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Retro Console Gaming => Other Systems => Topic started by: TrekMD on October 24, 2018, 03:15:37 AM

Title: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 24, 2018, 03:15:37 AM
This is already posted on the main page but I thought I'd add a thread so we can talk about it...

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.

https://youtu.be/xokUnn1lBGA

I was there when this was announced this weekend 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!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 24, 2018, 15:07:26 PM
Looks nice and I still like the idea of this, but I have to question why they announced it so early. Two years is a long time away. It's nice that they are taking the time to get it right but who knows what the video game industry will be like by then. The retro game fad may be over.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 24, 2018, 15:31:19 PM
Yes, I was hoping it would be next year but I guess they want to take more time developing the hardware.  They are designing their own processor and hardware for this so maybe that is the reason it takes so long for this to be released.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: zapiy on October 25, 2018, 21:12:43 PM
Yeah I meant to add it here, got side tracked. This seems a nice idea at a good price, that could be why this is a success.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 26, 2018, 02:28:51 AM
I'm excited for them with this.  As you'd expect, though, there is plenty of negativity on the internet about it. I think this has a better chance to succeed than the Atari VCS.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: zapiy on October 28, 2018, 10:03:24 AM
Negativity is the internets biggest downfall, I can understand people's opinions but they should just not worry about it if they don't like it lol.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 28, 2018, 13:09:50 PM
Well, that's what people don't understand.  If you don't like it, you don't really have to start attacking it and keep at it.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on November 17, 2018, 15:07:54 PM
Here's an interesting article about the Amico.  You can learn about the team Tommy has assembled to help develop and launch the console:  Nintendo Wii Caught Lightning In A Bottle, Can Intellivision Amico Do The Same? (https://gamedaily.biz/article/379/nintendo-wii-caught-lightning-in-a-bottle-can-intellivision-amico-do-the-same?fbclid=IwAR3pR4QXdzftmkFDRt8e6__tkJSl2MWUl0O5cSPtbbrMysb15IEYOWIC8dI)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: onthinice on November 21, 2018, 14:22:56 PM
Wow! Looks like a great product.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on November 21, 2018, 15:07:22 PM
It definitely has the potential to be a very nice system. 
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: zapiy on December 02, 2018, 10:44:26 AM
It will all boil down to the pricing I think..
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on December 02, 2018, 14:07:53 PM
They have said they will keep it in the $100's, which should make it easier for people to get.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: HomerRamone2084 on December 02, 2018, 16:01:00 PM
This appears to tick a lot of boxes.. except the crucial one.. 2 years before its out (and this presupposes its not delayed - id love to think that this is why its 2 years away but my glass is generally 1/2 empty not 1/2 full :) )
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on December 02, 2018, 18:23:00 PM
They have assembled a good team, including people who helped Nintendo be successful, so give them a chance.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on January 18, 2019, 21:30:02 PM
Tommy shared this image of the controller...

(https://i.imgur.com/ejwKqAZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 19, 2019, 23:35:33 PM
Tommy shared this image of the controller...

(https://i.imgur.com/ejwKqAZ.jpg)

Huh, well that's certainly different!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on January 19, 2019, 23:41:47 PM
The screen on it is touch sensitive and can be used to play games on it along with whatever function a game requires.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on May 02, 2019, 02:29:16 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/bO4NUXU.jpg)
ORIGINAL EARTHWORM JIM™ TEAM REUNITES 25 YEARS AFTER INITIAL RELEASE TO CREATE A NEW EARTHWORM JIM GAME EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE UPCOMING INTELLIVISION® AMICO™ GAME CONSOLE


WATCH THE LIVE EVENT THIS SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019, NOON PT:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Intellivision/

YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/c/Intellivision

TwitchTV: https://www.twitch.tv/intellivisionamico/

Here is a video talking about the game's announcement...
https://youtu.be/dLJJBK6da0U
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 03, 2019, 15:11:47 PM
Nice to see Earthworm Jim making a comeback and it's a good exclusive for the new Intellivision.

However, bringing back the whole original team isn't a very good idea IMO. One of the main people behind the original game is a man by the name of Doug TenNapel. If you don't know who that is just google him, but basically he's very anti LGBTQ and has said some pretty bad stuff over the years.  Not a good look having him involved.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on May 03, 2019, 15:15:34 PM
Ah, I did not know that about that guy.  Maybe the Amico team doesn't know either, though a quick search does show he is quite vocal about his opinions. 
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on June 04, 2019, 01:32:39 AM
An update related to E3 was sent out today...

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
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 05, 2019, 15:32:52 PM
Really looking forward to seeing this at E3!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on June 11, 2019, 00:59:43 AM
Four of the colors have been revealed!  Check out this video:

https://youtu.be/jM4EOK78rwc

You can read more here:  Intellivision shows off colors for its Amico retro console (https://venturebeat.com/2019/06/10/intellivision-shows-off-colors-for-its-amico-retro-console/amp/).

And here:  Intellivision Reveals 5 Colors For Their Amico Console (http://www.cinelinx.com/news/intellivision-reveals-5-colors-for-their-amico-console/)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on June 24, 2019, 03:06:19 AM
Lots of good info on the system and some of the games here:  Intellivision® Reveals Initial Details For The Upcoming Amico™ Home Video Game Console!  (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/intellivision-reveals-initial-details-for-the-upcoming-amico-home-video-game-console-300734998.html)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on June 25, 2019, 19:52:49 PM
Starting to sound pretty good.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 19, 2019, 21:56:37 PM
Here's the new trailer for the system from Gamescom 2019...

https://youtu.be/TzE386pQOy4
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 20, 2019, 03:58:19 AM
That was really well done. I want to play that new Moon Patrol!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: zapiy on August 20, 2019, 21:16:08 PM
That looks slick as fuck!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 20, 2019, 23:47:45 PM
It sure does!  Here is another video that should be of interest...

https://youtu.be/NBqOV3ChWDQ
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 23, 2019, 21:20:35 PM
This is a really nice video from John Hancock talking about the Amico...

https://youtu.be/t8FKArvfuqo
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: poundlander on August 28, 2019, 19:17:20 PM
Another thing I'm holding off on though interesting.  They've been quite clear on not wanting outside developers initially.   So, as an indie developer and publisher this can't be something I get into.  I'm hoping Collectorvision will get something going and then they might ease up a little.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 28, 2019, 19:42:15 PM
I saw this earlier. https://twitter.com/TommyTallarico/status/1166741220254601216

Contact them and see what they say. :)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 28, 2019, 22:21:23 PM
Collectorvision has their new console now that is compatible with the ColecoVision and the 2600 with more compatibility coming:  Phoenix (https://collectorvision.com/shop/colecovision/collectorvision-phoenix/)
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 31, 2019, 03:25:45 AM
There's a pretty good feud going on between Tommy Tallarico, and Pat and Ian from the CUPodcast. If you go to the link in my last post you can see his Twitter account and just go back a few days to see the start.

Pat and Ian have talked about the new Intellivision a couple of times and their view is that there's no market for it. You can see the videos on their YouTube channel. They're being respectful about it but Tommy keeps harrassing them about it on Twitter and it's getting a little comical.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2019, 04:08:42 AM
Really?  I'll have to check that out. 
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 31, 2019, 04:51:16 AM
You should, it hasn't gotten too heated but it's definitely entertaining.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2019, 17:48:09 PM
Tommy is very passionate about what he's trying to do with the Amico, so I can see how this will keep going, particularly because of how vocal Pat an Ian have been against it!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on September 06, 2019, 00:46:20 AM
And then this happened...

https://youtu.be/kb13Fml9VXk
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on September 06, 2019, 01:48:35 AM
Yep, things are heating up now lol. I imagine the thread on AA is pretty active!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on September 06, 2019, 19:13:23 PM
I haven't even look in the AA thread but I imagine so! 
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on September 07, 2019, 20:07:33 PM
Well, I just looked in the AA thread and found this...

Quote
Hi Everyone,

This may be my last post on AtariAge.  I need one of the moderators to explain to me why people supporting me in this thread have had their posts deleted.  Tempest said he didn't want any "drama" and I think we all agree on that.  But the deleted posts that were sent to me on Facebook did not contain any drama and they were rightfully pointing out that I never attacked Pat on Twitter.  So please give me a response so I can make a decision as to whether or not I feel like this forum is a place that I would still like to participate in.  I enjoyed coming here to have fun and have positive discussions with like minded Intellivision fans like myself... but I can certainly do that at the Intellivision Invasion Facebook page as well (which I typically try to put some time in to).


In the meantime, I took an hour out of my day this morning to respond to Pat & Ian (aka long haired dude)  :D  Here is what I just posted and I hope you'll all take the time to watch it as I think it will help people understand why communicating and talking in person is so important.  Which is yet another big reason why Amico is going to be such a huge success.  :)


Yo PatTheNESpunk & pxlsicle. I took some time to give you a thoughtful response to your last video. Please watch & I hope that you better understand & you'll share my real feelings with your folks. And I hope to still talk to you guys if you'd like. This video is unlisted and no comments. Looking to set the record straight in a kind way. I reference or show MetalJesusRocks, johnblueriggs, THEREALRTU, RerezTV, DreamcastGuy, Attack, Victor_Lucas, SmashJT, kelslewin in the video. Hope it's okay. Thanks to all of our supporters and for the folks who misunderstand or have been led down a negative path... I hope you'll give a listen as well. This is why its important for people to communicate in person & not assume how someone feels without talking to them.

https://youtu.be/uiR7IvVp8TM

Tommy Tallarico
CEO/President
Intellivision Entertainment
www.IntellivisionEntertainment.com

Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on September 08, 2019, 01:04:23 AM
Wow, a 51 minute response! I started watching until he compared the 3DO to the Ouya and the Coleco Chameleon. That's enough of his opinion.

Seriously, I completely agree with Pat and Ian here. I've been positive about this new Intellivision but that's because I'm their target audience. I don't think the general public is going to care about this. I also think Tommy is acting a little crazy!
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on September 08, 2019, 04:36:37 AM
I haven't watched the video yet.  I also do think this is great system for those of us who use retro systems.  I'm not sure modern gamers will support it either but we may yet be surprised.  There are many people who are more casual gamers who will be attracted to a system like the Amico.  If it does not do well, though, it won't be from lack of trying.  Tommy has been talking about the system plenty and he has a strong team behind him.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on September 25, 2019, 00:15:55 AM
Smash JT sat in one of the most amazing places on Earth to perform an unconventional interview about a somewhat unconventional console, the Intellivision Amico.  Tommy Tallarico answers your questions about the upcoming Intellivision Amico while driving to Intellivision Headquarters... In his Ferrari.

https://youtu.be/O-QKAq-wVaE
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2019, 23:47:33 PM
Meet Amico™ - LED Disc Ring...

https://youtu.be/OQJ1PX1vTYE
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 12, 2019, 05:27:01 AM
Meet Amico™ - LED Disc Ring...

https://youtu.be/OQJ1PX1vTYE

The cost of this system is their biggest problem, and these controllers have to be a big part of it. They look cool and I'm sure they will do lots of neat things but who cares if nobody buys it. Keep the controllers basic and get the price down.
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on October 14, 2019, 01:42:05 AM
The Amico now has an official page:  https://www.intellivisionamico.com/
Title: Re: Intellivision Amico
Post by: TrekMD on December 04, 2019, 23:36:56 PM
Here is the latest video looking at the controllers for the Amico...

https://youtu.be/G2Ij5qFMWuE