Note: The collective of former Intellivision developers who ran Intellivision Productions through the 90s into the 2010s have a website featuring information as they remember it, as well as from internal documentation. While these are good sources of information, contemporary reporting and advertising is still relied upon for these dates when possible given the variety of production and distribution issues reported on during the Intellivision’s lifespan on the market. Also used as a general source is an internal sales document graciously shared with me that lists the year that games shipped for all first-party games up into June 1983; while this does not indicate that games were for sale, outside of year-end edge cases it’s a pretty good guide.

1979

NOVEMBER:

Mattel plans for a test market launch for the fall of 1979 in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, while Sylvania would have its own test launch for its own branded version of the Intellivision in Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Mattel’s test launch ultimately is scrapped, but Sylvania goes through with theirs. The Blue Sky Rangers indicate a Mattel-branded test launch did take place at Gottschalks stores around Fresno, California, however, and a handful of newspaper ads have turned up that bear this out.  – Source: Weekly Television Digest, October 15 1979; Weekly Television Digest, November 12, 1979; Weekly Television Digest, November 26, 1979; Modesto Bee, December 7 1979; Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; San Francisco Examiner, December 23 1979Blue Sky Rangers Intellivision History

APBA Backgammon – Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Mattel cartridge shipment memo, November 23 1983; Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980Blue Sky Rangers game list

Armor Battle – Source: Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980; Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Mattel cartridge shipment memo, November 23 1983; Blue Sky Rangers game list

Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack– Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Mattel cartridge shipment memo, November 23 1983; Blue Sky Rangers game list

Math Fun – Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Mattel cartridge shipment memo, November 23 1983; Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1980

FEBRUARY:

Mattel begins its broader test marketing for the Intellivision in the Los Angeles, New York and Chicago regions, and begins advertising nationally in May; the Intellivision is widely available by the fall. – Source: Weekly Television Digest, November 26 1979; Weekly Television Digest, April 14 1980Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, March 27 1980

Checkers – Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, March 27 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Major League Baseball – Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, March 27 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

NBA Basketball – Source: Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, March 27 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

NFL Football – Source: Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980; Modesto Bee, December 10 1979; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, March 27 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

MAY:

Auto Racing: Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980; Honolulu Star Bulletin, May 28 1980; Los Angeles Times, November 9 1980Frederick The News, December 3 1980;

NHL Hockey – Source: Allentown Morning Call, February 17 1980; Honolulu Star Bulletin, May 28 1980; New York Daily News, July 2 1980; Santa Ana Orange County Register, November 30 1980; Muncie Star Press, September 5 1981; Modesto Bee, September 13 1981;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

OCTOBER:

Sea Battle – Source: St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980; Blue Sky Rangers game list

Space Battle – Source: Alton Telegraph, October 11 1980; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980; Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

NOVEMBER:

Horse Racing – Source: Santa Ana Orange County Register, November 30 1980; Frederick The News, December 3 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

NASL Soccer – Source: Dover Times Reporter, November 27 1980; Blue Sky Rangers game list; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980

Word Fun – Source: Blue Sky Rangers game list; Santa Ana Orange Counter Register, November 30 1980

 

DECEMBER:

Las Vegas Roulette – Source: Santa Ana Orange County Register, November 30 1980; Dover Times Reporter, November 26 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

PGA Golf – Source: Dover Times Reporter, November 27 1980; Los Angeles Times, November 9 1980; Blue Sky Rangers game list; St. Joseph Herald Palladium, December 24 1980

 

1981

JANUARY:

Tennis – Source: Dover Times Reporter, November 27 1980; Los Angeles Times, November 9 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

US Ski Team Skiing – Source: Los Angeles Times, November 9 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

NOVEMBER:

Astrosmash – Source: Modesto Bee, September 13 1981; Anderson Daily Bulletin, November 20 1981; Fort Lauderdale News, November 14 1981; Coshocton Tribune, November 25 1981;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Boxing – Source: Coshocton Tribune, November 25 1981; Dover Times Reporter, November 27 1980; Electronic Games, May 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

PBA Bowling – Source: Fairbanks Daily News Miner, November 25 1981; Coshocton Tribune, November 25 1981;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Snafu – Source: Richardson Daily News, November 26 1981; Coshocton Tribune, November 25 1981; Fort Lauderdale News, November 14 1981; Anderson Bulletin, January 9 1982; Panama City News Herald, January 13 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Space Armada – Source: Modesto Bee, September 13 1981; Fort Lauderdale News, November 14 1981; Garden City Telegraph, October 3 1980;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Triple Action – Source: Fort Lauderdale News, November 14 1981; Coshocton Tribune, November 25 1981; Richardson Daily News, November 26 1981; Passaic Herald News, January 31 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1982

JANUARY:

Star Strike – Source: Passaic Herald News, January 31 1982; Appleton Post Crescent, January 31 1982; Asbury Park Press, February 4 1982; Fort Lauderdale News, May 14 1982; Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

JUNE:

Night Stalker – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Great Falls Tribune, June 11 1982; Des Moines Tribune, June 16 1982; Fort Lauderdale News, June 18 1982; Salina Journal, June 20 1982; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Reversi – Source: Burlington Free Press, June 9 1982; Detroit Free Press, June 12 1982; Salem Statesman Journal, June 27 1982; Austin American Statesman, July 2 1982; Anderson Daily Bulletin, June 30 1982; Winnipeg Free Press, July 2 1982; Fort Lauderdale News, June 18 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Space Hawk – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Great Falls Tribune, June 11 1982; Des Moines Tribune, June 16 1982; Fort Lauderdale News, June 18 1982; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, July 30 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Sub Hunt – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Salina Journal, June 20 1982; Fort Worth Star Telegram, July 25 1982; Winnipeg Free Press, July 31 1982; Baltimore Sun, August 15 1982; Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, August 12 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Utopia – Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12 1982; Salem Statesman Journal, June 27 1982; Austin American Statesman, July 2 1982New York Daily News, July 14 1982; Fort Worth Star Telegram, July 25 1982; Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

JULY:

Frog Bog – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1982; Computer Entertainer, September 1982; Salem Statesman Journal, June 27 1982; Daily Oklahoman, September 4 1982; Austin American Statesman, July 2 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

SEPTEMBER:

The Intellivoice add-on module was likely released this month. – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1982; Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Port Huron Times Herald, September 2 1982;

B-17 Bomber – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Los Angeles Times, September 25 1982; Port Huron Times Herald, September 2 1982; Pensacola News Journal, October 10 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Bomb Squad – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Donkey Kong – Source: New York Daily News, September 15 1982; Los Angeles Times, September 25 1982; Boston Globe, September 19 1982; Des Moines Register, January 1 1983; Park City Daily News, September 26 1982

Lock ‘N’ Chase – Source: Port Huron Times Herald, September 2 1982; Los Angeles Times, September 25 1982; New York Daily News, September 15 1982; Daily Oklahoman, September 4 1982; Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; Blue Sky Rangers game list

Space Spartans – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Los Angeles Times, September 25 1982; Port Huron Times Herald, September 2 1982; Pensacola News Journal, October 10 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

OCTOBER:

Mattel determined the Keyboard component was not worth doing a wide release for following the New Orleans and Seattle test markets. – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Ottawa Citizen, September 8 1982; White Plains Journal News, September 5 1982; Orlando Sentinel, October 7 1982; Pensacola News Journal, October 10 1982; Bradenton Herald, October 13 1982; Democrat and Chronicle, October 17 1982; Port Huron Times Herald, October 21 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Atlantis – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; San Francisco Examiner, October 10 1982

Beauty and the Beast – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; San Francisco Examiner, October 10 1982;

Carnival – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982

Demon Attack – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; San Francisco Examiner, October 10 1982

Microsurgeon – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; San Francisco Examiner, October 10 1982

TRON Deadly Discs – Source: Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982; Bradenton Herald, October 13 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

NOVEMBER:

Pitfall! – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

Stampede – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982

TRON Maze-a-Tron – Source: Park City Daily News, September 26 1982; Computer Entertainer, December 1982;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

DECEMBER:

Royal Dealer – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1982; Computer Entertainer, January 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1983

JANUARY:

Dragonfire – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Mouse Trap – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

Shark! Shark! – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Sharp Shot – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Venture – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983

 

FEBRUARY:

Swords & Serpents – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983; Odessa American, March 27 1983

TRON Solar Sailer – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

MARCH:

Dracula – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1983; Odessa American, March 27 1983

Ice Trek – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1983; Odessa American, March 27 1983

USCF Chess – Computer Entertainer, March 1983; Computer Entertainer, April 1983; Los Angeles Times, March 5 1983; Herald News, March 20 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

VectronSource: Computer Entertainer, April 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

APRIL:

Frogger – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983

Nova Blast – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983, Odessa American, March 27 1983

Truckin’ – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983, Odessa American, March 27 1983

 

MAY:

Happy Trails – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Safecracker – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

Tropical Trouble – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1983, Odessa American, March 27 1983

White Water – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983, Odessa American, March 27 1983

 

JUNE:

Burgertime – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Lady Bug – Source: Computer Entertainer, June 1983

 

JULY:

Buzz Bombers – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Mission X – Source: Computer Entertainer, July 1983; Blue Sky Rangers game list; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

 

AUGUST:

Popeye – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Tutankham – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Zaxxon – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

 

SEPTEMBER:

Beamrider – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Blockade Runner – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Dreadnaught Factor – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Q*Bert – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Montreal Gazette, September 17 1983 

Sewer Sam – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

 

OCTOBER:

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Blue Sky Rangers game list;  South Bend Tribune, December 9 1983; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983

Donkey Kong Junior  – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1983

Fathom – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1983

Motocross – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Pinball – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Worm Whomper – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983; Activision press release

 

NOVEMBER:

Bump ‘N’ Jump – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Kool-Aid Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

DECEMBER:

The Intellivision ECS module reportedly came out this month, and though its games seem to be in short supply given Mattel’s exit from the video game market in 1984 and a lack of evidence, those not named in CE or other advertising are being placed into this month accordingly. – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Centipede – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983; Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Congo Bongo – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Defender – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983

Jetson’s Way With Words – Source: Blue Sky Rangers game list

Loco-Motion – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Melody Blaster – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1983;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Mr. BASIC Meets Bits ‘N’ Bytes – Source:Blue Sky Rangers game list

Pac-Man (Later rereleased by INTV) – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984

Scooby Doo’s Maze Chase – Source:Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1984

Mattel sells Intellivision rights to a former executive, who then forms INTV Corporation and begins selling Intellivision hardware and software through mail order by the end of the year. Source: Blue Sky Rangers history

JANUARY:

River Raid – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1984; Activision press release

Turbo – Source: Computer Entertainer, February 1984

 

JUNE:

Mind Strike – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1984;Blue Sky Rangers game list; Spokesman Review, December 1 1983 

World Series Major League Baseball – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1984;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1985

In Europe the Intellivision saw Championship Tennis and World Cup Soccer. – Source:Blue Sky Rangers game list

OCTOBER:

Thunder Castle – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1985; Computer Entertainer, February 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

World Championship Baseball – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1985; Computer Entertainer, February 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1986

The Intellivision reentered national storefront distribution by July, as Toys ‘R’ Us agrees to begin stocking games and hardware due to successful test market sales in New York and Los Angeles. – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1986

MAY:

Championship Tennis – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1986; Computer Entertainer, June 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

World Cup Soccer – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1986; Computer Entertainer, June 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

AUGUST:

Thin Ice – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

OCTOBER:

Super Pro Football – Source: Computer Entertainer, October 1986; Computer Entertainer, November 1986;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

NOVEMBER:

Hover Force – Source: Computer Entertainer, December 1986

 

1987

MARCH:

Tower of Doom – Source: Computer Entertainer, April 1987; Computer Entertainer, May 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

APRIL:

Diner – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Triple Challenge – Source: Computer Entertainer, May 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

JULY:

Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Dig Dug – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Learning Fun I – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

OCTOBER:

Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey – Source: Computer Entertainer, November 1987;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

DECEMBER:

Commando – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1988; Computer Entertainer, February 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Learning Fun II – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball – Source: Computer Entertainer, January 1988; Computer Entertainer, February 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1988

National store chains stop carrying Intellivision products and INTV returns to doing mail-order business. – Source: Blue Sky Rangers history

MARCH:

Pole Position – Source: Computer Entertainer, March 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

FALL:

Body Slam: Super Pro Wrestling – Source: Computer Entertainer, September-December 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Mountain Madness: Super Pro Skiing – Source: Computer Entertainer, September-December 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

Super Pro Decathlon – Source: Computer Entertainer, September-December 1988;Blue Sky Rangers game list

 

1989

FALL:

Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball – Source:Blue Sky Rangers game list

Stadium Mud Buggies Source:Blue Sky Rangers game list