Coleco produces new console that takes cartridges
If you grew up with gaming tech dating back to the early 80s, then it’s likely you got your paws on the ColecoVision. Though short-lived, the ColecoVision was famous for bringing arcade hits of the time to the living room. My personal favorites were Mouse Trap and Mountain King, though I’m sure the bundled-in Donkey Kong cartridge was more notable to most.
But I digress. Get ready for a nostalgia bomb, because Coleco has announced that it will be back on the console scene with a new device that not only plays 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit titles, but actual game cartridges. This device is the Coleco Chameleon, a console developed to cash in on the growing audience of retro-style game enthusiasts.
“It’s ironic that a new ‘retro’ video-game system would actually revolutionize and revitalize the Coleco brand,” said Coleco partner Chris Cardillo, in a press release. The project’s a collaboration between Coleco and a company called Retro Video Game Systems. The latter began the project as an IndieGogo campaign for what was the Retro VGS, but soon partnered with Coleco to acquire full funding.
No price has been given yet for the Coleco Chameleon, nor a firm release date, but according to Gizmodo, it’ll be shown at Toy Fair New York 2016 in February.