System Amico Manufacturer Intellivision Launch 10 October 2021 System cost £249.99 TBC (Console, cables, two controllers, six games) Game cost £2.99 to £9.99 TBC (digital); select titles also available at £19.99 TBC (physical)
Intellivision wrote:Bringing people together again Isn't it true that your fondest memories of playing video games are when you played together in the same room with a group of people? Much has changed in gaming since Intellivision began, with games becoming more isolating, complicated, and competitive. Using technology, creativity, and unrivaled passion, our team is on a mission to bring family and friends together again.
Fun for everyone Premium, family-friendly games for all skill levels.
And we mean everyone > Amico comes with six premium, pre-loaded games, with additional games ranging from $2.99 - $9.99
> No bad language, graphic violence/blood or sexual content - every game on Amico is rated E for Everyone or E10+
> Gameplay adapts to your skill level
> No ads, downloadable content, loot boxes, or in-game purchases
> Extensive game library ranging from sports & recreation, educational & brain games, party games & retro classics, to your favorite table games — there’s truly something for everyone
> Intellivision Amico hardware design (10 October 2020)
> Intellivision Amico gameplay trailer (10 October 2020)
Okay... now obviously the Amico isn't a replacement, or even a challenger, for the power consoles such as those marketed by Sony and Microsoft. It's looking to reach the mass market; perhaps the kind that used to play on the Nintendo Wii and DS systems before moving on to mobile platforms. Intellivision is looking to get families and friends playing videogames in front of the television again by delivering a relatively low-cost system that has a variety of simple games at attractive prices. The core tech in the system is mobile based but adds the unique controllers that have some interesting features that could encourage fun play techniques.
I feel that Intellivision has a tough task in terms of raising awareness of the system. They're a relatively small company who won't have a huge marketing budget but they have to try and get people to check the system out. On paper, the game pricing could prove very attractive compared to the pricing of other console formats. The games will be much simpler, of course; but that could be an attraction in itself for much of the target audience.
Lets see how this pans out!
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I like the idea of games being like 3 to 10quid, it seems very spectrumy but the price point for the system is too high, also fair enough touch screen, disc and motion controls but how about a simple d pad and an A, B and pause.
Id sooner see an 80 quid unit with a more basic controller with the 3 to 10quid games and put software out there to help people make games for it using a pc that they can then submit for release on a profit share basis. Maybe this sounds silly but its what id see as an alternative to the current types of console and something id potentially buy.
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Hee! I'd kinda thought that the system may not appeal to most GRcadians .
I genuinely like the idea of the console, though; family/friends multiplay with potentially new and interesting control mechanisms. The £250 price point looks a tough ask but you do get two controllers and six games pre-loaded. The game pricing itself is attractive, too.
It's a good shout to say that the Xbox Series S is the same price... but the type of games and the cost of them differs; I think they're aimed at different parts of the market. It'd be great if the price point could be £199 but, recognising that Intellivision is not a huge company and they need to provide support for games developers, that may not be possible. The team behind the system have a lot of passion for the project and I like that.
There's no doubt that I think the Amico could have a difficult time gaining attention but I do hope that it can finds it's market. I am keen to jump on board with the system but I'll see how things go over the next six months until release.
In the meantime, I'll fly the Club Amico banner and keep this thread updated with developments .
One of the games that I'm most looking forward to seeing is Night Stalker. It's a remake of the original 80s game and it looks to have kept the basic approach whilst ramping up the graphic and sonic effects. The "blob" aliens and level transitions look particularly nice. I could imagine this being pretty fun in multiplayer mode.
Tomous wrote:I think a £99 price point and they might have got some interest.
Yeah, the price point is a tough call, Tom. The two controllers do have colour touch screens on them, as well as the disc, buttons, gyro and microphone , and I think they form a unique selling point for the system. Having watched a few game vids, I think they could be used in some interesting ways. The idea is that they can be used by folk who wouldn't necessarily find a, say, Dualshock 4 easy to use; they could present a more natural way of playing, rather like the Wii Remotes... which were indeed quite divisive amongst more "core" gamers!
I would love to see a £199 price point but that may be tough to hit. The game pricing makes up for it, though; with a range of around £3 to £10 this could be appealing to folk who don't want to pay the generally higher prices associated with the more powerful consoles.