The Intellivision FAQ

Frequently Asked  Questions for the classic console , updated for 2022 and beyond!

This Intellivision FAQ contains real questions-and-answer sets, attribution for content creators, and links to media.

This version is based on the  last edition from Larry Anderson,   including comments from Keith Robinson (thanks to Steve Roney for sharing). We obtained permission/blessing from Larry Anderson to carry this forward as a service to the Intellivision fan/player community. 

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Many of the same questions are asked in web forums, on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. What is obvious to the Intellivision faithful isn’t obvious to the casual person that found a Tandyvision at a yard sale and wants to learn a little bit, for example. This refreshed FAQ can help. Because source links are included to sites and references that are pretty obscure, it should be easier to find info in this new version.

Answers for example in 2015 (or 2007 or 1998, etc) are just as valid as they are now, but the answerers may be long gone, so we’re leveraging (Wayback Machine) where possible, and in other cases we’ll use “Intellivision Echo”, a publicly-accessible and geo-redundant cloud storage spot to hold media we find that might be in danger of being lost. 

Most of the content from the original FAQ has been migrated to here, and we’re working to include notes and archives to add more info Q&A pairs (everything from PAL/NTSC video conversions to game clubs to IntyBASIC development to music to TV POWWW replication to JLP to the Tutorvision), everything we can find!

We’re not looking to replace info at any of the primary Intellivision sites, but rather have decent answers to common questions with pointers to those sites (eg BSR history, Intv Funhouse, etc).

Anyone that wants to submit content to make the FAQ better, feel free to contact us. 


Now available: Copies of the PDF documents from Dave Chandler “Papa Intellivision” have been OCR’d and converted to searchable versions. Available at Papa Intellivision Searchable Content