Intellivision Amico console announced and will focus on family-friendly games

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The Intellivision was a home video game console that came out during the time of the Atari 2600, and now Intellivision company has announced that it will have a new video game console coming out on October 10, 2020 called the Amico. With the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch targeting hardcore gamers with controllers featuring a lot of buttons, Intellivision is aiming to do the opposite of that by offering simple games for the whole family. It’s appropriate since Amico is Italian for “friend” or “buddy”. A reveal trailer has been released, and it shows off all its accomplishments like being the first 16-bit console, first talking video game, first console to offer digital distribution, first pro sports licensing, first creators of the console wars and more. In addition, it features a different controller compared to the typical controllers offered by Sony and Microsoft.

“We are creating a console that parents WANT to buy, not that they were asked to buy,” said Intellivision president Tommy Tallarico during Portland Retro Gaming Expo. He added, “Most every game being made for the home consoles these days is created with only the hardcore gamer in mind. We see a world where everyone is interested in playing at home and with friends, but this isn’t currently possible because the barrier to entry is nearly impossible for a non-gamer due to the complexity of the controllers, intricacy of gameplay, expense of the hardware and software and steep learning curve with an unbalanced fun factor for the beginner. Our goal was to create a console that both gamers and non-gamers are able to have fun with and play together. The Intellivision Amico is our answer to this gaping hole we see within the current video game industry.”

The last time we had a console that had gamers and non-gamers coming together was the Nintendo Wii. Critics were quick to dismiss it, but it sold over 100 million units since its launch.

The Intellivision Amico price range has been revealed including software overview and controller details. Check it out below:

PRICE RANGE (RETAIL)

US $149 – $179

NORTH AMERICAN, UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPEAN RELEASE DATE

October 10, 2020 (1010 2020)

SOFTWARE OVERVIEW

  • All games are family friendly and rated “E for Everyone” or “E10+”.
  • Every game version on the console is EXCLUSIVE.
  • Quality over quantity! All games must past a strict quality control seal of approval.
  • Balanced gameplay and design for Equal Opportunity Gaming™ for all.
  • All games are downloadable and between US $2.99 – $7.99.
  • No costly DLC (Downloadable Content) add-on’s or “In-App Purchases”.
  • Launch to include several built-in reimagined Intellivision Classics (pre-installed in every console) and over 20 games including both reimagined industry classics and brand new exclusive titles via the Intellivision Online Store.

CONTROLLERS

  • 2 wireless Bluetooth controllers (up to 8 player compatible and connectivity).
  • 3 ½ inch (2:3 aspect ratio) Color Touchscreen.
  • Pioneering tilting positional disc with surrounding interactive LED border.
  • 4 arcade-style tactile feedback buttons.
  • Gyroscope & Accelerometer.
  • Force feedback.
  • Controller to be used horizontally or vertically including dominant left or right-hand usage.
  • Qi (pronounced “CHEE”) wireless onboard charging.
  • Speaker
  • Microphone
  • Free downloadable app enables mobile phones as additional controllers (up to 8 players).

HARDWARE & TECHNOLOGY

  • State of the Art 21st Century 2D Image Processing and Graphics Capability
  • Intellivision Prism™ Onboard Interactive Lighting Technology.
  • WiFi/BT & Ethernet Connectivity.
  • HDMI Video Output.
  • Multiple USB Ports
  • System Expansion Interface.

ONLINE

  • Intellivision Online Store for the ability to purchase additional software.
  • Multi-player online gaming and structured multi-tiered tournament play.
  • Time & Space Leaderboard System™ which includes high scores by locations and calendar.
  • Trophy/Achievement rewards system which awards unique accomplishments to each player.

REIMAGINED GAMES

Includes updated graphics, modernized audio, additional levels, multi-player modes (local and online), tournament modes AND MORE!

Intellivision Classics REIMAGINED and REMADE EXCLUSIVELY for the Intellivision Amico:
Astrosmash, Shark! Shark!, Baseball, Night Stalker, Skiing, Math Fun, SNAFU, Utopia, Frog Bog, Boxing, Bowling, Triple Action, Tron Deadly Discs, Cloudy Mountain: Crown of Kings, Star Strike, Horse Racing, Auto Racing, B-17 Bomber AND MORE!

Atari Classics REIMAGINED and REMADE EXCLUSIVELY for the Intellivision Amico:
Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, Tempest, Adventure, Missile Command, Yar’s Revenge, Breakout, Lunar Lander, Night Driver, Sky Diver, Warlords

Imagic Classics REIMAGINED and REMADE EXCLUSIVELY for the Intellivision Amico:
Microsurgeon, Atlantis, Demon Attack, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Ice Trek, Swords & Serpents, Dragonfire, Truckin’ AND MORE!

Other Games REIMAGINED and REMADE EXCLUSIVELY for the Intellivision Amico:

  • Miner 2049er
  • Super Burgertime
  • Bad Dudes
  • Caveman Ninja
  • Moon Patrol
  • R-Type
  • 10 Yard Fight
  • Lode Runner
  • Spelunker
  • Kung-Fu Master
  • MotoRace USA
  • Tropical Angel
  • Archon
  • ToeJam & Earl

“The average age of a gamer today is 34 years old, and the market reflects that with a broad array of games for people of all ages. Of course, some parents may find that many of those games are not age-appropriate for their children,” said ESRB president, Patricia Vance. “Intellivision’s policy to only offer games rated E for Everyone and E10+ for Everyone 10 and up on its new system makes finding the right games easier for busy families, especially those with young gamers.”

Yeah, this will definitely turn off the gamer crowd looking for mature content, but that’s what Sony and Microsoft are for.

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