The Intellivision Amico is a console that was supposed to release last year. It didn't and still doesn't have a release date, and yet there's eight games that can be bought for the un-released console. They're called Limited Collector's Boxed Edition Bundles, and they apparently are out early to celebrate the "company’s highly anticipated Amico video game console that launches in the upcoming months." I don't think I've ever heard of a company releasing games before it released a console, but hey, maybe it'll set the world on fire.
It hasn't been a good time for those waiting for the Intellivision Amico. Its specs were leaked via a developer portal and its release was delayed from its 2020 release date to October 10, 2021 (which it's now obviously passed). But hey, at least we're getting a new game from the Ecco the Dolphin team, so it can't be all that bad, right?
"Our goal was to take the best parts of traditional physical media, and the best parts of digital, and combine them into something very different and unique," explains Intellivision CEO Tommy Tallarico. “I am confident that collectors will really enjoy this!”
I mean, one man's garbage is another man's treasure, so I'm sure there are at least a few hardcore Intellivision fans that are thrilled by this news. The Collector's Boxed Editions themselves include 3-D lenticular cards, collectible coins for each game, and a RFID card that allows for a digital download of the game once you can actually play it. The games are also NFTs and part of a blockchain, and all Boxed Editions are fully transferrable if you find someone who wants an Intellivision game in 2021.
There are two Limited Collector’s Boxed Edition Bundles you can buy that are $79.99 each and come with four games. Limited Collector’s Boxed Edition Bundle – Volume 1 (Pack of 4) comes with Evel Knievel, Dynablaster, Missile Command, and Rigid Force Redux Enhanced. Limited Collector’s Boxed Edition Bundle – Volume 2 (Pack of 4) comes with Moon Patrol, Finnigan Fox, Biplanes, and Brain Duel. If you want to get both volumes you can also get the Limited Collector’s Boxed Edition Complete Bundle – (Pack of 8) that comes with all eight games and costs $149.99.
Want to see the games? Check them out below:
The system itself will apparently "redefine family entertainment" with all the Intellivision Amico games being family-friendly and free of profanity and violence. The system itself will come with two-color (oh, Intellivision, you shouldn't have) touchscreen controllers that everyone in the family should apparently be able to enjoy. Every game on the Amico can also be played in couch co-op, so if you want others to suffer with you, you have that option as well.
Jokes aside, this is a very curious little console and it'll be interesting to see if it ever gets off the ground. For more information on the Intellvision Amico as it launches in the next few months, stay tuned to TechRaptor.
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