Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Caleco Is Back?

I'm a bi-product of the 1980's and the 90's. I had a CalecoVision, the rival gaming system to the Atari that promised an arcade experience in your home (because arcades were a thing at one point, and they were incredibly popular). Caleco faded away over the years, a toy company turned electronics that died out in 1989. In 2005, River West Brands based in Chicago revived Caleco to create a handheld system for classic Sega cartridges (yea for that!) and this week, they announced a new console that will have a number of the retro gamers salivating.

Calico Chameleon.

As more companies focus on next gen branded content, a number of independent devs have been scaling back to go for the simple look, but chock full of so much story and character evolution that it would make some of the Triple A companies cry. One of the top games this year was Undertale, a game created by 2 people with a bizarre plot line, interesting characters, that somehow stole the hearts of millions. Caleco feels that retro games still have a place in today's world, and created a system that will only accept cartridge games.

Yep. Cartridge. Games.

No downloading. No updates. No internet connection needed. The goal of this system is to strip away all of the issues with modern consoles and to give gamers what they want: a chance to play their games the second they place the cartridge into the system. It's a refit of the RETRO VGS, which held a failed IndieGoGo campaign just shy of 2 months ago. They asked for $2 million and raised just over $80 thousand. Calico saw the potential in a system that only used cartridges and swooped in to save the idea.

A few things to note: this will not play your old Nintendo, Atari, or Sega games. This is meant for new games who want to go the cartridge route. And feedback for the idea has been positive so far. A number of investors are on board and gamers can't wait to see it for the first time at the Toy Fair New York in 2016.

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