The Intellivision Amico has had a troubled couple of years, with multiple extensive delays, changes in leadership and question marks over the company's viability. More questions were raised recently when the company abruptly closed an investment run ahead of schedule.
Likely in a continued effort to reassure potential customers and investors, Intellivision has now released an unboxing video that also showcases a functioning unit. There is still no release date, with the unit shown being sent to president of European operations, Hans Ippish, to show potential partners. You can see the video at the top of the article.
It does indeed show a functional system, with the demonstration including the Amico connecting to a TV, running multiple games, switching Home menu languages, connecting online and accessing a dummy version of its store. It's not a flawless showcase, however - the 'EU' packaging belies the inclusion of a North America-standard power supply, while the online store (despite being on an EU unit) requests the US standard of State and Zipcode when signing in.
Nevertheless we do see that a functional unit, and planned packaging, is in place.
As detailed by VGC, a copy of this video was sent to those with direct pre-orders with Intellivision, 'along with a message from CEO Phil Adam reiterating that the company is “in negotiations with potential investors / acquirers”, and that “during this process, we continue to push forward with Amico”.'
What the video and message don't establish is a timeline for release, nor does the unboxing demonstrate that meaningful mass production is underway.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Wed 23rd March, 2022.