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Topic: Come on, give the Intellivision Amico some love, retro game fans. You know you want to... ;)

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ThanosReXXX

So, as far as we know now, it would appear that the team behind the spiritual successor to the original two Intellivison video game consoles is coming, and because I always wanted an Intellivision back when me and my cousins were still playing games on our simple Atari 2600, but I ultimately never got one, the prospect of getting a rebooted/re-imagined version has actually kind of reignited that old spark, and has certainly piqued my interest as a retro game lover, so I'm hoping that around October 2020, we might actually see this system come to live and land in stores.

In order to also try and ignite the spark in others, and to give the Intellivision some well deserved love, I decided to start this forum topic, and if it doesn't ignite any spark within people that are on the fence or simply just not interested, then it'll still be an interesting enough topic of conversation, for the other 9 people besides me, who were actually interested after having read that Earthworm Jim 3 article...
(or who were already interested last year, after having read the original article about the console itself)

And of course, if you actually did own, or still own, an actual vintage Intellivision I or II, then this is also the right place for you to share your thoughts, likes, dislikes and memories.

So, without further ado, here goes...

Let's start with a video, listing 10 things you need or might want to know, if you're interested in this system:

While looking at this video on YouTube, I also came across this video, which tells us about the history of the planned but never released Intellivision III and IV consoles. It might even be some food for thought which might explain/clarify why the team behind the current Intellivision concept are so adamant about reviving this classic, and in some ways pretty far ahead for its time, console brand...

Either way, enjoy the videos and let's start the discussion!

Edited on by ThanosReXXX

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NintendoByNature

At the price point, it might be an impulse buy from me. At least for messing around with and some EWJ!

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Tasuki

This thing will be joining the Coleco Chameleon and Ouya soon enough.

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Moroboshi876

I don't see it being a success, especially in a market without available spots. Tell Sega about it. Tell Microsoft now, who is fighting to keep its share.

But I'd love it to be otherwise. Anyway, I'll follow the news and see what happens.

The Earthworm Jim "3" announcement is certainly appealing, but will this be enough of a killer app? It's bold, because not releasing it on the much more established systems will hurt its sales severely, and that would be a shame for a project like this, but I don't think we're going to see more appealing announcements like this one. After all, if the leader of the Intellivision Amico was a member of Earthworm Jim staff it's even natural what they just said. Not that we're going to see similar things in the future, am I right?

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Moroboshi876

According to this info, it looks more like a novelty, a sort of "classic-mini" with built-in games but with the possibility of acquiring more.

They're only going to release already existing games with a twist mostly, and more importantly, family friendly simple games with easy controls and gameplay.

It's not a bad idea actually, but hardly a system that will be remembered for many years after its release.

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FullbringIchigo

the problem is it's digital only and IF this crashes and burns (which it probably will) it doesn't even have the option of playing old Intellivison cart games

one of the reasons digital only console don't do well is because once the service goes down they are completely useless, just look at the Ouya

i don't even think the XB1s A.D will do that well either

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Moroboshi876

@FullbringIchigo But NES and SNES Mini have the same problem, right? They don't have access to the eShop, but don't have cartridge slots either. I'm certain that the Amico will have the same way to expand the library than those 2 mini consoles.

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FullbringIchigo

@Moroboshi876 kind of but i think the main difference there is that they are set games built in and they ain't designed to have any extra games so in 10 years time you can still play it and all the games on it

the NES Mini, SNES Mini, PlayStation Classic and Mega Drive Mini are just novelty plug and play systems at the end of the day, not systems whose longevity depend on continued support from publishers, like this new Intellivison is

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ThanosReXXX

@AlohaPizzaJack And that's the thanks I get, for trying to put up an interesting article in the forums...

@Tasuki The problem with the Chameleon was that it was never a real thing to begin with, and the Ouya was a highly outdated Android console, which basically made it a crippled smart phone or tablet in a box.

The Amico is made with proprietary 2D based chipsets, and is solely meant to reboot existing Intellivision and Atari games, so it's not meant for modern games or smart phone games.

And just look at the people behind it: almost half of the original Intellivision team, 3 ex-Nintendo executives, and at least 6 other industry veterans.

Now, that doesn't mean that this is going to be massively successful by default, but it sure as hell stands a far bigger chance to become a moderate success, at least, with such people behind it.

Most other efforts, even the most recent one from Polymega, are just enthusiast efforts, with hardly any big name people behind it. If any.

Intellivision fans will more than likely want to see this happen, and people that have a love for retro games, or even people with a preference for quirky little systems like this might also be highly interested.

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Darknyht

I grew up with an Intellivision II and a fairly large library of games (including an Intellivoice). As much as I love what is known as Minotaur, Nightstalker, and Tron: Deadly Discs; this probably isn't going to make much waves. The Imagic games (Atlantis, Tropical Trouble, Beauty and the Beast, Dragonfire) and Activison titles will probably be missing and they are some of the best, as will any of the licensed stuff that cannot be cleaned (Masters of the Universe, Tron, Bump N Jump, Burgertime, and a few others). All that is left is the same games that have been re-released over and over again.

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@HobbitGamer I didn't even know the Intellivision existed until I was in high school and AVGN did his video on it. lol

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