Gamers from the '80s will recognise the name Intellivision. This unique system offered a serious challenge to the Atari VCS, but the video game crash of 1983 sank the home console sector in North America, taking the Intellivision down with it.
Still, the brand has endured, and in 2020 it will see something of a revival with the Amico, a brand-new console which mixes past glories with modern tech - and has some key former Nintendo personnel behind it.
Remember the name Perrin Kaplan? She was vice president of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Nintendo of America Inc. when she parted company with the firm in 2009, having joined as corporate communications manager in 1992. She oversaw the launch of pretty much every Nintendo system during that period and effectively created NoA's marketing department.
She's not the only big name involved; Beth Llewelyn worked in PR at Nintendo for 12 years, while Scott Tsumura was previously employed within Nintendo Software Technology. Alongside industry veterans such as David Perry (he of Shiny Entertainment fame), Phil Adam (founder of Spectrum Holobyte) and Mike Mika (who has worked at Disney and Capcom during his career), the team behind this new console clearly has the experience. The project is being headed up by none other than famous video game composer Tommy Tallarico, who is also a key name in the industry.
The Amico will use wireless, rechargeable controllers which boast motion-sensing capabilities and come with a screen, and you'll be able to download a smartphone app to turn your phone into a controller, too. 'Reborn' versions of classic Intellivision titles are expected to be available, but the trailer hits at other titles, including R-Type and Toe Jam & Earl. The footage even uses the NES box art for 10 Yard Fight.
These games - which are 'console exclusive' according to the trailer - will be made available via a digital store and will be backed by online leaderboards and personised achievements. Each title will be priced between $2.99 and $7.99, while the console itself is expected to retail for between $149 and $179 when it launches on the 10th October 2020.
It's an interesting play, for sure. Can a console such as this really find a space in a market dominated by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo? Is that price point going to be competitive enough to convince people to buy when they can pick up machines like the NES and SNES Classic for less? Will the Amico even make it to retail, given that all that appears to exist at present are concept sketches and that release date seems like a long way away? Share your thoughts with a comment below.