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Video Games Based On Mattel Toys

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Consumers stocked up on board games, not Barbie dolls, amid the coronavirus pandemic, sending Mattel's sales in the first quarter tumbling. While toy sales across industry rise 7. 6% between January and March, according to NPD data, it seems that lockdowns aren't giving all toymakers boost. On Tuesday, Mattel reported a 14% drop in sales, as dolls, action figures and toys for preschoolers were left on store shelves and websites. Shares of the company were down as much as 10% on Wednesday before rebounding slightly to be down around 5%. With schools and afterschool programs close, parents seek out family-friendly games, outdoor toys and art kits to keep their children busy. Mattel has always been strong in doll and car categories while not putting as much emphasis on categories such as games, construction and crafts. During the quarter, Barbie sales slumped 10% while total doll category fell 11%. The Infant, toddler and preschool segment, which include brands such as Fisher-Price and Thomas & Friends, cratered 28%. Action figure, building set and games category fell 21%. Overall, company reported a loss of 56 cents per share excluding some items on revenue of $594 million, while Wall Street expected a loss of 41 cents per share on revenue of $653 million, according to Refinitiv. We believe factors that have been driving the category shift are temporary, CEO Ynon Kreiz said during Tuesday's earnings call. And based on our most recent data, we expect that the industry will return to its pre-COVID-19 category trends. Brands such as Hot Wheels, which saw sales bloom 5%, and games such as Uno and Pictionary were bright spots for the company during the quarter. Retail door closures and other distribution challenges add to difficulty in getting products into the hands of consumers, Gerrick Johnson, analyst at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note Tuesday. However, company saw improving POS trends in April, and gross margin performance was better than expect.

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Software

Ultimately, 125 Cartridge Games were released for Intellivision between 1979 and 1990, with a small portion requiring Intellivoice or ECS add-ons. Few additional homebrew games for play on real system have been released since 2000. Many of the first 125 games feature some of the best graphics and sound for any video game system before Coleco released its more powerful ColecoVision, though gameplay speed often seems a bit slower than many of its contemporaries. Mattel generally groups games of its first software release into categories called networks, including Sports Network, Action Network, Gaming Network, Space Action Network, Strategy Network, Children's Learning Network, and Arcade Network, each with its own distinct box coloring. However, Mattel's marketing discontinued the concept in late 1982 since most Games fell into the Action Network category. For Intellivision Master Component's first two years, System came packaged with Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack, which play great one-or two-player versions of title games, complete with animated dealer. This was followed by a newer pack-in, Astrosmash, one of the system's more recognizable titles in which asteroids and other objects fall from top of the screen and need to be blast. The game features unique automatic dynamic difficulty control that allows even novices to get high scores. Shortly after the release of Intellivision II, coupon for excellent conversion of Data East's popular Arcade game, Burgertime, was included as well. Intellivision is most famous for its extensive range of quality sports games, including Mattel's own Major League Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, and PGA Golf, all released in 1980 and among the first games licensed by professional sports associations. Most of these titles play well with control disc and make good use of overlays on the keypad for more sophisticated in-game options. INTV would later Commission rename updates for many of these Games that introduce enhanced features and support for single players, though without expensive licenses. Besides Sports and Arcade licenses, Mattel gained rights to many other properties, including Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, TRON, Electric Company, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Although the strategy was to gain market share with familiar brands, Mattel's talented developers didn't actually follow the precedent of making lousy games and counting on brand recognition alone to move product. Mattel's lineup includes classic Action role-playing games Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Treasure of Tarmin Cartridge, educational Electric Company Math Fun and Electric Company Word Fun, popular Action-packed TRON Deadly Discs and TRON Maze-aTron, and ECS-enhance Scooby-Doo's Maze Chase and Jetson's Way with Words. Mattel eventually shifted its development focus to mainly Action Games, but For time, Intellivision received several excellent releases that required cunning rather than quick reflexes.

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Modern Activity

For such a long-lived system line that sells more than three million consoles, Intellivision's homebrew market is rather weak compared with many of other prominent video game systems of the era. New hardware has thus far been limited to low production run cartridges that allow loading of ROM images and assist with programming, such as Chad Schell's Intellicart and Cuttle Cart 3. New game releases appear slowly and have been mostly uninspired, though some of the latest games are starting to make interesting use of Intellivoice or three extra sound channels provided by ECS, as well as better programming techniques. At this time, Intelligentvision is perhaps the most prolific publisher of homebrew cartridges for Intellivision, taking great care with color packaging and overlays, and releasing puzzle and strategy games such as Stonix, Minehunter, 4-Tris, and Same Game & Robots. With decades of releases in its mass market prime, Intellivision systems and variations are easy to find and relatively inexpensive, often selling with many games and Intellivoice for well under $50, though care must be taken that controllers are in working condition. ECS add-on is rarer and often go for about $70. Music Keyboard add-on often go for little more than ECS alone. Intellivision can be an easy and fun system to collect, with a variety of loose and boxed games readily available for purchase and play on various systems. Since the Intellivision Keyboard Component had such a limited production run and many were recall, that particular add-on is among the rarest items for any system. As expect, software is even rarer and comprises BASIC Programming Language cartridge and Conversational French, Crosswords, family Budgeting, Geography Challenge, Jack LaLanne's Physical Conditioning, and Spelling Challenge cassettes. Besides TV games and official Intellivision emulation compilations released by Intellivision Productions for Modern platforms, and select Game availability on computer-base GameTap subscription service, variety of other unofficial emulators are available that can deliver good approximation of real system experience. These emulators include Bliss, INTV, and Nostalgia, with many also doing a good job of emulating the functionality of ECS and other add-ons. Intellivision had new games in development right up to the closure of INTV, with unfinished classic computer conversion of Choplifter!, Show here, and finish, but unreleased, Deep Pockets: Super Pro Pool & Billiards, both featuring 1990 Copyright dates. While dwarfed in popularity and nostalgia by legendary consoles from Atari and Nintendo, Mattel's Intellivision was a solid contender for its time and home to many impressive and highly playable games, particularly in sports genre. The platform's innovative add-ons and associated software make it a desirable target for any serious collector. Return to full version of this article Copyright UBM Tech, All rights reserved

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