Intellivision took the stage at E3 today to show off their Amico console and promote exclusive content on the way. The new console is designed for couch co-op and high score games and is marketed towards not just gamers, but anyone who can sit on a couch and pick up a controller. Many classic games, like Breakout, Astro Smash, and Missile Command are getting brand new remasters exclusive to the console and some have even been redesigned entirely to allow for more ease of play and better interactivity via the Amico’s unique controller.
The controller boasts 64 different directional inputs and pressure-sensitive controls, meaning that for the first time ever, your character actually WILL jump higher the harder you press the buttons. Each controller is also equipped with a color screen, which Intellivision promises will bring a new layer of fun to each game it’s used in. The example shown at the conference was simple, but effective: a high score-oriented game where the player in last could check their screen to see where some secret goodies would appear before their friends. Amico controllers are also able to transfer entire games across consoles, so if you bring a controller over to a friend’s house you’ll have access to any game on your home console as well as theirs. These controllers, along with the console, are also equipped with LED lighting to react to the game and add to the fun. Finally, the entire surface of the console is RFID capable, meaning that if you place an Amico gift card anywhere on the console it will register and interact with it. Altogether, the Amico console definitely boasts some impressive tech to back up its classic collection.
That’s not all, though. The exclusives coming to the Amico are enough to excite any fan of the classics. A new Bomber-man was shown off alongside some updated classics, the team behind Eco the Dolphin has been brought back to work on what looks to be a spiritual successor to the Dreamcast classic, and the brand new Earthworm Jim 4 is in development as an Amico exclusive. Needless to say, Amico won’t have any lack of games upon release, which is good because the games for the console will cost only about $10 digitally upon release, with a slightly raised price for physical copies.
Excited for a blast to the past and want to learn more about Amico? Check out Intellivision’s home page here, and for all things E3, stay tuned at mxdwn.