The Intellivision Amico Console is Gathering Steam for a 10/10/20 Release

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  1. superwally

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    So, over the last couple years I've been keeping my eye on Tommy Tallarico and his revival of the groundbreaking Intellivision brand with high hopes. As other retro console revivals have been hit and miss, I was hoping this was legit and not a cash grab. The console is set to arrive 10/10/20, and is aimed at the family gaming market. It will feature new titles as well as re-imagined versions of the original games for the system.

    For those unfamiliar, Intellivision was a player in the Atari/Coleco era, introduced in the late 70's. It never captured more than 20% of the market, but the games and system were ahead of their time and introduced 16 bit gaming, Professional Sports licensing, and a host of other features later copied by everybody. Unfortunately, it sort of never got the credit it deserved, and lives on mostly in the minds of those who played it or stumbled upon it via the 'Intellivision Lives!' disc-based games that could be purchased for PC or the major consoles. There is also very good re-issued console called the Intellivision Flashback that was sold in department stores here in the USA for a time, you can still find them on ebay. The controllers were an exact re-make of the original, it was quite well executed.

    Initially Tommy's revival effort was regarded with skepticism within the industry, or disregarded entirely-family gaming is dead! However, in the last several months, as more information, images, and demos have been shown, there seems to be a real buzz for the console building, and more than a few reviewers have it on their short list for the biggest gaming-industry surprise for 2020. Some are thinking we could have another Wii-level explosion on the way. I'm not sure about that, but since the original was pretty much the only console I played back then, so I'm very happy with the way this revival is being handled and that so far the buzz has been positive.

    They appears to be aiming for a $200-$230 price point, with games costing less than $10, and the idea is that they will be available in retail outlets that may not carry more expensive consoles. Special editions will be available, as well as different colors.

    Anyone else been watching this develop, or just interested in the concept? There is a ton of positive feedback on Youtube and Reddit, but I am assuming these are mostly middle aged fanboy types (like me), and was curious how the whole thing looks to people who are not coming from the direction of nostalgia or familiarity.

    Links to various info sources:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Amico/

    https://www.intellivisionamico.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ycBH0-kgp8kDqU_yfAHKw

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  2. Tired Tyres

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    None starter. I've still got my original Intellivision from back in the day and it still works so I know what I'm talking about.

    Why would anyone want something so graphically basic as that? Yes it looked good to me back then but seriously no.
     
  3. superwally

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    I still have my old one also, not sure what that has to do with it? It's not like they are just putting out a bunch of old games.

    The reboot is less a nostalgia exercise than another attempt at family-based, all together in one room, playing on one screen, gaming. Did you look at any of the links or are you just making assumptions?

    As I said, it's not just an old console made new again. Graphically basic games don't seem to stop people from playing them on a phone, and paying, and paying, and paying....

    Opinion noted.
     
  4. daan

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    This is not what you think it is.

    Go to https://www.intellivisionamico.com/ and scroll down.
     
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    Well, I doubt it's any indication of the interest level outside the fanbase, but it's worth noting that all 2600 signed, limited edition Amico consoles (at $300 each) sold out in 6 hours yesterday.
     
  6. SPhilli911

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    This is interesting, I'd get one, if only to experience re-imagined versions of the original games with my family now.

    The Intellivison was my first console, a hand-me down from my dad, and my siblings and I used to play for hours. Though, he had so many sports games I wasn't into, I quite liked Pitfall, Night Stalker, Star Strike, Armor Battle, Mission X, and Space Hawk to name a few. Sadly, we gave the console and all games away only last year.