smf wrote on July 31: > The max looks like a subset of the c64 but it came first While we know when the MAX was announced at various fairs, do we know when it actually came to the market in Japan? Recently I went through a number of scanned issues of the Japanese computer magazine I/O. In the midst of all NEC, Sharp, Fujitsu and a few Apple advertisments, Commodore regularly ran spreads in Japanese. What I observed was that the VIC-1001 was advertised (and even listed in reseller ads) long into 1983, the first occasion where I saw the MAX Machine being mentioned was early 1983, simultaneously with the Commodore 64 in Japanese version! One could argue that this particular magazine didn't really cater to the market the MAX normally would aim at, being a video game console with a keyboard and not until you plugged in a BASIC cartridge, you got something resembling a computer. Either that, or the MAX didn't actually hit the market until the C64 had, despite being announced before the C64 was finalized. In this particular publication I/O, there weren't ads for many other consoles in the pre-Famicom era being advertised. Frankly I don't know exactly what the MAX competed against - Epoch Cassette Vision and Bandai Supervision? While there appears to have existed some imported brands like Atari 2600, Mattel Intellivision, Colecovision, I'm not sure those had any significant hold on the Japanese gaming market. Best regards Anders Carlsson Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2016-08-01 18:00:53
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