Nintendo and Atari have opened the door to consoles capitalizing on nostalgia, and now Intellivision is following in their wake. The company originally produced consoles and games from 1978 through 1990, supplying greater graphical prowess than its contemporaries and a unique controller that opened up intriguing game possibilities. An update seemed necessary to make up for that 28-year gap.
According to a release, the new (as of yet untitled) Intellivision system “will carry on the company tradition of ‘firsts’ with its new concept, design and approach to gaming.” Nintendo, with its motion-controlled Wii and its multi-screen Switch, has been the innovation and experimentation king among consoles for two generations, but there’s always room for more.
Soundtrack concert series Video Games Live creator/host Tommy Tallarico will serve as president of Intellivision Entertainment as the company prepares its console release, while many original Intellivision programmers and executives hold roles. And that, aside from the focus on non-gamers and families (something else Nintendo has cornered in the console-verse), is all we’re going to know about the plans for a while.
Details will be announced on October 1, but a Q&A on the company's Facebook page on May 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern may answer a few questions while the company is also making itself available at the industry convention E3. Specifically, what kind of new features will the Intellivision’s future hold? Other retro consoles simply allowed players to mimic the experience they had as kids -- but Intellivision is promising “firsts.” Could they be jumping into the next generation with tech and branding from the past?