by Dark Watcher
Another console released only in Japan. Arcade game maker Nichibutsu wanted to take a chance on the console market. In 1983 they
released the KH-1000 better known as "My Vision" (manufactured by Kanto Electronics?). The console retailed for 39,800 Yen.
My Vision came equipped with the same Texas Instruments graphics chip used in the ColecoVision and allowed both RF & composite video output. There were no controllers, but instead used 14 numbered buttons, 4 lettered directional buttons (A thru D) and 1 select button (E) located on the top face of the console. Plastic overlays could be placed on the console to identify what the buttons were used for. The overlays were shipped with each cartridge sold and were specific to each game.
So what kind of games would use such an odd control system? The My Vision carts were all based on board games. Its biggest focus was on the game Mahjong. The My Vision also provided an external port for Mahjong expansion cartridges.
|Nintendo released the Famicom shortly after the release of My Vision and the console disappeared (like most consoles of the time) in Nintendo's shadow. There were six known cartridge releases to include Go, Hanafuda, Reversi, Mastermind, Shimeshougi and of course Mahjong. It is unknown if any Mahjong expansion carts were released.|