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    Alright, as a first post this is downright embarrassing, but if you're interested in oddware (I mean if you're REALLY interested), here's some very odd... ware.

    The Vtech V.Smile was an educational game console released in 2004 that used cartridges. It was always meant to be played by small kids, but it enjoyed a moderate success (at least, I guess so, 'cause it spawned a series of different machines). All games were based on licensed franchises by Disney and others.



    Well, browsing a local flee market I've found this: the kiosk version of the V.Smile, complete with a Nikkei monitor and a pre-loaded selection of games. It's almost impossible to find images or info about this thing, i've only seen another one in some hotel photos and it had a different selection of games (same monitor brand, though). It's not even described in the V.Smile wikipedia page. The games are horrible, the big joystick is unresponsive and the composite video makes the Snes-level graphics look quite terrible, but it's a novelty... and I just couldn't resist. The green game selection buttons light up, that's neat.







    Game roms are loaded from this PCB (sorry, out of focus shot):

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      Originally posted by Weird Ed View Post
      Alright, as a first post this is downright embarrassing, but if you're interested in oddware (I mean if you're REALLY interested), here's some very odd... ware.

      The Vtech V.Smile was an educational game console released in 2004 that used cartridges. It was always meant to be played by small kids, but it enjoyed a moderate success (at least, I guess so, 'cause it spawned a series of different machines). All games were based on licensed franchises by Disney and others.

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      Well, browsing a local flee market I've found this: the kiosk version of the V.Smile, complete with a Nikkei monitor and a pre-loaded selection of games. It's almost impossible to find images or info about this thing, i've only seen another one in some hotel photos and it had a different selection of games (same monitor brand, though). It's not even described in the V.Smile wikipedia page. The games are horrible, the big joystick is unresponsive and the composite video makes the Snes-level graphics look quite terrible, but it's a novelty... and I just couldn't resist. The green game selection buttons light up, that's neat.

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      Game roms are loaded from this PCB (sorry, out of focus shot):

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      So in weird in fact...I just bumped your account up to full member of AA lol. This is the sort of weird we love.

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        Originally posted by Arcade King View Post
        So in weird in fact...I just bumped your account up to full member of AA lol. This is the sort of weird we love.
        Wow, thanks a lot Arcade King! This really took me by surprise I'm sorry for the terrible pictures, I'll replace them with better shots when I have time (I mean, if you REALLY wanna see more of this thing).

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          I got my kids a vtech bitd secondhand. They played it a bit. Killed few controllers. Still see them popup at op shops
          you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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            Hell yeah, random stuff like that is the best. Nice pickup!


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              Originally posted by narf_ View Post
              I got my kids a vtech bitd secondhand. They played it a bit. Killed few controllers. Still see them popup at op shops
              Really? I guess we should create a V.Tech owner list Well, from an educational standpoint it's not bad at all, but I feel the controls make simple games unnecessarily complex to play... I'm not surprised your kids broke a few controllers.

              Originally posted by darkjedi View Post
              Hell yeah, random stuff like that is the best. Nice pickup!
              Thanks! Can't get more random than this...

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                Nothing yet as been on a bit of a current gen spree, but looking to get the Wonderboy Returns special edition, sorta retro lol
                Looking for the following for my personal collection (small man cave)
                Consoles - Anything more than 10 years ol
                Computers - Anything from the Commodre, Atari, Etc
                Misc: What other cool stuff you got

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                  Always wanted one of these as a kid and managed to add one to the collection today.


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                    Originally posted by rusty_dagger View Post
                    Always wanted one of these as a kid and managed to add one to the collection today.Link


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                      Originally posted by Dicky View Post

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                        Time for some light reading

                        Used to hammer this series from primary school libary

                        Good lord i feel old now
                        you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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                          Been chasing mystery of silver mountain for awhile now. Its nice to have the pair and its a shame they didn't do more.
                          I have another copy of island of secrets which ive lost in my hoard somewhere along with build youre own adventure all by Usborne so i bought another copy. Island of Secrets seems far more common.
                          I typed island out a few years back on my 8088 PC in MS Basic and transfered it to the Apple II using ciderpress. Now I have my Apple II platinum set up its time for anther type in session.
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                            @ Arcade King

                            Very nice finds. Text adventures and their early graphical hybrids on C64 are definitely a treasured genre for me too. There was a series by a company called "Mountain Valley Software" that I first played in primary school that I'd love to get originals for one day. I've had to contend myself with pirated copies all these years. "Mystery Island" was one of the first addictive games that made me dream about playing it. My IT/Typing teacher even put it on tape for me back in the day. I later met a mate in high school who copied more for me.

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                            Anyhow, cool thread, it's fun to browse and keep an eye on what people are still finding out there.

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                              Was given these by a mate recently. I too love minty fresh boxed Voodoo2 cards!

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                                Originally posted by Pessimeister View Post
                                @ Arcade King

                                Very nice finds. Text adventures and their early graphical hybrids on C64 are definitely a treasured genre for me too. There was a series by a company called "Mountain Valley Software" that I first played in primary school that I'd love to get originals for one day. I've had to contend myself with pirated copies all these years. "Mystery Island" was one of the first addictive games that made me dream about playing it. My IT/Typing teacher even put it on tape for me back in the day. I later met a mate in high school who copied more for me.

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                                Anyhow, cool thread, it's fun to browse and keep an eye on what people are still finding out there.
                                I only wish I keep all my old mags so any leads to these sort of books is gold to me.
                                Thanks.

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