Mattel Aquarius Roms Details
Aquarius is a home computer that was offered for sale by Mattel in 1983. It is based on the Zilog Z80 microprocessor with 4 KB of RAM and a keyboard with rubber keys. Mattel Aquarius ROM included a special version of Microsoft BASIC. You can connect a computer to a TV and use a recorder as a storage device. In addition, several additional devices for Aquarius were launched, including the 40-character thermal printer, the 4-color printer and a modem with a data rate of 300 baud.
Aquarius was not developed by Mattel, its designer, but was the manufacturer of electronic products called Radofin based in Hong Kong. It was announced in 1982 and put on the market in June 1983 for a price of 160 US dollars. Due to the low sales, Aquarius production was interrupted after four months. Mattel bought the rights to sell Radofin. Two other long-time companies, CEZAR Industries and CRIMAC Inc., also engaged in the sale of Aquarius and its accessories.
While Aquarius was cheaper than the Texas Instruments TI-99 / 4A and Commodore VIC-20, it had lower graphics and audio capabilities and limited storage capacity. Mattel's programmers called it a "seventies system." Of the 32 programs announced by Mattel, only 21 were released, most of which were games ported by Mattel Intellivision. Due to the fact that Intellivision had better graphics and sound capabilities, these games were better than in Aquarius.
Mattel Aquarius' most popular games and emulators can be installed on modern computers, Android and iOS devices. Everything can be downloaded for free on this page.