Intellivision Entertainment‘s Amico retro video game console is proving popular with gamers who are anticipating its October launch in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a presale, Intellivision has received more than 10,000 preorders for the VIP version of the Amico, which is available for presales until Tuesday. Tommy Tallarico, CEO of Intellivision, said in an email that the company started presales of the VIP version on March 31 for $249 (for the black and the white versions) and $279 for a woodgrain version. Those VIP versions come with two controllers, six games, a $25 gift card for more games, a 3D Lenticular playing card autographed by Tallarico, and three digital video game soundtrack albums. Tallarico said he was pleased with the latest presale, which ends on Tuesday.
“And that’s one of many wonderful issues about this,” Tallarico stated. “All this is happening during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”
Back in January, Tallarico stated that the corporate bought 2,600 Founders Edition Amico consoles in 5 hours. (The 2,600 quantity was a jab at rival Atari, which used to promote the Atari 2600 a long time in the past. Atari has had hassle getting its newest VCS console to market.) With all the preorders, shoppers put down a $100 deposit. But that quantity is totally refundable. So far, only a few have requested for refunds, Tallarico stated.
Above: Intellivision Amico is available in black, white, or wooden editions.
Major retailers have additionally positioned buy orders for greater than 100,000 retail models. But Tallarico stated that Intellivision needed to cease taking these buy orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has thrown the entire retail panorama into disarray. Tallarico stated he was inspired by the keenness of the followers.
“It’s really good considering we’re the new kids, the underdogs,” Tallarico stated. “Like Rocky Balboa.”
The unique Intellivision was a machine from Mattel that gave Atari a run for its cash within the early 1980s. Tallarico, the creator of Video Games Live, introduced in 2018 that he had acquired the rights to the console and its unique video games, and he deliberate to relaunch Intellivision as a retro model.
Tallarico bought a stake in Intellivision Productions from the property of former proprietor and founder Keith Robinson, who handed away in 2017.
Tallarico has relaunched the Irvine, California-based firm as Intellivision Entertainment, and he’s serving as president alongside among the unique Intellivision crew members.
Originally launched in 1980, the Intellivision console and its successors bought tens of millions of models over three a long time. The new Intellivision system (title TBA) will keep on the corporate custom of “firsts” with its new idea, design and strategy to gaming, Tallarico stated.
The console is predicted to debut on October 10, or 10-10-2020. Tallarico stated 23 video games are within the works, almost half of them new.