While not directly Atari, I still wanted to share this because it will have some Atari flavor to it as well...
Intellivision Amico is announced almost 40 years after the release of the original Intellivision® home video game system which helped to redefine the video game industry, Intellivision® Entertainment is proud to carry on its “Legacy of Firsts” by announcing the brand new revolutionary family home video game console named Amico™ to be released on October 10th, 2020 (1010 2020). Amico is the Italian word for “friend” or “buddy” and encapsulates an element of the approach and dynamics for what makes the new console so unique and an exciting addition to everyone’s family.
I was there when this was announced this weekend at PRGE and I really liked it. Tommy has really planned this out well and has a good idea of what they want to do with this machine. They also have hired some top people to help for marketing (the two people from Nintendo who helped market the Wii), a hardware engineer from Nintendo, etc. So, at least this has what sounds like a more solid plan than what Atari has said about their VCS.
The system will come in more colors (woodgrain among them), will have an external adapter so you can play original Intellivision carts, and will have games from not only Intellivision but also Atari and Imagic available. It will be interesting to see how things develop between now and October 2020!
from what i've seen so far, THIS is definitely the way to go about releasing a new console... i don't trust anything "mass produced" that needs kickstarter etc to get off the ground, certainly not from established brands, so i won't be touching the other systems... but i reckon i'll be getting my dirty little paws on this new inty when it gets released...
Hello Intellivision Family! We are very proud to announce that next week at the big E3 video game convention in Los Angeles, the Intellivision® Amico™ will be making its debut behind closed doors! Not only will we have playable machines and controllers but we are also excited to announce that we will be showing off 22 playable games! The reason it will only be seen behind closed doors is because we are still a year and 4 months away from launch and we want to be sure we can take the appropriate time with the appropriate folks to explain our goals. But we will be showing as much as we can as we are so excited about how incredible all of the games are turning out! Our commitment to bring family & friends of all skill levels back together in a room to play video games again is getting closer and closer each and every day.
We are taking a 4-pronged approach to our launch library. These 4 categories will all be represented at E3. Some people believe we are only a "retro" machine...to be clear, this isn't the case. And although classic games do represent a segment of our approach, they are equal to all the others. Here is a breakdown...
25% Classic/Retro - Re-imagined and upgraded favorites (including graphics, audio, modes and of course local Co-Op & Versus modes!)
25% Original IP's - Brand new games that no one has ever experienced and that shows off the fact that Amico has both a touch screen and tactile controls in a multiplayer environment.
25% Sports/Recreation - Not only the sports everyone would expect, but also a lot of casual and recreational sports like bowling, shuffleboard, pool, darts, fishing, etc.
25% Board/Dice/Card/Word/Puzzle Games - Something that most non-hardcore gamers will feel comfortable with and can play with their family & friends.
Whether you're a hardcore gamer, retro gamer, casual gamer or never played a game in your life... there really is something for everyone AND most games will be enjoyed by all skill levels having the opportunity to play together via our Karma Gaming Engine™ (referred to in our launch trailer last year as "Equal Opportunity Gaming").
Remember that ALL of the games are 100% EXCLUSIVE for Amico, created by some of the very best designers, producers and developers in the world. Throughout the rest of this year we'll be releasing more information about the teams and the products they are working on.
We are also happy to announce that we have opened a European office as well as an office in Dubai in the UAE! More info coming soon about the amazing folks we have running those offices. Incredible top industry veterans. Recently we added up all of the video game industry experience that just our top executive and internal creative team has and it added up to over 600 years!
Here is more exciting news: Next week we will also be showing off 5 different color combinations for the console! There may be more on launch, but you'll get a sneak peak at the 5 main ones we are working on.
We can't wait to share more information with you.
Thank you for your continued support and we're really looking forward to sharing some of the amazing hard work that over 300 people around the world and around the clock have been striving to achieve for E3.
Tommy Tallarico CEO/President Intellivision Entertainment
Yes, Tommy and his team are doing an excellent job showcasing what the system can do and they are light-years ahead of Atari with their VCS. It's unfortunate that Atari doesn't have their act together. The Intellivision folks sure do.
Probably not true but I would like to think it was the lesson they learned with the original release. The oringal in my opinion was the better system with more features like the intellivoice but lost to Atari rolling size advantage and name. The same thing Sony did with blu ray after losing the vhs beta max war.