The retro video gaming company of yesteryear, Coleco, is teaming up with Retro Video Game Systems to create a brand new cartridge-based game console called the COLECO Chameleon, which aims to be “a versatile new video game system that serves as a modern day take on the classic game console.” Coleco promises that the Chameleon will “accurately play classic games,” including “brand-new games in the 8-, 16-, and 32-bit styles,” as well as offer “accurate play compilations of favorite games from the past.” Coleco’s aim is to bring back the “golden age of gaming.”

The Chameleon resembles a concept that Retro Video Game Systems launched an Indiegogo campaign for last year called the Retro VGS. Retro VGS was also planned to use cartridges and wouldn’t require an internet connection or have software updates. Unfortunately, the Retro VGS failed to meet its Indiegogo campaign of $2 million, ending at a little over $80,000. Coleco’s version will also attempt a crowdfunding campaign, this time via Kickstarter.

President Mike Kennedy of Retro Video Game Systems calls the Chameleon “a love-letter to all the classic cartridge based gaming systems that came before it.” The purpose of the console is to go “back to a simpler time,” when games were more “about great gameplay” and less about concepts like microtransactions and Day One exclusive content. Coleco explained that all of the Chameleon’s “game cartridges will include high quality, plastic clamshell cases with illustrated instruction manuals and game developer liner notes,” though it is unknown if the console will offer backwards compatibility for older games or not.

Although no games have been announced at this time, Retro Video Game Systems and Coleco hope to launch the console sometime in 2016.

What do you think about this? Is this a return to form for gaming, or is it just a blast from the past that will likely fizzle out? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Verge

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