanks for the responses.

    @critanime, to the untrained eye, the EM1 looks like it is missing parts, like an incomplete device. However, I think I would have asked about it first.. Feel for you man.

    @AAS, thanks! And yes, its such a controversial device LOL

  3. Lets be honest about this. These things are worthless if your not a collector. And my grandparents never used it because they didn’t like the VCS games……

    Still searching the local tip for it.

    Expansion found 0.
    Strange fungal thing on my hand 1.

  4. I traded my Emerson Arcadia 2001 (my parents got one at a timeshare presentation) for a Colecovision and this module back in the mid 80s; a lopsided trade if I say so myself. Of course, years later when Arcadias were selling for $200 (they’re pretty worthless now in collector circles), I regretted it, but I got lots of playtime with the Colecovision and the expansion. My parents sold it at a garage sale a few years later for $10.

  5. Richard says:

    What amazes me is the simplicity of it.
    My DSL router had more parts than this thing.

    They tried to keep it simple back then didn’t they?

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