This is a 1983 (I think) promotional pamphlet that accompanied Coleco video games for the Atari 2600 console. Donkey Kong was just decent, but I loved Venture and the Smurf game: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle. Never really cared for Zaxxon or Mouse Trap as games, and I never played the rest. Given how rudimentary Venture’s graphics were in the Coin-op version, it almost seemed like a flawless port to the 2600. As for Gargamel’s Castle, well, I’ve been an unrepentant Smurf fan since second or third grade.
Zach Whalen brought this gem over along with a ton of video cartridge manuals and other “paratext,” as he described it. This stuff is like a waterfall of context nostalgia. Between the cartridge art, the player manuals, advertisements like the one above, and the actual cartridges and consoles—I really couldn’t be happier. My office has transformed into an early 80s video game showroom. I’ll be scanning and blogging as much of the cartridge art, manuals, and advertisements as I can as part of the Console Living Room exhibit. And you can be sure I’ll be flooding all the social mediaz with what I discover. From here on out, there will be some serious bava2600!