The Intellivision Amico is an upcoming video game console produced by Intellivision Entertainment. The system was first revealed in October 2018 and pre-orders began in April 2019. Initially set to launch on October 10, 2020, the console was delayed to April 15, 2021, and again to October 10, 2021, exactly one year after its originally intended launch. The system will launch with 35 games, including six pack-in titles.
Intellivision Amico in Glacier White
|Type||Home video game console|
|Introductory price||US$249 (Graphite Black & Glacier White)|
US$299 (Galaxy Purple)
|Operating system||Custom Android/Linux operating system|
|System on a chip||Unknown 8-core 1.8 GHz|
Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Storage||32 GB flash memory, 1x microSD|
|Controller input||Intellivision Amico controller, Android/iOS device, Bluetooth controller|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, wireless contact charging, 1x USB-C|
|Power||12V DC barrel plug|
|Online services||Amico Game Shop|
|Dimensions||11 × 9.5 × 2.5 in (279.40 × 241.30 × 63.50 mm)|
The Intellivision Amico will mostly feature 2D and 2.5D games. 3D games will be allowed, as long as they are easy to play and easy to learn. Intellivision Entertainment is providing studios with resources they need to develop games to put in their curated library of games. All games must have features exclusive to the console, and must be rated E or E10+ by the ESRB, or PEGI 3 or PEGI 7 by PEGI. Intellivision Entertainment plan to release a mixture of new games, motion control games, cards and other tabletop games, educational games, and updated classic video games for the Amico. New versions of many Intellivision games with improved graphics and sound have been announced including some from Imagic. New versions of several classic Atari games as well as other reimagined arcade classics such as Moon Patrol and BurgerTime are expected around launch. Downloadable games, available via the Amico Game Shop, will cost US$9.99 or less at launch, with more expensive games for less than US$40 releasing later. Physical editions with RFID download keys will be available at retail for approximately US$20 to US$30. The Amico's goal is to return to family gaming and "couch co-op" among people in the same location which the company feels has been lost in modern gaming and web-based multiplayer. Because of this, all games will be both single-player and simultaneous local multiplayer, up to eight players. The console will not have online multiplayer at launch.
In May 2018, Tommy Tallarico announced his plans to launch a new Intellivision console and formed a new company, Intellivision Entertainment, serving as president. Intellivision Productions was renamed Blue Sky Rangers Inc. and their video game intellectual property was transferred to the new Intellivision Entertainment.
At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in October 2018 the new Intellivision console was unveiled, including its name and launch date of October 10, 2020. Developer kits were expected to go out in Summer 2019. In May 2019, Intellivision Entertainment revealed its first major console exclusive title, announcing that it had assembled ten members of the original Earthworm Jim team to create a fourth installment in the franchise in honor of its 25th anniversary. The following month, the company debuted the functioning Amico hardware behind closed doors at E3 2019, allowing industry insiders to play in-development games on one of the functional console variants, and try out the compatible phone controller mobile app.
At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in August 2019 Tommy Tallarico debuted a trailer that contained in-game footage running on the Amico hardware to the public for the first time. In October 2019, Tommy Tallarico attended Insomnia Dubai, a gaming convention held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to announce they set up an office in Dubai to launch the Amico in the MENA region on the same day as North America and Europe.
In January 2020, Intellivision Entertainment made 2,600 special Founder's Edition vintage wood-grain bundles available for pre-order. The number 2,600 was a jab at long-time competitor Atari and its 2600 console. The allotted amount sold out in five hours. The company opened another round of VIP pre-orders in late March of that year. Within a few days, over 10,000 additional units were pre-ordered with several days remaining in the sale. At that time, Tommy Tallarico stated that Intellivision had also received purchase orders for 100,000 units from major retailers but further orders were put on hold because of manufacturing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mixed crowdfunding/investment company for video games Fig announced its acquisition by Republic, a larger crowdfunding/investment company in April 2020, allowing Fig to open itself to larger campaigns. On that announcement, it opened a campaign for Amico pre-orders, as well as for those that wanted to invest in the console.
On May 14, 2020, it was announced former Microsoft executive and Xbox co-founder J Allard had joined Intellivision Entertainment to serve as the company's global managing director, assisting the company in launching the Amico.
On August 5, 2020, during a YouTube video special event it was revealed that due to specific quality criteria that could not be fulfilled in time for October 10, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after consulting with retail partners, distributors, manufacturers and "other trusted allies", the release of the Amico would be delayed from October 10, 2020 to a new target release date of April 15, 2021, or April 3, 2021 (a pun on a rocket launch countdown, presented as "4, 3, 2, 1, launch!") for the Founders Edition consoles, unless the situation caused by the pandemic were to change. On February 17, 2020, in an update video posted to YouTube it was revealed the release of the Amico would be delayed further, also due to issues caused by the pandemic, to October 10, 2021, exactly one year after its originally intended launch.
On September 16, 2020, it was announced that Chinese manufacturer Ark Electronics was awarded the contract to produce the Intellivision Amico due to their experience, expertise and long-standing reputation as a leader of innovation in the manufacturing industry.
The console features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, HDMI out, a microSD card slot, a charging cradle for two Amico controllers on the top, passive cooling, and one USB-C port on the back for accessories and expansions. The body also features a built-in LED ambient lighting system with 40 independently controlled LEDs that can change pattern and color in response to gameplay, known as Interactive Guidance Lighting. This feature is intended to make playing games on the console "fun and memorable" while also helping guide players in an interactive way. The console will launch with five available colors: Glacier White, Graphite Black, Vintage Woodgrain, Galaxy Purple and GTO Red.
Animated render of the Intellivision Amico controller
|Type||Video game controller|
|Introductory price||Approx. US$60 TBC|
|Display||3.2 in (81.28 mm) 4:3 TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, full-color, 320 × 240 QVGA @ 125 ppi|
|Sound||Speaker, microphone, haptic force feedback|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID|
|Power||Wireless contact charging, USB-C|
|Dimensions||6 × 2.75 × 1 in (152.40 × 69.85 × 25.40 mm)|
The Intellivision Amico comes bundled with two controllers, designed to be ambidextrous for right or left handed preference. The controllers can charge when they are placed into their cradle on top of the console, or charge using a wired USB-C connection. The battery charges in 2 hours, and provides 4–6 hours of continuous gameplay on a full charge. They feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, speakers, a microphone, an accelerometer, haptic force feedback, and a gyroscope. They also feature a 3.2 in (81.28 mm) full-color touch screen, a home button and a 64-way pressure-sensitive directional disc. Four oversized buttons are placed as two shoulder buttons each for right handed or left handed orientation. Each shoulder button features an LED light, and the disc is surrounded by a ring of eight LEDs. These LEDs, in addition to the LEDs on the console, have brightness settings, or can be turned off. The controllers come with wrist straps to prevent them from flying away during game action if not held securely. Up to six additional players can connect, with players able to use additionally purchased controllers (in limited cases, including Bluetooth controllers) or a free controller smartphone app in place of an Amico controller when needed.
Tommy Tallarico, president of Intellivision Entertainment, has said the games available for the Amico will be about 20% updated and re-imagined versions of classic video games, 20% original new games, 20% sports and recreation, 20% board/dice/card/word/puzzle games, and 20% educational. All games will be both single player and multiplayer, with some games allowing up to eight players simultaneously, or utilizing motion controls (via the accelerometer and gyroscope), or the LEDs, or having the option to use the Karma Gaming Engine, a feature intended to provide players of all skill levels with a fair level of competition against each other by dynamically adjusting the difficulty for players based on how well they are playing the game, or, due to most games using the touchscreen, for 5% of games, supporting Bluetooth controllers. Six games will come included with the Amico, and about forty games are expected to be available at launch. Five of the six included games have been announced as Skiing, Astrosmash, Shark! Shark!, Cornhole, and Farkle.
The following games have been announced to be released for the Intellivision Amico:
* unofficial name, subject to change
|Title (85)||Genre||Developer||Release date|
|10 Yard Fight||Sports||2022 Q3|
|ACL Cornhole||Sports||October 9, 2021|
|Archon||Strategy||React Games||2022 Q2|
|Asteroids||Shooter, arcade||2021 Q4|
|Astrosmash||Fixed shooter||Rogue Rocket Games||October 9, 2021|
|B-17 Bomber||Action||2022 Q2|
|Back Talk Party*||Party||October 9, 2021|
|Bad Dudes||Beat 'em up|
|Battle Tanks||Action||Lost Mesa Entertainment||October 10, 2021|
|Beauty and the Beast||Platform||2022 Q2|
|Biplanes*||Action||WastedStudios||October 10, 2021|
|Blank Slate||Tabletop game||October 10, 2021|
|Bomb Squad||Action, puzzle||International Headquarters||October 10, 2021|
|Brain Duel||Puzzle||October 10, 2021|
|Breakout||Arcade||Choice Provisions||October 10, 2021|
|Care Bears*||Educational||PlayDate Digital||October 10, 2021|
|Cloudy Mountain*||Action adventure||Other Ocean||October 10, 2021|
|Demon Attack||Fixed shooter||2022 Q3|
|Dolphin Quest||Action-adventure||Playchemy||2022 Q2|
|Dynablaster||Action||BBG Entertainment||October 10, 2021|
|Earthworm Jim 4||Platform||Intellivision Entertainment||2022/23|
|Emoji Charades||Party||GameCake||October 10, 2021|
|Evel Knievel*||Action||Barnstorm Games||October 10, 2021|
|Farkle||Tabletop game||October 9, 2021|
|Finnigan Fox||Platform||Bonus Level Entertainment||October 10, 2021|
|Flying Circus*||Action||2022 Q2|
|Flying Tigers||Scrolling shooter||2022 Q2|
|Frog Bog||Action||2022 Q1|
|Hot Wheels Colossal Crash (formerly SideSwipers)||Action||October 10, 2021|
|Incan Gold / Diamont*||Tabletop game||2021 Q4|
|Kung-Fu Master||Beat 'em up|
|Liar's Dice||Tabletop game||The Bitmap Brothers||October 10, 2021|
|Lock 'N' Chase||Arcade, maze chase|
|Lode Runner||Platform, puzzle||Tozai Games||2022 Q1|
|Miner 2049er||Platform||2022 Q3|
|Missile Command||Arcade||Stainless Games||October 10, 2021|
|MLB Baseball||Sports||October 10, 2021|
|Moon Patrol: The Milky Way Chronicles||Arcade||WastedStudios||October 10, 2021|
|Night Stalker||Shooter||Other Ocean||October 10, 2021|
|Nitro Derby||Racing||Chicken Waffle||October 10, 2021|
|Pong||Action||Way Digital Studios||October 10, 2021|
|Pool & Billiards*||Sports||Pool Legends IVS||October 10, 2021|
|Rigid Force Redux Enhanced||Shooter (horizontal scrolling)||com8com1, Headup||October 10, 2021|
|Running Man*||Endless runner|
|Safecracker||Action, puzzle||2021 Q4|
|Sesame Street Math Fun||Educational||October 10, 2021|
|Shark! Shark!||Action||Neobird, Bonus Level Entertainment||October 9, 2021|
|Skiing||Sports||Aesir Interactive||October 9, 2021|
|Snafoo||Action||Thera Bytes||October 10, 2021|
|Space Strikers||Action||Couch in the Woods Interactive||2021 Q4|
|Spades*||Card||Concrete Software||October 10, 2021|
|Tempest||Shooter, arcade||2022 Q2|
|ToeJam & Earl||Action||2022 Q2|
|Tron Deadly Discs*||Action||Other Ocean|
|Utopia||Real-time strategy, city building||2022 Q2|
|Warlords||Action||Stainless Games||2022 Q2|
The Intellivision Amico utilizes a custom Android/Linux operating system developed in-house. In an interview with GamesBeat, Tommy Tallarico described the operating system as "very solid", but "very flexible", stating Linux is the "flexible" part and Android is the "solid" part.
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