Game On!: The Old-school Video Game Console Quiz
by Staff
People around the world spend more than $90 billion a year on video games — not bad for an industry that's only a few decades old. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the consoles and cartridges that started it all.

Which company released the first home video game console in 1972?

  • Magnavox
  • RCA
  • Atari

Which of the following features was famously lacking in the Odyssey?

  • color
  • sound
  • color and sound

How many Odyssey units were sold in the first year of the console's release?

  • 100
  • 100,000
  • 500,000

What 1972 Atari game rushed a host of home console clones?

  • "Frogger"
  • "Pac-Man"
  • "Pong"

Which store sold the first home version of "Pong" in the United States?

  • Sears
  • J.C. Penney
  • Wal-Mart

How many cloned versions of Atari's home "Pong" console flooded the market between 1975 and 1977?

  • 10
  • 30
  • 60

What company introduced the first central processing unit-based console to the American market in 1976?

  • Atari
  • Fairchild
  • Sega

When did Atari release it's classic Video Computer System (VCS) console, which would later be known as the 2600?

  • 1977
  • 1980
  • 1983

What classic Atari game did both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have a hand in creating?

  • "Breakout"
  • "Pac-Man"
  • "Pitfall"

What 1982 Atari game do many video game fans lament as one of the worst games in history?

  • "Tennis"
  • "Pong"
  • "E.T."

Which toy company released the Intellivision console in 1980?

  • Mattel
  • Milton Bradley Co.
  • Hasbro

Which company produced the Game and Watch, a portable gaming system that was wildly popular in the early '80s?

  • Nintendo
  • Sega
  • Coleco

What legendary game came with the ColecoVision console?

  • "Frogger"
  • "Pong"
  • "Donkey Kong"

When did Nintendo release its first home console?

  • 1977
  • 1980
  • 1983

What did Atari call its version of "Space Invaders"?

  • "Meteors"
  • "Asteroids"
  • "Mars Attacks"

Which of the following was the first handheld console that used interchangeable cartridges?

  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Milton Bradley Co. Microvision

How many Atari 2600 consoles did Atari sell by 1992?

  • 30 million
  • 10 million
  • 1 million

What was the best-selling game ever released for the Intellivision?

  • "Auto Racing"
  • "Major League Baseball"
  • "Dragonfire"

Which game came standard with the Intellivision console?

  • "Dracula"
  • "Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack"
  • "Carnival"

True or false: Around 30 percent of all American households had a NES by 1990.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following games did NOT come standard with the NES when it was released in 1985?

  • "Super Mario Bros."
  • "Duck Hunt"
  • "Gyromite"

Which company released the Telstar Arcade — a triangular console — in 1977?

  • Mattel
  • Coleco
  • Sega

What famous game was a sales disaster for Atari when it was released in March 1982?

  • "Atari Video Cube"
  • "Berzerk"
  • "Pac-Man"

Which game came standard with Sega's Master System when it was released in North America in 1986?

  • "Sonic the Hedgehog"
  • "Galaxy Force"
  • "Hang-On"

True or false: The NES sold more than 60 million units worldwide.

  • true
  • false

What is the name of Sega's pre-Sonic rival to Nintendo's Mario?

  • Frankie Fox
  • Alex Kidd
  • Crash Bandicoot

Which classic NES game was originally released with a gold-colored cartridge?

  • "Cowboy Kid"
  • "Back to the Future"
  • "The Legend of Zelda"

Which game came standard with Atari's 2600 console when it was released in 1977?

  • "Night Driver"
  • "Combat"
  • "Brain Games"

Which came first — the Game Boy or Game Gear?

  • Game Boy
  • Game Gear

Who hit the home console market first — Mario or Sonic?

  • Mario
  • Sonic