Intellivision has announced a return to form with their announcement of a retro gaming console. Intellivision Entertainment has unveiled a new console named Intellivision Amico during their keynote presentation at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Intellivision Amico will be released on October 10, 2020.
The interesting approach of the manufacturer to games for the platform is that they’re taking a family-friendly approach exclusively. All of the games submitted to the game must be family-friendly, and will only be accepted if made in a 2D style reminiscent of retro games of the era of the original Intellivision consoles.
Ports of modern games will not be allowed either, and all games must be priced between $2.99 and $7.99, with no in-game purchases or DLC.
Speaking about the approach to only allow E10+ games on the platform, ESRB president Patricia Vance spoke well of enticing families back into classic gaming:
“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. 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.”
Intellivision has joined the ESA as well, giving the effort a renewed sense of legitimacy.
The Amico will debut on October 10, 2020. Exact price points and full game libraries have not been confirmed yet. But we do know some of the games from Intellivision, Imagics and Atari consoles will be released for the console.
Intellivision games such as Tron Deadly Discs, Astrosmash, Nightstalker, and Baseball will feature on the platform. Atari classics such as Asteroids, Tempest, Centipede, Lunar Lander, and Missile Command will be available as well. Other obscure or more popular titles will be on the Amico too, such as Moon Control, Super Burgertime, Lode Runner, ToeJam and Earl, R-Type, Spelunker, and Bad Dudes. All of the games will be digitally distributed via a central marketplace which the company will strictly controls.
The Amico uses an HDMI connection, has Wi-Fi support and uses bluetooth for the controllers. The console will have a price between $149 and $179 Check out the official website for more details.