Looks like another collection of classic video games will be heading to modern consoles in the near future. This time it’ll be a collection of games from the Mattel Intellivision emulated in all their 8 bit glory on your PS2 or Xbox.
Intellivision Productions, Crave Entertainment, and Realtime Associates have teamed up to bring Intellivision to the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox consoles this Christmas.
Intellivision Lives! drops the player into Hal’s Pizza, a 360 degree 3-D environment. Arcade machines of different themes – Space, Sports, Battle, etc. – ring the restaurant. Each machine serves as an interface to the original Intellivision games, plus other exciting features. Over 50 of the classic games can be played, plus a number of games that were never released back in the ‘80s. The restaurant also features a jukebox that plays Intellivision-themed music.
I can remember lusting after an Intellivision after playing with one at the home of one of my Mom’s friends. The baseball game was simply amazing compared to the Atari 2600 I owned. Not only did the crowd sound like a crowd, but you could hear people whistling! Whoa!
I never did get an Intellivision, but my old buddy Bill did and we spent hours playing it including one of the original attempts to turn Dungeons and Dragons into a video game. If the price for this collection isn’t too high then I may pick this up for the
pure nostalgia history it represents.