Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games Are Back

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Coleco Chameleon Technology
Coleco Chameleon Technology

Coleco, the American company behind the popular video game console ColecoVision, has just announced their comeback on the market with Coleco Chameleon. The new console is a result of Coleco’s partnership with Retro Video Game Systems, who failed to launch their retro gaming console on Indiegogo back in November 2015.

Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games
Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games

Coleco Chameleon Review

Coleco Chameleon is planned to be a modern take on retro gaming as it should support both the original gaming cartridges from Coloco’s past systems but also brand new games released specifically for this console. Obviously, the plan is to cash on the quite recent retro gaming phenomenon and build a whole ecosystem with exclusive titles.

All cartridges will be made from high-quality plastic materials and include a clam-shell case, manual, and other collectible accessories. No restrictions should be placed on users’ ability to share cartridges with their friends since games will be DRM-free.

Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games
Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games

The success of this video gaming system will depend on several factors, with the price being one of the most important ones. The failed Retro VGS costed $299 for early backers on Indiegogo, which, essentially, positioned it against Xbox and PlayStation. The new system will have to cost a lot less in order to appeal to a much wider market of gamers. Additionally, the quality of newly released games needs to be high enough to stand against a firmly established market of indie games. A lot has changed since the 1980s and traditional-looking games inspired by 8 and 16 bits graphics have evolved into a genre of its own, which makes it highly unlikely that many fans of retro gaming would be keen on spending more money on non-retro games when they can get the same experience on modern consoles and PCs.

Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games
Coleco Chameleon: Cartridge Based Games

The Coleco Chameleon retro gaming console is planned to launch early next year. The first public demonstration will happen at Toy Fair New York 2016 during February 13-16. It’s certainly going to be interesting seeing how this attempt to revitalize the Coleco brand will turn out.

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