Intellivision's new console will release next October


Launches with 17 exclusive games

What’s old is new again, as the saying goes. At Gamescom today, Intellivision CEO Tommy Tallarico unveiled the Intellivision Amico. An old-school, family-focused, affordable device, Intellivision isn’t looking to take on the big three with the release of this console. Retailing for under $200 on October 10, 2020, this is more for people that wish to return to a simpler time in gaming’s history.

The specifications seem to indicate just that, too. The gamepads are centered on basic inputs, equipped with motion controls, and a very simple touchscreen. The game library consists of titles of all skill levels, with some edutainment games being thrown in. Games will be priced between $2.99 and $9.99 with no DLC, in-app purchases, loot boxes, or ads. Every title will be focused on family fun, with the highest age rating being E10+. You can even connect up to eight mobile devices to the Amico, letting as many people as possible get a whack at this thing.

In a surprise move, all games released for the Amico will be exclusive. In fact, the device will be launching with 17 exclusive games (as Tallarico’s Twitter states) from a wide range of genres. While nothing specific was shown off, that’s a bold move for Intellivision to make. I’m not sure it’s the smartest decision, but you have to admire the boldness of it.

I can’t say that I have any particular interest in this device, but I know plenty of older gamers have fond memories of the Atari/Intellivision wars. Seeing that name will likely be enough to push units to the more retro-inclined gamers among us.

[Ed Note – I made an error with the release date. The Amico will be releasing in 2020.]

Intellivision® Amico™ Gamescom 2019 Trailer [Intellivision via YouTube]