by Dark Watcher
Gakken was a popular manufacturer of arcade and handheld games throughout the 1980's. In 1983, Gakken decided to try their hand at the
home console market with the Gakken Compact Vision.
The Compact Vision was a cartridge based color game system that retailed for a nice low price of 8800 Yen. The console design is by far one of the most unique and innovative for its time. The one controller (Yes. Only 1 Player) is built into the unit. However, rather then using a standard joystick or paddle it used a throttle / shifter controller that shifted both horizontal and vertical. A fire button was mounted on the side of the throttle for easy access with the right thumb. Obviously using this type of controller would cause the small console unit itself to move around. To alleviate this problem, Gakken added a grip ready handle. Basically you shift with the right hand and hold the console steady with the left. The "Start" button was built into the handle and the console dash contained the "Power" and "Pause" buttons. The console was also labeled both above the throttle and on the box as TV Boy (Japanese Text). This may also be another name used for the console (Gakken TV Boy sounds better aye).
|The console design, though unique, may have been restricting for left-handed players. It also lacked 2-Player support. The console may have also fell victim to the popular Famicom, which was released shortly after. Only six games were released. This appears to have been Gakken's only attempt at the home console market.|