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    Unhappy Supervision: handheld of the less fortunate

    "Many years ago, a beautiful country lost all the money suddenly. It could be the poisonous spider's doing."

    Holy Sssnake, it's finally here! The website that nobody demanded!

    Supervision: handheld of the less fortunate
    www.diskman.com/presents/supervision

    If you're familiar with the Supervision, you're probably laughing right now.
    If you're not familiar with the Supervision... oh boy, are you in for disappointment.

    This website is the result of 15 years [!] of research and collecting, and today (Oct. 4th, 2018) is its world debut.

    I'm sorry.

    There's also lots of other nifty, geeky, classic gaming stuffs on the main site, which you may enjoy a lot more than this Supervision nonsense...

    www.diskman.com
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    I've had a fascination with the Supervision for a long time after seeing it briefly in catalogs in the early '90s. I think I might have seen one in actual, genuine, not-at-all-a-fever-dream life back in said '90s. I have since bought three "games" for it, but haven't found a console to use them on. I also have an emulator for the Mac called OpenEmu, and they've been promising a Supervision emulation core for a couple years now, with no results. I just can't bear to pay a ridiculous amount online for the thing knowing I won't get any real use out of it, so I've been hoping emulation would show me what I'm missing. Not much, according to reviewers on YouTube.

    It looks like the same people cranked out most of the games for the system. I know Chimera was programmed in England, though. There was a bit about it in Retro Gamer Magazine. The game started out life on an 8-bit home computer, and many years later the programmer was contacted and asked to port it to the Supervision. I don't remember which magazine issue that was in, although it was probably about a year ago I read that. Maybe you can track down the article, get his info, and contact him for an interview about the game. Maybe get some 'behind the scenes' info about Supervision in the process.

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    I remember seeing an article or two about the Supervision in "Boy's Life" magazine back in my Cub Scout days. They touted its larger screen and other 'advantages' over the Game Boy. I was mildly intrigued, but never actually saw it for sale at any of the local stores. I wonder why..........
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    Nice, glad to see minor entries in gaming history can get such good coverage. Great site.

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    It's an interesting system but there's little demand for it. I'm basically stuck with the two boxed games I found earlier.

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    I have a system in my collection (the one with the bendable neck), but it has never worked. I need to fix it. I have no power adapter, but have put batteries into it.

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    Yo!

    Today there's been some cool [?] updates to the site:

    * Confirmation of "Cross High" existing as a standalone cartridge
    * Scans of Chinese-language instructions for six games + the Supervision itself
    * Scans of a damn near perfect TV-Link box, + instructions in six languages
    * Scans of Watary Italia advertisements, featuring the "Supervision ninja" <-- just ridiculous

    www.diskman.com/presents/supervision

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    IIRC there were 5 classes of handhelds back in the early 1990s, this is circa 1993:

    Luxury: Turbo Express
    Premium: Game Gear, Atari Lynx
    Mainstream: Game Boy
    Budget: Supervision, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy
    Cheap AF: Tiger handhelds / wrist games

    Quality game library: Game Boy, Game Gear, Turbo Express
    Okay game library: Atari Lynx
    Crappy game library: Supervision, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy
    So bad that AVGN calls them among the worst he's ever seen: Tiger handhelds
    Literal dog shit would be better: Tiger wrist games
    Real collectors drive Hondas, Toyotas, Chevys, Fords, etc... not Rolls Royces.

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    Today I've added blister pack insert scans for 2-in-1 Hash Block / Eagle Plan, Alien, and Dream World. The game instructions archive has also been added to: Especially take note of the Italian version of the Honey Bee instructions, which feature hand-written corrections that were simply xeroxed into the finished product! Amazing!! Finally, the ridiculous “Supervision ninja” makes his second appearance, courtesy Watary Italia's fabulous stickers.



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    looks like preproduction overwatch character art

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    Quote Originally Posted by WelcomeToTheNextLevel View Post
    IIRC there were 5 classes of handhelds back in the early 1990s, this is circa 1993:

    Luxury: Turbo Express
    Premium: Game Gear, Atari Lynx
    Mainstream: Game Boy
    Budget: Supervision, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy
    Cheap AF: Tiger handhelds / wrist games

    Quality game library: Game Boy, Game Gear, Turbo Express
    Okay game library: Atari Lynx
    Crappy game library: Supervision, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy
    So bad that AVGN calls them among the worst he's ever seen: Tiger handhelds
    Literal dog shit would be better: Tiger wrist games
    growing up in the 90s i was only aware of GameBoy and GameGear. Didnt know about Lynx til maybe within the last 5-10 years. Supervision i just heard about.

    There really wasnt a good handheld option until March 2003 when the GBA SP came out. It was about ten years too late. I remember using my light boy to play Super Mario Land on my DMG on the school bus. Its amazing how quickly the technology progressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    growing up in the 90s i was only aware of GameBoy and GameGear. Didnt know about Lynx til maybe within the last 5-10 years. Supervision i just heard about.

    There really wasnt a good handheld option until March 2003 when the GBA SP came out. It was about ten years too late. I remember using my light boy to play Super Mario Land on my DMG on the school bus. Its amazing how quickly the technology progressed
    You weren't aware of those Tiger handheld games? I'm surprised. The Turbo Express, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy, and Supervision didn't sell very many units, so I'm sure most people weren't aware of them in the 90s.
    Real collectors drive Hondas, Toyotas, Chevys, Fords, etc... not Rolls Royces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WelcomeToTheNextLevel View Post
    You weren't aware of those Tiger handheld games? I'm surprised. The Turbo Express, Mega Duck/Cougar Boy, and Supervision didn't sell very many units, so I'm sure most people weren't aware of them in the 90s.
    we had a couple of those Tiger handhelds but I never really thought of them as video games. I could never figure out how to play them and they seemed too rudimentary for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    we had a couple of those Tiger handhelds but I never really thought of them as video games. I could never figure out how to play them and they seemed too rudimentary for me
    You couldn't figure out how to play them because they were too simple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    You couldn't figure out how to play them because they were too simple?
    Graphics were too rudimentary I meant

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    I tried to upload a pic I took of an ad for the SuperVision but it said it failed

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    I tried to upload a pic I took of an ad for the SuperVision but it said it failed
    You're welcome to send it to me by PM, or e-mail (e-mail address is on my website).
    I'd certainly be interested to see ads I haven't seen before.
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    Today's tantalizing website update...

    I finally picked up a sort-of-like-new, boxed Magnum Supervision. I've been wanting one of those for a while, don'cha know. I've added scans of the box and instructions now, just for you. I also managed to get the kinda elusive Sonny X'Press complete in blister pack. So in case any of you were “going ape” over the insert & instructions not being available on the website, they're here now.

    What else, what else... OH! There's a scan of a Sonny sticker! Yep. It was adhered to the Sonny X'Press blister package, but I carefully removed it. No more monkey business with this last update: a rather uninteresting Hartung Supervision sticker. That's it for today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkenyon2 View Post
    Poor guy. I hope he doesn't intend on playing it.
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    Holy schnikes! I was finally able to make high-quality scans of all the Supervision cartridge label variations that I own. Are you ready for a heaping helping of bad artwork? Then you've come to the right place.

    Special thanks to Frank Cifaldi for suggesting an effective way to scan the uniquely shaped (inconveniently humped!) cartridges: by laying them over the edge of an 0.93 inch sheet of acrylic. I had to use a Canon 5600F scanner to get sharp, clear images, as my Epson Perfection V39 has a severe case of nearsightedness.
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    Bought a blister pack version of the QuickShot Supervision online, kindly asked the seller to please protect the cardstock insert against potential shipping damage. So of course, the guy crams the thing into a box an inch too short, and the insert gets bent. Well, whatever. I could still get a scan. And now, that scan is online. I also updated the grey box scans to include the Block Buster & Cross High 2-in-1. Enjoy!
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