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"Just wait till you get us home."

As the name implies, the Bally Professional Arcade (aka Astrocade) was the Neo Geo of the 1970s. While it came out the same year as the Atari 2600, it was far more powerful, on par with the arcades of the time. However, it was too expensive, difficult to code for, and received about no third-party support. Consequently, it ended up with a very small library, mostly shameless ripoffs of popular games. As an upside, with the Bally BASIC cartridge, one could create simple programs. A keyboard expansion to transform it into a full-featured computer had been promised, but it is uncertain if it was ever released.


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Second Generation
Consoles Emerson Arcadia 2001 - Atari 2600 - Atari 5200 - Epoch Cassete Vision - ColecoVision - Fairchild Channel F - Mattel Intellivision - Magnavox Odyssey² - Bally Professional Arcade - Sega SG-1000 - RCA Studio II - Interton VC 4000 - Milton Bradley Vectrex
Handhelds Entex Adventure Vision - Nintendo Game & Watch - Milton Bradley Microvision
Computers Apple I - Apple II - Apple III - Atari 8-bit - Acorn BBC Micro - Commodore PET - Tandy TRS-80 - Tandy TRS-80 CoCo

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