The history behind the Arcadia 2001 is not as simple as one might think. Although most still think that the Arcadia 2001 was created by Emerson Radio and then licensed across the world, the facts seems to point to a different story. First of all, all games (except 4 titles written specifically for the Japanese market by Bandai) were developed by Universal Appliances Limited (UAL) from Hong-Kong. Then UAL trademarked the name Home Arcade in the United States on March 31, 1982 while the trademark for the Arcadia 2001 was filled on May 06, 1982. In fact, other systems around the world were trademarked before the Emerson release. For example, the Leisure Vision by Leisure-Dynamics was trademarked in Canada on March 29, 1982.
At this point, it is clear that Emerson had nothing to do with the creation and licensing of this console except from being one of the licensees. It is still not clear whether the console was created by UAL or another unknown third party, but evidence seems to point toward UAL. It appears that UAL started to license the consoles all across the world in March 1982. At this time, UAL had planned to release the console themselves in the U.S. under the name Home Arcade (or at least protect the name so it could be used by the licensee).
It’s to be noted that the Red, Green and Blue stripe from the Home Arcade logo, made it way on many licensed consoles.
Home Arcade by Advision France
Arcadia by Bandai Electronics Japan, 1982
Arcadia 2001 by Emerson Electronics United States, May 1982, Australia
Tele-Computer by Cosmos Spain
Dynavision by Morning-Sun Commerce Japan, 1982
Compatibility: MPT-03 console
Ekusera by P.I.C Japan, 1982
MPT-03 by Hanimex France
Home Arcade Centre by Hanimex United Kingdom
HMG-2650 by Hanimex Germany, Australia, Canada Compatibility: Emerson
Ch-50 – Home Entertainment Centre by Inno-Hit Italia
Intelligent Game MPT-03 United States, Canada
Tele-Computer XL 2000 by Intercord
Germany Compatibility: Emerson