History of video games/Platforms/Cassette Vision



The Cassette Vision saw a Japanese only launch on June 30th, 1981.[1][2] The Cassette Vision was sold for 13,500 yen, and games were sold for 4,000 yen.[3][2] The Cassette Vision sold over 400,000 consoles and was the most popular console in Japan for a time.[3][4] The system was held back in part by internal factors, as Epoch only had a single NEC TK-80 computer to be used for game development, limiting the Cassette Vision's library.[3][5]

The Cassette Vision was discontinued in 1984.[1] and would be followed by the improved Super Cassette Vision.



An NEC D777C CPU was included on Cassette Vision game cartridges.[6][7] This hardware was considered dated at the time.[3]

Cartridges for the system had a storage capacity of 2 kilobytes.[6]

Game library


Cassette Vision game cartridges cost around 4,000 yen each.[2]

  • Astro Command[8]
  • Galaxian - Despite the name this game is actually based on Moon Cresta, and not the more popular game also known as Galaxian.[8] This was a launch title.[3]
  • Kikori no Yosaku[8]
  • Baseball[8] - A launch title.[3]
  • New Baseball[8]
  • Battle Vader[8]
  • Big Sports 12[8]
  • PakPak Monster[8]
  • Monster Mansion[8]
  • Monster Block[8]
  • Elevator Panic[8]

External Resources



  1. a b "Epoch Cassette Vision (1981 - 1984)". Museum of Obsolete Media. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. a b c "OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum". www.old-computers.com. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  3. a b c d e f "THE FORGOTTEN EPIC". The Game Scholar. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  4. "CLASSIC VIDEOGAME STATION ODYSSEY/EVENT/EARLY CREATERS". www.ne.jp. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  5. "Cassette Vision by Epoch – The Video Game Kraken". Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  6. a b "Video Game Console Library". Video Game Console Library. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  7. Riddle, Sean. "decaps". Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  8. a b c d e f g h i j k "Cassette Vision". Wikipedia. 24 January 2021. Retrieved 27 January 2021.