Tommy Tallarico of the Intellivision Amico team has revealed a brand-new game from the Ecco the Dolphin creators coming to the console and highlighted that there will be no Intellivision Amico microtransactions allowed on the system.
The Intellivision Amico is an upcoming family-friendly console with a bunch of great games including Earthworm Jim 4 and others. The pandemic made the launch of this console a challenge and it was ultimately delayed to later in 2021. It looks like it will be worth the wait, though — the company just revealed a new game coming from the Ecco the Dolphin creators, reviving yet another classic game (but with a new name).
Dolphin Quest is a New Intellivision Amico Game from the Ecco the Dolphin Creators
One of the major reveals in the Intellivision Amico E3 2021 presentation was pretty surprising: Dolphin Quest is a new game that's been made by the people who brought you Ecco the Dolphin on the Sega Genesis.
Ecco the Dolphin was a side-scrolling franchise of games where you played as a dolphin (as one might expect). A few games were made in the mid-90s, but we never really got to see a continuation of the franchise. (A port is available on Steam, though!) Now, a new game from the same creators is on the way and it looks very similar.
"And we even got the original Ecco the Dolphin team to create our new title called Dolphin Quest," Tommy Tallarico said during the Intellivision Amico E3 2021 presentation.
We then got to see a short gameplay video of Dolphin Quest. There wasn't much more in the way of details, but it does look fairly similar to what you might expect from Ecco the Dolphin on its face.
There Will Be No Intellivision Amico Microtransactions or Loot Boxes Allowed
Aside from the reveal of a bunch of games and an explanation of the console's features, Intellivision's Tommy Tallarico took the time to highlight one key fact: there will be no Intellivision Amico microtransactions or loot boxes allowed.
"We don't allow any loot boxes, in-game purchases, in-app advertising, or paid downloadable content[.]" – Intellivision's Tommy Tallarico
Instead, Intellivision Amico games will be a one-time purchase that can be bought digitally or via physical media; although the format for the physical media has yet to be revealed, but it looks like it may involve some kind of RFID system. Either way, that same RFID system can be used to redeem gift cards for the purchase of games.
The Intellivision Amico will come with some pack-in games, the first of which was revealed to be Skiing in late 2019. It will also be pretty easy to play your games with your friends: take one of your controllers to another Intellivision Amico console, and it will recognize it as "your" controller and open up access to all of the games you purchased on another system for as long as you're there.
It certainly looks like Intellivision has done a great job of cooking up the perfect family-friendly gaming console. If this sounds interesting to you, you can pre-order an Intellivision Amico with a fully refundable $100 deposit via its official website; the console and two wireless controllers will be available later this year starting at $249.99 or your regional equivalent.
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