Coleco Lends Name to Retro VGS Cartridge-Based Console

Coleco Lends Name to Retro VGS Cartridge-Based Console

The Coleco brand name returns to video games with a new console.

Retro fans may have fond memories of the Colecovision home console from the 80s, but for newer gamers the name doesn't mean much. That may be changing soon, as Coleco is coming back with a brand-new home console launching in early 2016. The Coleco Chameleon is a console being developed in partnership with Retro Video Game Systems.

The hook here is that the Coleco Chameleon will play 8-, 16-, and 32-bit games on physical cartridges. According to the press release, "all game cartridges will include high quality, plastic clamshell cases with illustrated instruction manuals and game developer liner notes." This is a play for those that remember the good old days of gaming.

If you've followed the Retro gaming scene, then you'll probably notice that the shape of the Coleco Chameleon is rather familiar. This is a rebranded shot at the Retro VGS, a proposed console that took its shot at a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo in September. The campaign asked for 1.95 million to make the console a reality, but the funding drive closed at only $81,158. And the Retro VGS itself was going to use Atari Jaguar shells to house its hardware.

"It's clear, in its current state the Retro VGS Indiegogo campaign is dead in the water and thusly will be shut down early," the folks behind the console said at the end of the campaign. "The good news is we aren't giving up and have made some adjustments to our hardware team, which includes the involvement of... other hardware gurus who were part of our venture in the very beginning."

"We will also be lowering the price while maintaining most of the cool features you all want. We will be back in the near future with a prototype Retro VGS system, front-and-center playing our games on our cartridges and with our USB controller."

The Coleco Chameleon represent this second shot at a retro console. The new console will be shown off at Toy Fair New York 2016 on February 13-16.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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