ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Marlon McDonald

If you were an avid gamer in the '80s, you would've no doubt gotten your hands on a ColecoVision console, a champion of living room based arcade gaming that disappeared into the mists of gaming's heyday after Coleco's bankruptcy in '82, just before the great North American video game crash of '83.

ColecoVision
ColecoVision

But now that nostalgia is such heavy currency in pop culture, Coleco have returned with the Chameleon and it will vie for your attention in an already heavily congested market.

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Coleco Chameleon
Coleco Chameleon

Coleco are teaming up with console makers Retro Video Game Systems to release the console at some point in 2016. The console, which literally looks like a retouched Atari Jaguar, will be dragging retro cartridge based gameplay back into the 21st Century with the ability to play old-school 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit titles, and newer titles developed in the vintage aesthetic.

Will classics like Burger Time see a new day?
Will classics like Burger Time see a new day?

In a press release, Coleco revealed that "all game cartridges will include high quality, plastic clamshell cases with illustrated instruction manuals and game developer liner notes", which is a wonderful throwback to the days of tearing open the cardboard boxes that contained your brand new cartridge and having reams of paper inside.

Though, unfortunately, there's been no word as to whether the Chameleon will be backwards compatible with older Coleco releases. Which is a bit crap.

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This comes as a pretty clever move seeing as retro-tinged 2D titles have been selling like heavily pixelated hotcakes across various platforms over the last few years, and have been big business especially for the likes of Steam and mobile gaming.

WarGames
WarGames

After teaming up with RVGS, whose similar idea for a retro console fell short at its crowdfunding stage, the Chameleon is essentially a rebranding of the RVGS, meaning it won't require an internet connection to play games. Which means no massive day one updates and constant matchmaking issues. Are you as excited as I am?

With no date set for release and pretty much no other information, keep an eye on next year's New York Toy Fair where Coleco will be on hand to show off their glorious new piece of plastic.

(Sources: Retro VGS, Toyland, Retro Gamer)

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