Coleco is coming back. Yes, the same Coleco known for their games and game console back in the arcade era of the 1980s is making a comeback thanks to a partnership with Retro Retro Video Game Systems Inc.
Hey Poor Player is reporting that Coleco has a new Coleco Chameleon in development with a scheduled release on the consumer market in 2016. This follows on an unsuccessful IndieGoGo campaign they ran just a couple of months ago.
The new Coleco Chameleon will be compatible with 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit games. This means old-school and new-school retro-themed games should run on their system, giving the company a bit of a reprisal of their heyday when the Colecovision was actually a thing.
Retro Video Game Systems, Inc. president Mike Kennedy commented about the new game console coming to the market, stating…
“The COLECO Chameleon is a love-letter to all the classic cartridge based gaming systems that came before it and we love the fact it will succeed COLECO’s successful Telstar and Colecovision product lines. It will take gamers and their families back to a simpler time where games were all about great gameplay and fun factor.”
The real hook for the system is that it uses cartridges. No online patches, no network updates, no hidden disc-locked content.
It’s kind of crazy but them wanting to go old-school actually sounds appeasing. The controller itself appears to be a re-imagined version of the Wii U’s Pro Controller, which is a bit of a mix of a DualShock and SNES controller.
Pricing wise, the system on its IndieGoGo page suggested a $299.99 price. But there’s no way they can sell a retro console like the Coleco Chameleon for that price in today’s market. Nothing beyond $149.99.
Limiting the games to 32-bit means there are a lot of titles it just won’t be able to play. However it does support some 3D games. A few of the games already confirmed include Pier Solar, Read Only Memories and the Double Dragon Trilogy just name a few. Even still, the ability to buy, trade and resell the cartridges – as well as simply blow into them to get them to work again after the green corrosion builds around the open slot – almost fills my heart with more nostalgia than I can bear.
I’m curious what the pricing of the games will be like and what they will cost? You can expect to see live, consumer-friendly demonstrations of the Coleco Chameleon at the Toy Fair in New York City between February 13th and February 16th in 2016. For more information feel free to visit the official Facebook page.