Terebikko

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Japanese Terebikko Logo
Japanese version (left), versus the United States release (right). Only minor differences; bulk is the same.

Overview

From Wikipedia:

The Terebikko (てれびっこ) is an interactive VHS console game system released in Japan by Bandai in 1988. Titles released included a wide variety of known franchises, such as Super Mario World, Dragon Ball Z, and many more. The system was also released in the U.S. as the "See 'n Say Video Phone" by Mattel in 1989.

This page is written from a United States perspective, but most of the information here is identical for the original Terebikko. Differences will be pointed out where applicable.

Hardware

External Features

Keypad

Keypad of four "answering buttons":

  • 1 (RED)
  • 2 (GREEN)
  • 3 (BLUE)
  • 4 (YELLOW)

Handset

  • includes 'hook' button for picking/hanging up. (An output speaker.)
  • includes speaker (handset audio)

Speaker

  • A speakerphone speaker (An output speaker.)
  • A switch that toggles audio through the speakerphone or the handset audio.

Misc

  • LED light (lit when device is on and volume levels are OK) -- JP: "Volume Check"
  • Power switch -- JP: "Power Switch"

Input

  • Audio input (from VCR audio out, RCA jack input US, hard wired 3.5mm phono cable in JP)

Video Titles

See: Terebikko Video Titles

Gallery

Japan

USA

Resources and Links (Unsorted)

Misc

Video

Audio

Coding