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See below for specifications and information on this system.
Specifications and information
|Key Dates:||Announced January 1983|
|Display Capability:||40 characters by 24 lines, 80x72 16-color graphics|
|Operating System:||ROM BASIC|
|Input/Output:||Built-in keyboard; cartridge port; composite video output; cassette port|
|Other Items in Collection:||Second unit|
|Items Needed:||Mini-Expander; tape drive; documentation; cartridges|
The Mattel Aquarius, announed at the 1983 Winter Consumer Electronics Show, was not the smash hit that Mattel had hoped for. This was 1983, and "chiclet" style keyboards were a thing of the past (see 1977's Commodore PET).
Mattel eventually announced a replacement version with a standard size keyboard, but it never shipped, and the line was discontinued.
In the picture of the Aquarius above, the game cartridge bay is covered by a black plastic cover.
This is the Aquarius Mini-Expander unit with dual joypad controllers. The Mini-Expander plugs into the Aquarius cartridge slot, provides two cartridge slots of its own, and the jacks for the joypads.
Here's a shot of an Aquarius game cartridge, along with its keyboard and joypad overlays:
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