Epoch Cassette Vision Console

The Cassette Vision is a home video game console made by Epoch and released in Japan on July 30, 1981. There is also a remodel called theCassette Vision Jr.

The term “cassette” is a contemporary synonym for “ROM cartridge”, not to be confused with the magnetic cassette tape format. In terms of power, it is comparable to the Atari 2600. The console uses cartridges and it has the distinction of being the first successful programmable console video game system to be made in Japan. The Cassette Vision has unusual controls: four knobs built into the console itself, two for each player (one for horizontal, one for vertical); plus two buttons per player.

The system originally retailed for 13,500 yen, with games priced at 4,000. Though the Cassette Vision was not a high seller,it received a successor called the Super Cassette Vision. As a 1984 machine, it is more comparable to the likes of the Family Computer and the Atari 7800. The SCV was also sold in Europe, but with little known success

Games

Astro Command – an action game released by Epoch in 1983.
Baseball – a baseball game released by Epoch in 1981.
Battle Vader – a shoot ’em up released by Epoch in 1982.
Big Sports 12 – a sports game released by Epoch in 1981.
Elevator Panic
Galaxian (this version of Galaxian is not based on Namco’s game but on Nihon Bussan’s Moon Cresta )
Kikori no Yosaku
Monster Block
Monster Mansion (Donkey Kong clone)
New Baseball
PakPak Monster