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Coleco Announces Cartridge Comeback With New Coleco Chameleon Gaming Console

17 December 2015, 4:34 pm EST By Christian de Looper Tech Times
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Coleco has announced that it will be producing a new gaming console that uses cartridges for the games. The console is set to be released sometime next year.  ( Coleco )

Gamers from the '80s probably either played or knew about ColecoVision, an early console that brought games that you could find at the arcade straight to your television.

Well, Coleco is back, and it has announced a new gaming console. Rather than opt for game downloads or discs, however, the company is sticking to what it knows best — cartridges.

The new console is called the Coleco Chameleon, and it will be able to play 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit game titles. There will also be a new set of games that offer similar graphics, highlighting the fact that Coleco is cashing in on the rising popularity of retro games that have been popping up on a number of platforms.

To produce the new machine, Coleco is teaming up with Retro Video Game Systems, and the plan is that the console will launch next year and play "compilations of our favorite games from the past," as well as new games. Specific games have yet to be announced, as does a specific release date, and it's not yet known if Coleco titles from the '80s will be playable on the console.

Cartridges really haven't been in use for gaming since the Nintendo 64, so it will be interesting to see their revival.

"And, for the first time in nearly 20 years, the Coleco Chameleon will once again play brand new games on long-lasting, durable cartridges that can be played, traded, and collected for a lifetime. And all game cartridges will include high quality, plastic clamshell cases with illustrated instruction manuals and game developer liner notes," says the company in a statement.

It seems as though the new Chameleon is a rebranded version of the Retro VGS console, a similar console that tried to raise $2 million earlier this year on Indiegogo but ended up with just $80,000 in funding. The new Coleco console, according to Retro Gamer, will also be funded, this time on Kickstarter, however, it's not known what the funding goal will be.

Via: The Verge

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