Arcadia 2001
Arcadia 2001



Setname:  arcadia   
Year: 1982
Manufacturer: Emerson
Status: imperfect  badworks
Type: Game Console
Clones: Advision Home Arcade,
Hanimex Home Arcade Centre,
Intercord XL 2000 System,
Tele-Computer Cosmos,
Tunix Home Arcade,
Schmid TVG 2000
Emulation info
Overall emulation:  good   
Color emulation:  good  
Sound emulation:  imperfect  
Graphics emulation:  good  
Savestates:  unsupported   

Tech info
S2650 ("maincpu")cpu 895000 Hz
Speaker ("mono")audio
Arcadia Audio Custom ("custom")audio
Screen ("screen")raster horizontal 192 x 262 @ 60.000000
Media devices
cartridge ("cartslot") cartridge cart bin
Software lists

Romset info
This system uses no ROMs (data is contained in the optional media)


* CPU: Signetics 2650A 3.58 MHz
* Co-Processor: Signetics 2637UVI (audio & video processing unit)
* RAM: 1024 bytes
* 128x208 in 8 colors
* 4 8x8 single color sprites
* single channel sound
* 2 controller with analog joystick and keypad


MESS requires a cart dump (in .bin format) in the "cartridge" (cart) device to run arcadia emulation. You can launch emulation using, at command line

mess arcadia -cart "C:\pathtogame\gamename.bin"


Controller Layout:

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9


Known Issues

* Look in hash/arcadia.hsi for some game-specific issues
* Sound emulation is imperfect
* Analog joystick emulation is imperfect

History and Trivia

Though what people generally think, the Emerson Arcadia 2001, is only a licensed system like many other ones software-compatible with it. Since the Arcadia 2001 is certainly the most known one of these systems, this console group has often been called "Emerson Arcadia 2001 clones". But the Emerson Arcadia 2001 was not necessarily at the origin of it.

Philips / Signetics developed a hardware platform to demonstrate the possibilities of their Signetics 2650 & 2636 chipsets. Somehow, this hardware was licenced (by Philips) to many third-companies around the world resulting in systems like the Interton VC-4000, Voltmace DataBase, Acetronic MPU-1000, ITMC MPT-05, etc.

Some times later, the hardware was improved, with the use of a Signetics 2637 instead of the 2636 (handling the audio & video). This resulted in a new wave of licenced systems, all based on the same hardware and playing the same games. The Emerson Arcadia 2001 was one of these systems.

These new systems, based on the 2650 & 2637 chipsets, are "software-compatible" with each others (but NOT compatible with systems of the Interton VC-4000 family). This means that the same code can work on all of them, and therefore that they all could play each other games if their cartridge slots were identical (which is not the case, resulting in the sub-groups listed below)

The Software library is not very impressive, but there are good reasons for that. First, some titles ar almost just direct ports from "Interton VC-4000 & compatible systems" group. Philips (remember, at the origin of this ystem) also had great plans for his new hardware platform. It released adaptations of famous Arcade classics (Pac-Man, Berzerk, Phoenix, etc.) but Atari sue them. Philips was then forced to deeply modify those games, resulting in poor adaptations... at least for the Arcadia 2001. In fact, outside US, other compatible systems sometimes had un-modified versions in their library (e.g. Robot Killer for the MPT-03).

The Arcadia is equiped with two detachable controllers made of a screwable joystick, a 12-buttons keypad (flat membrane buttons) and 2 fire buttons (they in fact have both the same function). Small plastic layers were delivered with each game, explaining the different key functions when placed over the keypads (like with the Mattel Intellisivision).

The Control panel is made of 4 buttons (Start, Clear, Select A and Select B) and the power on/off button.

Different Models

As previously mentioned, this hardware was sold from several firms with different names and slightly different cartridge connectors. Among the systems, belonging to the so-called "Arcadia 2001 console group", we can recognize 5 different families of consoles:

* Emerson consoles
* Advision: Advision Home Arcade (Fr)
* Bandai: Arcadia (Jp)
* Emerson: Arcadia 2001 (US), Arcadia (Au)
* GiG Electronics: Leonardo (It)
* Hanimex: HMG-2650 (De), HMG-2650 (Ca), Home Arcade Centre (UK)
* Intercord: Intercord XL 2000 System (De)
* Leisure-Dynamics: Leisure-Vision (Ca)
* Monaco Leisure: Tunix Home Arcade (NZ)
* Schmid: Schmid TVG-2000
* Tchibo: Tele-Fever (De? Sw?)
* Tele-Computer: Cosmos (Es)
* Tempest: Tempest Video Computer Game (Au)
* MPT-03 consoles
* Hanimex: Hanimex MPT-03
* Morning-Sun Commerce: Dynavision (Jp)
* P.I.C.: Ekusera (Jp)
* Poppy: Poppy MPT-03 Tele Computer Spiel (De)
* Prestige: Prestige Video Computer Game MPT-03 (Fr)
* Rowtron: Rowtron 2000 (Eu), Rowtron Video Computer Game MPT-03 (Eu)
* Soundic: Soundic MPT-03 (Eu)
* Tempest: MPT-03 (Au)
* Tobby: Tobby MPT-03 (?)
* Tryom: Tryom Video Game Center (US?)
* //Unknown//: Intelligent Game MPT-03 (US?)
* Orbit consoles
* Grandstand: Video Master (NZ)
* Orbit Electronics: UVI Compu-Game (NZ)
* Ormatu consoles
* Intervision: Intervision 2001 (Eu)
* Ormatu Electronics BV: Ormatu 2001 (Nl)
* Sheen: Sheen Home Video Centre 2001 (Au)
* Palladium consoles
* Mr. Altus: Tele Brain (De)
* Palladium: Palladium Telespiel (De), Palladium Video Computer Game (De)
* Polybrain: Polybrain Video Computer Game (De)
* Trakton: Trakton Computer Video Game (Au)

(info on models from Digital Archaelogy --


* Emerson Arcadia 2001 FAQ --
* Amigan Software / Arcadia 2001 Central (Huge Arcadia 2001 archive for download) --
* Emerson Arcadia 2001 Gaming Guide --
* Obscure Pixels (Many interesting weird & obscure stuff, including Arcadia 2001 / Interton VC 4000 compatible systems) --
* Digital Archaelogy: Emerson Arcadia 2001 --

Other Emulators

* 2001 (for DOS) --
* Emulator2001 (for Windows) --
* WinArcadia --

Edit the History info for this game.


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