Old-School Video Game Maker Coleco is Making a New Cartridge-Based Console

By Bryan Lufkin on at

If you were a gamer in the early ‘80s, you’ve no doubt played ColecoVision — the short-lived console that brought arcade games to your living room. Well, get ready for a nostalgia hurricane, because Coleco is back on the scene with a new home console — and it’ll play actual game cartridges.

The hero of this comeback story is called Coleco Chameleon. This 21st-century console will play 20th-century 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit titles. There will also be brand new games with similar graphics available, too, so Coleco is smartly cashing in on the popularity of retro-style 2D titles that have been hits on all platforms from smartphones to Steam.

“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.

No price comes with this announcement, but it’ll hit shelves next year, and it’ll be shown at Toy Fair New York 2016 in February.

Image via Coleco

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