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Intellivision IntelliXpander
« on: June 12, 2016, 18:18:39 PM »
OPCODE GAMES
has officially confirmed the:

IntelliXpander
System Enhancement Module


Scheduled for release in 2017. Estimates price range: $150.00 (price not final)

Also confirmed are two new games: Castlevania and Gradius  (estimated price: $50.00 each)
 
With possible releases of: Goonies, Knightmare, and Penguin Adventure.


Opcode Games Intellivision announcement FAQ
 
Q: Why has Opcode Games decided to enter the Intellivision scene?
A: Since we rebooted Opcode last year, it was already part of our plans to expand. For us the Intellivision was a natural fit, since we love the platform and see a lot of similarities with the ColecoVision. So why not spread the love?
Q: Is Opcode Games dropping support on the ColecoVision?
A: Absolutely not. For the time being the ColecoVision is still our main platform, and we have many new exciting things planned for 2017, as we hope to share with you later this year.
Q: What is the IntelliXpander?
A: Without going into too much detail (there will plenty of time for that later), the IntelliXpander drastically improves the Intellivision processing power without replacing any of the existing components. The benefits of such improvement are more complex games, more diverse and complex graphics and animations, and arcade realistic sounds (even including voices and other highly advanced effects). All inside a brand new plastic case (most possibly based on the IntelliVoice case, to keep a consistent look with existing Inty gear). It should also be compatible with most if not all existing Intellivision and IntelliVoice software.
Q: Isn’t the IntelliXpander just an April Fools prank?
A: It started as a prank, but kind of backfired on us, since we weren’t expecting anyone to believe it. And since we let the cat out of the bag, it made sense for us to go ahead and officially announce it.
Q: Is that a SNES Jr motherboard inside an IntelliVoice case?
A: No, that isn’t a SNES board, the IntelliXpander won’t run any SNES games, and while similar looking, the case won’t be identical to the IntelliVoice. And before you ask, that is not a video capture board either.
Q: Does the IntelliXpander have a NES-on-a-chip inside it?
A: No, it doesn’t. In fact, it isn’t related to the NES in any way.
Q: Does the IntelliXpander include a new video chip?
A: No, it doesn’t.
Q: Does the IntelliXpander use new proprietary cartridges?
A: No, it still uses the same cartridge format as the Intellivision, with no need for a special connector. The IntelliXpander games won’t run on a plain vanilla Intellivision though.
Q: How much it is going to cost?
A: It is hard to provide a definitive price figure at this point. Factors affecting price are the size of the case and the complexity of the module. Based on that, our best guesstimate is that it will be a little more expensive than the ColecoVision Super Game Module. However in the end the main factor is going to be the demand, since production costs are greatly affected (either positively or negatively) by the number of units that are produced. The unit will come with the usual deluxe box and manual.
Q: Can I pre-order now?
A: Not yet. Pre-order will start next year, once we are close to manufacturing. However we will have a waiting list soon in our website, please stay tuned.
Q: What games will be available for it?
A: We have two games initially planned, Castlevania and Gradius. Of course at least one of them will debut alongside the module. And we will keep producing new games after that, but we have nothing to announce regarding that at this point.
Q: Will 3rd parties support the IntelliXpander?
A: We hope so, but there is nothing decided yet, as we won’t be contacting developers until we have the first prototypes running.
Q: Does the IntelliXpander include a new video chip?
A: No, it doesn’t.

Additional Information from Opcode:
(minor revisions)

Opcode always try to keep hardware authentic, in the sense of what could have been done back in the day. In fact except for glue logic (Mattel could have used small proprietary chips anyways), Opcode always uses old stock parts that were available around the time these machines were still being made, so no FPGAs and such here. 64KB ROM cartridges with extra RAM could be technically possible back in the early 1980s, which may of been expensive in that era.
 
Mattel was not very willing to release anything bigger than 8KB ROM back in the day, so can you imagine they releasing a game with bankswitching ROM, extra RAM and a co-processor inside a cartridge? An expansion module is an one time buy proposition, so you don't have to pay premium prices on each game later. But in the end of day, what it is really important and rewarding is to sit in front of the TV with our Intellivision's and play some nice new games.
 
 
Additional Information from Opcode:
(minor revisions)
1) Opcode is NOT replacing any Inty component, we are adding, just like the IntelliVoice and ECS added functionally to the base system. These are officially released Mattel modules, expanding the Intellivision is not new.

2) Opcode is NOT releasing dual mode games for the same reason Mattel didn't release dual mode IntelliVioce and ECS software. It is not necessary releasing an expansion module and then releasing games that do not require it.
 
 
Thanks from Opcode:
The reason why we announced now was to gauge interest. To get a module like this made is a huge undertaking from a homebrew perspective, and believe me, the investment of time and money is quite considerable, so we needed to know if we were doing the right thing, and judging by the response we got (and thanks everyone for the support and warming welcome), we are convinced that we are in the right path. So we will go silent for the time being and hopefully when we are back we will have something relevant to show.
 
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Re: Intellivision IntelliXpander
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2016, 01:33:51 AM »
Cool! These are the same people who made the Super Game Module for the Colecovision and the quality of their work is excellent. Intellivision owners should be happy :)

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Re: Intellivision IntelliXpander
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2016, 04:12:20 AM »
Yep, same team.  It'll be quite intersting to see what they can do with this.  Damn, I'm going to need to figure out how to make space for all these new games! 
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Re: Intellivision IntelliXpander
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2016, 08:19:33 AM »
You are crazy Trek, you buy everything lol.


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Re: Intellivision IntelliXpander
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2016, 11:42:31 AM »
LOL 
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