Today, Intellivision CEO/President and video game industry veteran, Tommy Tallarico and the Intellivision team gave us product announcements, new gameplay footage, along with game and partnership reveals for their upcoming Intellivision Amico console.
Before we take a look at the news from today’s Amico Special event, let’s take a look at what types of games you can look forward to playing on the Intellivision Amico as well as the Amico console and controllers.
Intellivision CEO and President Tommy Tallarico
Tommy has a long history in the video game industry. In fact, the Intellivision CEO and President has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has worked on over 300 video games since the 1990s including Aladdin, Cool Spot, Spider-Man, Sonic and the Black Knight, and Metroid Prime. This experience has earned Tommy the Guinness World Record for Most Video Games Worked in a Lifetime.
Tommy’s many roles in the video game industry include designer, product manager, producer, writer, hardware executive, games tester and heads of both music and video departments. He is also the creator, producer and host of the worldwide touring Video Games Live. Tallarico’s passion for music started when he was a child as he taught himself how to play piano and guitar at an early age.
Longtime video game fans will remember Tommy from the television shows Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run, which he co-hosted with fellow Canadian Victor Lucas from 1997 to 2006.
Family focused entertainment
The Amico is for people who want family focused entertainment. Its games are those that you can play alongside your kids, parents, and even grandparents. Amico is for people that wouldn’t necessarily buy a console and for people who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves a gamer. Amico is about bringing people into the fun of video games.
It’s important to understand, Intellivision isn’t trying to compete with the likes of PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo. Their goal is to expand the fun past the hardcore gamer and bring those people in who might not be that familiar with modern day gaming.
The Amico will have a wide variety of games and genres that are appropriate for everyone. You won’t find any games with graphic violence and no bad language. Here is a list of the types of games you can expect to see on Amico:
- Retro re-imagined
- Original new games
- Sports and recreation
- Casual board/dice/card
- Kids & Edutainment
Intellivision Amico is designed for simplicity
It’s important to know that the Intellivision Amico is not a retro mini console like the NES or Sega Genesis mini. It’s a fully fledged gaming system that brings the fun of yesteryear playing to a modern day console. It is designed around making gaming accessible to everyone.
Quite possibly the most unique feature of the Intellivision Amico is its controller. Every Amico controller comes equipped with the following:
- 3.2″ colour touch screen
- Motion controls
- Force feedback
- Integrated speaker and microphone
- Two shoulder buttons on the top and bottom of the controller
- 64-position rotating disc
Furthermore, Amico ships with two controllers with the ability to connect Android and iOS phones. This means that a total of up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun. Charging controllers can be done wirelessly by simply placing them in the console, or via a USB C cable.
Storage and games
Every Amico console comes with six games installed on them. Five of the six included games have been announced as Skiing, Astrosmash, Shark! Shark!, Cornhole, and Farkle. The console itself comes with 32GB of storage to download and play games.
Amico games range anywhere from 300Mb to 1GB, so you can expect to easily store 30 or 40 games on your Amico. For those looking to expand storage, the Amico has a micro SD slot. Physical game cards will also be available for purchase at retail.
News and announcements from the Intellivision Amico Special Event
Three years ago when the Intellivision team embarked on the Amico journey, a launch date of 10/10/2020 was chosen. Today, Tommy shared that he chose that date for a very personal reason. His younger sister, who passed away, was born on 10/10. Tommy made a promise to his family that he would launch Amico in honour of his sister. Unfortunately, that release date has been pushed back due to the global pandemic. Amico is now scheduled to launch on April 15, 2021.
Next, we were treated to 12 new game announcements and new gameplay for Moon Patrol, Evel Knievel, Astrosmash, Intellivision ACL Cornhole, Missile Command, Breakout, Intellivision Battle Tanks, and Nitro Derby. Additionally, Intellivision announced licensing partnerships with Mattel, Sesame Workshop and Usaopoly (The Op). These partnerships are especially important as they will bring even more games to Amico.
Intellivision’s partnership with Mattel will bring the popular Hot Wheels franchise to Amico. Kids and families will enjoy playing a suite of engaging and fun educational Sesame Street games together thanks to the partnership with Sesame Workshop. These new announcements are in addition to other licensing deals Intellivision has with Major League Baseball, Evel Knievel and The American Cornhole League.
Let’s take a look at the 12 new Amico games announced today!
Earthworm Jim 4
The legendary multi-award-winning side-scrolling game is back exclusively for Amico. More
adventure, more fun, more shenanigans and now… with MULTIPLAYER!
Intellivision and Sesame Workshop announced a series of educational titles that will utilize the unique Amico touch screen controllers, motion controls and couch co-op for the entire family to join in the learning and fun.
Mattel Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels has ignited the challenger spirit around the world since the brand’s introduction in 1968. Intellivision is beyond excited to have this spectacular brand be a part of the game repertoire, and it will challenge parents, kids and fans alike as they race to the finish line.
Rigid Force Redux Enhanced
A modern rendition of the classic side-scrolling shooter genre, Rigid Force Redux Enhanced
arms players against waves of attackers. With a great soundtrack and magnificent graphics, the exclusive Amico version is enhanced with couch co-op multiplayer.
Another terrific board game coming from The Op to Amico is Blank Slate. This party game
allows families to get in sync with one another as they attempt to fill in the blank with just one word to complete the phrase. When players guess the same word, they receive extra points. Blank Slate only takes moments to learn and its simplicity makes it fun for players of any age.
An all new original game, Finnigan Fox brings authentic platform gaming fun exclusively on
Amico. Leverage the changing seasons and unique controls to embark on a mystic adventure with this furry friend.
Bomb Squad is perfect for those looking for big fireworks and even bigger entertainment.
Players will need to work together to try diffusing bombs before time runs out. It’s sure to be a BLAST!
Searching for diamonds, gems and gold has never been so easy and exciting. Players will be on an adventure packed with strategy, risks, and riches as they push their luck to see who will come out on top.
Through its partnership with The Op, Intellivision will offer the laugh-out-loud party game,
Telestrations. Families will be able to experience the joy of laughter and miscommunication
while they sketch and guess silly drawings and words. Never before brought to the digital era, this party game will allow for entire families, from children to grandparents, to share a laugh and enjoy the fun.
Intellivision Monster Spades
From Concrete Software, creators of the top played golf, bowling, and fishing games in the
world, this game will be an instant family classic. Pick your favorite monster and enjoy one of the most played card games in the world.
Developed by Stainless Games with Mike Montgomery, one of the founders of the legendary
Bitmap Brothers, Liar’s Dice is simple and fun for the whole family. This exclusive version is a cute and funny take on one of the most well-known dice games in the world, and utilizes the unique Amico controller screens for secrecy.
What happens when you combine popular games like Star Castle, Rocket League Racing, and Asteroids? You get the new, exclusive Amico game called Space Strike.
Intellivision Amico launches April 15, 2021
It’s clear to see, Amico is a gaming system that is fun for the whole family. Its games will be fun and easy to pick up and play for everyone, regardless of their skill level. There are so many great games that I’m excited to play such as Earthworm Jim 4, Telestrations, Moon Patrol, Mattel Hot Wheels, Skiing, Shark! Shark! and more.
I can’t wait to use the Amico controller and see all the innovative ways that developers will use it. Amico, the modern reboot of the iconic Intellivision video game console, is scheduled to launch April 15, 2021. Stay tuned to the Best Buy blog for the latest information on Amico and be the first to know when you can pre-order Amico.
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Hi Jon. Will the Wood-grain ‘limited’ edition version be available when Canadian pre-orders begin?
Jon, I just saw the trailer for Earthworm Jim 4 that you updated the article for. It looks fun. I have fond memories of Earthworm Jim and really look forward to seeing what the final game looks like!
Hey Jon. I am really interested in Amico and was wondering if there will be any in store demos closer to launch in April?
Hi Tanmay and thanks for the question. At this time, I am not sure if there will be any in store demos of Amico. Keep an eye on the blog for any updates as we will post them here.
What pricing can we expect for it in Canada?
Pricing in Canada at Best Buy has not yet been announced. When it is, we will add a link to the product page at Best Buy.
Looking forward to Amico! Too bad the lauch is still so far off!
So happy for this approach to gaming – family fun and connecting people together.
I agree, I am excited to see a product that focuses on family fun. Something that everyone in my family will enjoy!
Was nice to see a tiny peek into the next Earthworm Jim
Wow what a great write up on the Intellivision Amico! You did a great job of explaining what it is all about and what makes it different. I am definitely looking forward to playing it with my friends in family.
To say I am a little excited would be an understatement.
As someone that grew-up spending hours playing the original Intellivision with family and friends, this is EXACTLY what is needed to bring everyone together (again). Maybe I am showing my age here but game consoles / controllers are simply too complex for younger kids and old people like me. #GetOffMyLawn 🙂
Great article and looking forward to more Amico content!
Great piece, Jon! Amico is definitely competing for space by my TV. Love the family focused approach and the ability to add mobile phones as extra controls!
It would be nice to know if the team at Jackbox Games are making some fun party games for the Amico!
Has to be the best well described article to date. Take that Cnet. Ive already preordered the console absolutely excited to play this with my nongamer family and friends.
What a great article! Well written, and full of tons of info about a system more people should be giving a look to! I sure can’t wait to get my hands on mine!!
This looks like a ton of fun! Had an Intellivision as a kid & loves it!!
Intellivision Amico is certainly a grade from what we played.
With games like EarthWorm Jim & Sesame Street to Bomb Squad & Liars Dice there’s plenty for everyone!
I have the Black Carbon VIP pre-ordered, These retro re-freash games look great! Really like Space Strike & these unique controllers are going to be wonderful on game nights!!
I think pushing back the date was a good idea. Why compete with the big consoles when one could carve out a bigger slice of attention? I’ve yet to be wowed by it but the general idea is novel and interesting enough.
I agree Alex, I am glad that they didn’t compromise on their vision and delayed until next year. I would rather wait the few extra months to get the full experience rather than launch something that was rushed just for the sake of it.
Earthworm Jim. Wow. Had no idea. Great article as always Jon
I know, and Earthworm Jim 4 looks amazing too!
Why didn’t you mention the fact that CenterTec logos were still on the Nitro Derby footage? Or that the Rigid Force Redux Enhanced footage shown was not from Amico hardware but from Xbox hardware and the game’s trailer? Additionally, Rigid Force Redux Enhanced may not even look that good when it does get pored to the weaker Amico console. You also forgot to mention how the EWJ footage showed the rocket disappear, demonstrating more lack of detail by the Amico team.
Would love to see your proof of the Rigid Force Redux claims.
And who cares if the rocket disappeared in the EWJ footage?
Serious question, how much is missing from your life if you spend every moment trying to pick something apart you have zero interest in the first place?
Its just another Ez g moment hes a troubled individual
It’s cute you want to be me. But I’m the Real RelicGamer. Stop being pathetic little troll and get a life.
Great article as always. Before I was not really sold on this I was like meh! But now I definitely want one. It looks really good I can’t wait for you to review the unit! Keep it up being the best buy legend
I’ve waited a long time for a console with this approach. I have a lot of friends & family who come over, but only a couple have ANY interest in a PlayStation, Xbox or a Switch. You give them a controller that doesn’t have 10-12 buttons, hyper sensitive sticks, a separate d-pad: just a couple obvious tools and an ergonomic touchscreen, and games that take seconds to grasp, minutes to play (and walk away from), and JUST MAYBE Amico is this fun little party system for my family to play together. Intensity and competitive for the experiences you’re into, but inherently pick up and play (and put down without feeling like you need to invest 4 hrs into play to progress). The controller has new possibilities in game design. This will be redefining. Gamers do not realize the obstacles to play and broaden the audience. The underlying potential is a big deal and there’s a lot to like about the Intellivision Amico.
You took the words right out of my mouth. Thanks for the comment and looking forward to Amico next April.
Jon, there you go again making me want to spend even more money on gaming! I can’t wait to get my hands on this. I can see my whole family wanting to play!
I didn’t really have this on my radar, but reading this actually made me want to get one. I’m a gamer, and my wife isn’t, but this seems to be a perfect amalgamation of games and simplicity that non-gamers would enjoy. And I can enjoy it with my kids when they’re a little older. I’ll be keeping my eye on it for sure. Thank you for the well-written, informative article 🙂
Great article, Jon. This has been on my radar for quite some time and I think I’m ready to hop on the Amico train! The different colour variations is a plus; reminds me of the N64 and getting the colour that suits your style.
I’ve met Tommy several times; he’s such a dedicated and talented dude.
Sounds good to me Chris! I love the different colours too! I’ve not met Tommy in person yet but looking forward to. I’ve been a big fan of his for many many years.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this console. It reminds of the good ol days and it will be fun to revisit those memories while making new ones with my son. I am really intrigued by their MLB licensing deals and I’m hoping we can get more info on that in the not so distant future.
I just about bought the pre-sale but I’ll wait. It’s such a neat idea and hopefully it takes off.
This is going to be an awesome console for anyone remotely interested in video games! It has something for every type of gamer be it retro, new Ip’s , sports, recreation, and edutainment!
I’m finding out more and more people are really interested in Amico after the have found out about it. Just as you pointed out, Amico has something for everyone!
Jon, this looks like it will definitely be a great console for families to enjoy together. I can absolutely see this being a lot of fun for younger children.
Fascinating article! This looks like a great way for families, non-gamers and fans of classic games to access a great selection of games. Always exciting to see new (or return) entrants into the game industry, too.
Also, i really enjoyed getting some insight into the background and history behind the Amico
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