Video Cassette Rock by Takatoku

Console Name: Video Cassette Rock
Original Name: ビデオカセットロック
Release Date: October 1977
Original Price: ¥9,800 ~ ¥17,600
Manufacturer: Takatoku
Number of Games: 7

History
In 1977, the video game industry in Japan was not very developed. A few pong-type console existed, but none of the more “modern” cartridge-based console such as the Fairchild Channel F and the RCA Studio II had made it to Japan yet. Takatoku, a pioneer toy maker in Japan wanted to release a novel system to compete with Nintendo and Bandai. At the time, the PC-50x family was still very new and Takatoku decided to be the first to market with a system based on the same principles.

Release
Released in October 1977 as the Takatoku Video Cassette Rock “Service Set”, the Video Cassette Rock became the first cartridge-based video game console made in Japan. The “Service Set” has paddles and came with 6 Ball games cartridge. In December 1977, Takatoku released the “Basic Set” which switch the paddles for joysticks and came with the 8 Ball games cartridge.

As for the PC-50x consoles, each cartridge would include an AY-3-8xxx chip from General Instruments. Released in 1976. these chips were the game logic in almost all the pong-type console of the time. As most of the circuitry was in the chip, the console is more or less just a shell used to take the control, power and output the video. All other operations were directly on the cartridges.

Demise
The Video Cassette Rock never really caught on due to the competition of the Nintendo Color TV Games and the Bandai TV Jack console series, which make it a really sought after collector item.

Games

  1. 95-1 Rhythm box

  2. 95-2 Sound Effector (synthesizer)

  3. 95-3 Tank game (AY-3-8700)

  4. 95-5 Car race (AY-3-8603)

  5. 95-6 6 Ball games (AY-3-8500)

  6. 95-7 8 Ball games (AY-3-8600)

  7. Stunt Rider (???)

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