Arcadia 2001 is a video games console of the second-generation, which has an 8-bit processor. It was developed and released by the Emerson Radio Corporation. The release of the console happened in March 1982 and the starting price was set at around 100 dollars. However, soon the company had to change the name of Emerson Arcadia 2001 to Starpath, because existed a company named Arcadia Corporation, which is completely irrelevant to the console and it sued Emerson for breaking trademark copyright laws. There are more than 30 versions of the console were released. Among them were Arcadia (Japan), HMG-2650 (Germany), Intervision 2001 (Switzerland), Leisure-Vision (Canada), Tryom Video Game Center (USA), and many other versions. Some could be distinguished not only by design, but also by the processor and other functions.
The appearance of Arcadia 2001 consoles in 1982 on the gaming industry market in the US was initially a failed idea, because at the same time were released ColecoVision and Atari 5200. In addition to this, the Atari company had the exclusive rights to big part of the popular games, which is why they couldn’t appear for the Arcadia 2001, in turn it limited interest among buyers of the console. Arcadia 2001 couldn’t boast a large library of games. Despite the fact that Emerson has produced several clones of the most interesting games such as Defender, Galaxian, Pac-Man and others, the popularity of the console couldn’t be increased. By the way, Atari sued Emerson for that and won the case.
Today, you can easily play on virtual Arcadia 2001 using the emulator software. All you need is to download Arcadia 2001 games roms and run them on your pc, android or ios.