Intellivision Amico

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Intellivision Amico
Intellivision Amico Logo.jpeg
DeveloperIntellivision Entertainment
TypeHome video game console
GenerationNinth generation
Release date
  • October 10, 2020; 6 months' time (2020-10-10)
Introductory priceUS$229 TBC
US$279 TBC (Limited Editions)
US$299 (Founder's Edition)
Mediadigital downloads, SD card
Operating systemCustom Android/Linux operating system
CPU8 core 1.8GHz CPU[1]
Memory2 GB RAM[1]
Storage16 GB flash memory, SD, USB storage[1]
DisplayHDMI (1080p)[1]
Controller inputIntellivision Amico controller,[1] Android/iOS device
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, USB[1]
Power12V power[1]
Dimensions11 × 9.5 × 2.5 in (279.40 × 241.30 × 63.50 mm)[1]
PredecessorMattel Intellivision
Websitewww.intellivisionamico.com

The Intellivision Amico is an upcoming video game console produced by Intellivision Entertainment. It is set to launch in North America, the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the MENA region on October 10, 2020 with an expected retail price of approximately US$229.[2][3] The console is slated to include six games preloaded at launch with an additional 40 titles available at that time.[4]

Concept[edit]

The Intellivision Amico will mostly feature 2D and 2.5D games only. 3D games will be allowed, as long as they are easy to play and easy to learn. Intellivision Entertainment is providing studios with any resources they need to develop games to put in their curated library of games. All games must have features exclusive to the console, and must be rated E or E10+ by the ESRB, or PEGI 3 or PEGI 7 by PEGI. Intellivision Entertainment plan to release a mixture of completely new games, updated classic games and motion control games for the Amico. Updated versions of many of the popular classic Intellivision games will be available with improved graphics and sound and, unlike previous Intellivision compilations, will include some previous third-party licenses, such as Tron: Deadly Discs. New versions of several classic Atari games, as well as games from Imagic and arcade classics such as Moon Patrol and BurgerTime, are in development. Both downloadable games and games on physical media will be available, with downloadable versions of games costing US$9.99 or less, and special edition releases being available on SD cards for US$30.[5][6][7][8] The Amico's goal is to return to family gaming and "couch co-op" among people in the same location which the company feels has been lost in modern gaming and web-based multiplayer.[9]

History[edit]

Development[edit]

In May 2018, Tommy Tallarico announced his plans to launch a new Intellivision console and formed a new company, Intellivision Entertainment, serving as president.[10][11] Intellivision Productions was renamed Blue Sky Rangers Inc. and their video game intellectual property was transferred to the new Intellivision Entertainment.[12][13]

At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in October 2018 the new Intellivision console was officially unveiled, including its name and launch date of October 10, 2020. Developer kits were expected to go out in Summer 2019.[9]

In May 2019 Intellivision Entertainment revealed its first major console exclusive title, announcing that it had assembled ten members of the original Earthworm Jim team to create a third installment in the franchise in honor of its 25th anniversary.[14][15] The following month, the company debuted the functioning Amico hardware behind closed doors at E3 2019, allowing industry insiders to play in-development games on one of the functional console variants, and try out the compatible phone controller mobile app.[16]

At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in August 2019 Tommy Tallarico debuted a trailer that contained in-game footage running on the Amico hardware to the public for the first time.[17] In October 2019, Tommy Tallarico attended Insomnia Dubai, a gaming convention held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to announce they set up an office in Dubai to launch the Amico in the MENA region on the same day as North America and Europe.[18]

Hardware[edit]

Console[edit]

The console features Wi-Fi, HDMI out, an SD card slot, and several USB ports.[19] The body also features built-in LED ambient lighting that can change pattern and color in response to gameplay.[20]

Intellivision Amico console and controllers, Woodgrain Edition

Controller[edit]

Intellivision Amico controller
DeveloperIntellivision Entertainment
TypeVideo game controller
GenerationNinth generation
Release date
  • October 10, 2020; 6 months' time (2020-10-10)
CPUUnknown CPU[1]
MemoryUnknown memory[1]
Display3.2 in (81.28 mm) 4:3 TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen[21], full-color, 320 × 240 QVGA[1][22] @ 125 ppi
SoundSpeaker, microphone[1]
Input
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, USB-C[1]
PowerUSB-C host powered[1]
Dimensions6 × 2.75 × 1 in (152.40 × 69.85 × 25.40 mm)[1]
PredecessorIntellivision controller

The Intellivision Amico comes bundled with two controllers. The controllers can charge wirelessly when they are placed into their cradle on top of the console, charge using a wired USB-C connection, or charge using both methods at the same time. They feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, speakers, a microphone, an accelerometer, force feedback, and a gyroscope. They also feature a 3.2 in (81.28 mm) full-color touch screen, four oversized shoulder buttons, a home button and a 64-way pressure-sensitive directional disc[1][23][24] surrounded by a ring of LEDs.[25] The controllers come with wrist straps[1] to prevent them from flying away during game action if not held securely. Up to six additional players can connect, with players able to use a free controller smartphone app in place of an Amico controller when needed.[26]

Games[edit]

Tommy Tallarico, president of Intellivision Entertainment, has said the games available for the Amico will be about 25% updated and re-imagined versions of classic video games, 25% original new games, 25% sports and recreation and 25% board/dice/card/word/puzzle games. All games will be both single player and multiplayer, with some games allowing up to eight players, simultaneously, using controllers and/or mobile phones. Some games will have motion control, utilizing the accelerometer and gyroscope of the controller. Five games will come included with the Amico, and it will have about forty more games available at launch. Three of the five included games have been announced as Skiing, Snafoo, and Astrosmash.[27][28][16][29][citation needed][This statement is lacking citations for Snafoo and Astrosmash]

The following games have been announced to be released for the Intellivision Amico:

Title (59) Genre Developer Release date
10 Yard Fight Sports 2020/21
Archon Strategy
Armor Battle Action 2020
Asteroids Shooter, arcade 2020
Astrosmash Shooter Rogue Rocket Games 2020
Auto Racing Racing 2020
B-17 Bomber Action
Back Talk Party Party 2020
Bad Dudes Beat 'em up
Baseball Sports 2021
Beauty and the Beast Action
Biplanes Action 2020
Bocci Sports
Bowling Sports 2020
Boxing Sports
Breakout Arcade 2020
Burgertime Arcade 2020
Caveman Ninja Platformer
Cloudy Mountain Crown of Kings Action Other Ocean 2020
Cornhole Sports
Cosmic Ark Shooter
Darts Sports
Demon Attack Shooter
Dracula Action
Dragon Fire Action
Earthworm Jim 4 Intellivision Entertainment 2021
Ecco the Dolphin Action-adventure 2020
Farkle Dice 2020
Football Sports 2020/21
Frog Bog Action 2020
Frogger Arcade
Horse Racing Racing
Ice Trek Action
Kung-Fu Master Beat 'em up
Lock 'N' Chase Arcade
Lode Runner Platformer, puzzle 2020
Math Fun Educational
Microsurgeon Shooter 2020/21
Miner 2049er Platformer 2020/21
Missile Command Arcade 2020
Moon Patrol: The Milky Way Chronicles Arcade WastedStudios 2020
MotoRace USA Racing
Night Stalker Shooter Other Ocean 2020
Pong Action
Pool & Billiards Sports
R-Type Arcade 2020/21
Safecracker Action 2020/21
Shark! Shark! Action 2020
Shuffleboard Sports
Skiing Sports Aesir Interactive 2020
Snafoo Action
Soccer Sports
Spelunker Platformer 2020/21
Soccer Sports
Texas Hold'em Card
Toejam & Earl Action 2020/21
Tron Deadly Discs Action Other Ocean
Tropical Angel Action
Utopia Real-time strategy

[29][30][23][31][32][33][citation needed][This table is lacking citations for many of its entries and games or titles are subject to change][34]

Operating system[edit]

The Intellivision Amico utilizes a custom Android/Linux operating system developed in-house. In an interview with GamesBeat, Tommy Tallarico described the operating system as "very solid", but "very flexible", stating Linux is the "flexible" part and Android is the "solid" part.[28]

References[edit]

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