Cartridge Based Coleco Console is Coming Back


Classic gaming company Coleco is making a comeback. The company has announced a partnership with Retro Video Game Systems for a cartridge-based console it’s calling Coleco Chameleon.


It’s described as a “versatile new video game system that serves as a modern day take on the classic game console.” It can play 8-, 16-, and 32-bit games, which Coleco says it is a “growing and popular genre.”

The Coleco Chameleon will play cartridge games and that makes it the first console about two decades to do that. In a statement, Retro Video Game Systems president Mike Kennedy said the console “is a love-letter to all the classic cartridge based gaming systems that came before it.”

“It will take gamers and their families back to a simpler time where games were all about great gameplay and fun factor,” he added. The original ColecoVision console was released in 1982.

Pricing was not announced. But writing on Twitter, developers said “it will be significantly more affordable than the first go-around.”

The Coleco Chameleon will be available to buy in early 2016 and will be on display at the Toy Fair New York in February.


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