by Dark Watcher
In 1982 a low cost home computer was released and achieved amazing success. The computer was called the Commodore 64.
By 1990, Commodore set their attentions on the videogame console market. They followed the same concept as other computer companies (Fujitsu with the FM Towns Marty and the Amstrad GX4000). Their new system was called the Commodore 64GS (GS = Game System). This unit was basically just a repackaged Commodore 64 computer without a keyboard, port access (Disk drive, etc) or standard ROM chip. Cartridges were loaded through the top port. The console was packaged with a joystick and a cartridge containing International Soccer, Klax, Flimbo's Quest and Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun,
Since the console was essentially a computer in new skin, it was compatible with all existing Commodore 64 carts. The Commodore 64GS also spurred development of newer cartridges released specifically for the console.
The C64GS never achieved the level of success that its computer big brother did. For a little more money you could own the
Commodore 64 computer (cheaper by this time) and still play the same carts, a vast library of disk / cassette games (not to mention
other computer perks). The console suffered poor sales and was pulled from store shelves. It was never released outside of
If the Commodore 64GS were released shortly after the Commodore 64 computer, it might have given the Nintendo Entertainment System a
run for its money due to its graphical capabilities and the sheer size of its software library.
FACT: The Commodore 64GS may not have succeeded in the console market, but its creation did help bring Commodore users (particularly in Europe) more cartridge titles to enjoy.