Othello Multivision

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Othello Multivision
Manufacturer: Tsukuda Original
Built-in games: Othello
Release Date RRP Code
¥19,80019,800 FG-2000

The Othello Multivision (オセロマルチビジョン) is a licensed SG-1000 clone designed by Sega[1] and sold by Tsukuda Original. It exists because Sega's original intention for the SC-3000 computer was to allow other manufacturers to produce compatible computers in the hope of having a worldwide standard. Unfortunately, possibly with the emergence of the MSX, this tactic failed, and very few SG-1000/SC-3000 compatible machines were produced. The Othello Multivision was one of these machines.

Similar to the SG-1000, there are two versions of the Othello Multivision, named the FG-1000 (released 1983) and FG-2000 (released 1984) respectively. As well as being able to run SG-1000 and SC-3000 cartridges, the Othello Multivision saw a number of games and software released with Othello Multivision branding. The system also came with the game Othello built-in and both models shipped with an overlay which would explain the functions of each key.

One of the major problems with the Othello Multivision is that rather than rely on an external game controller for player one, all the controls for that player are built into the unit, while only providing a controller port for the second player.

The FG-2000 model brought a second controller port for player one. This model can easily be identified by the fact it uses blue keys rather than red ones and the fact the built-in joystick has been replaced with a directional pad. The FG-2000 also came bundled with a rebadged version of the SJ-150 gamepad that debuted with the SG-1000 II. In addition, the FG-2000 has the SG-1000's expansion port, making it compatible with several SG-1000 add-ons, including the SK-1100 which would enable the SC-3000's keyboard functions.

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SG-1000, JP (FG-1000)

SG-1000, JP (FG-2000)
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Sega SG-1000 Hardware
 SG-1000 Variations   SG-1000 | SG-1000 II | SC-3000 | SC-5000 | Othello Multivision | Pasocom Gakushuudzukue | SD-G5 | Arcade
Add-ons   Super Control Station SF-7000 | 4 Color Plotter Printer | Data Recorder SR-1000 | Sega Keyboard
Game Controllers   Joystick (SJ-200) | Joystick (SJ-300) | Joypad (SJ-150) | SJ-151 | Handle Controller | Bike Handle | Sega Graphic Board
Misc. Hardware   Card Catcher | Extension Cable Kit (JC-100) | SD-80 | Sega Compact Floppy Disk
Unlicensed Clones   Dina 2 in one | Fullwis Video Game FR-II‎
  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.4gamer.net/games/999/G999905/20230712065/ (Wayback Machine: 2023-07-20 16:18)
  2. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201308/12038274.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-08-18 19:25)