Our millennial readers have probably only heard the name, but if you were alive and gaming in the early 1980s you were probably playing a ColecoVision, a home console that burned bright and fast. If you missed out, you’re in luck – the Coleco Chameleon is due to hit shelves some time in 2016 and will bring all sorts of retro gaming goodness with it.

The Coleco Chameleon, which will play cartridges, will offer a range of 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit classics, but also brand new games designed in a retro style. The popularity of retro gaming hasn’t died down a bit, partly thanks to the rise of smartphones and other handheld devices that can’t quite handle modern gaming.

The Chameleon is a collaboration between Coleco and a company called Retro Video Game Systems; the latter wins points for directness but none for creativity. The console doesn’t have a specific release date outside of sometime next year, but it will be on display at Toy Fair New York in February.

I can’t tell if this is a great idea or nostalgia gone too far. A lot of what’s appealing about it – the cartridges, for instance – is only appealing for nostalgia’s sake. I’m not saying it doesn’t look fun (and I’m not saying I don’t want one), but a lot of these retro urges that people get can be satisfied by grabbing Pac-Man or Joust on a smartphone or on Steam. For this to work, the Coleco Chameleon will have to be super affordable.


I respect the Coleco vision, but maybe it’s a bit outdated.

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