E3 2021: Intellivision Amico Reveals New Game From Ecco The Dolphin Team, Much More

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Famed game composer, and President and CEO of Intellivision, Tommy Tallarico today showed off a lot of new details about the upcoming Intellivision Amico system as part of the company’s E3 presentation.

The Amico, Italian for “friend”, is all about letting anyone play. In some ways it feels like its carrying the legacy of the Wii. Games are simple, all designed for solo and multi-player gaming. The system comes with two wireless, touchscreen controllers. These use giant screens that give me flashbacks to what the Dreamcast VMU once tried to do. They can be used for gameplay, hiding information, and much more. The controllers feature a positional disk that allows input in 64 directions to provide precision control.

We all know its all about the games though. Intellivision showed off many games, both new and old. Retro reimagined titles will bring classic names from Intellivision and Atari history to the modern age with updated graphics and gameplay. Familiar names included Breakout, Tempest, Missile Command, BurgerTime, Night Stalker, and more.

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Original games are a focus as well however. Original games included a SHMUP called Flying Tigers and a multi-player focused puzzle game called Bomb Squad which seemed to make interesting use of the controllers. A new, previously announced Earthworm Jim and a beautiful sea exploration game from the original Ecco the Dolphin team called Dolphin Quest, revealed today, seem like highlights.

Speaking of Earthworm Jim, fans who want to win some original art from the series have a big chance. Until the end of June you can email cow@intellivision.com with the subject line “Groovy!” to be entered to win signed artwork from the team.

Games will be available digitally for $9.99 or less. Those who prefer to still purchase their games physically will have some titles available for $19.99. Tallarico promised that all games will be exclusive or have exclusive content and that no DLC/Micro-transactions/loot boxes will be allowed. The Amico is set to release this fall on October 10th for $249.99. Six games will be included. You can check out today’s showcase below.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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