“We Were There” Intellivision Flashback Commercial Is So Great!

I’m not sure who came up with the approach on this commercial for the upcoming Intellivision Flashback console but they sold me on it in the first twenty seconds of the ad. Now granted this console is kind of marketed to those of us who visit the Retroist so it wasn’t that hard of a sell…still…it brought a big smile to my face.

[Via] Intellivision Prod.

From the official Intellivision site:
“Intellivision┬« Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the upcoming release of Intellivision Flashback┬«, a self-contained video game console that plays 60 built-in classic Intellivision games such as Astrosmash┬«, B-17 Bomber and the popular sports titles. Intellivision Flashback is a product of AtGames Entertainment, makers of the popular Atari Flashback consoles.

Attendees of the Classic Gaming Expo in September, 2014, will be able to try out the Intellivision Flashback in the Intellivision Productions booth.

The official release of Intellivision Flashback will be October 1st, 2014, in stores throughout the United States. Distribution in other countries will follow. Suggested retail price will be $49.95.”


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7 thoughts on ““We Were There” Intellivision Flashback Commercial Is So Great!

  1. vinvectrex says:

    That advertising apparently had me right in mind. In the immortal words of Philip J. Fry, “Shut up and take my money!”

  2. Vinvectrex, I’ve yet to find a list of just what games will be included on the flashback console…but with both Colecovision and now Intellivision…it’s a good time to be a retro game player. Not that everyday isn’t a good day mind you. :)

  3. vinvectrex says:

    My biggest disappointment will be that the licensed games are most likely not included. So, I’m doubting that Dungeons and Dragons will make the list.

  4. There have been many similar Intellivision flashback-like things released in the past. The main problem is as someone already mentioned, the “licensed” titles are almost never included (so probably no Tron: Deadly Discs), but also, in my opinion, most of the best Intellivision titles were done by Imagic and Activision. Id be (pleasantly) surprised if those were included. If not, I’ll probably pass on this, unless I find out there’s a way to hack it and add your own ROMs, as you can do with the C64 DTV.

    I already have two Sears version Intellivision consoles with most of the cartridges, but it’s hard to mod them to get decent video on a modern TV. About the best you can do on an NTSC Intellivision is composite out, and if you don’t do that all you have is RF, which looks awful. Unfortunately composite doesn’t look that great either.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This is terrific news for retro console fans!
    I’m so happy Mattel’s fine offering to home gamers gets a second life in this day and age.
    Just so fine to have people knowing what the heck I’m blathering on about when I go on and on about the golden era of video games (with the not-so-wee pixels and the blippety-boops and the marathon playthroughs and “save-games are for wusses” kinda talk).

    But yeah, I hear your pain about the lack of beloved (and copyrighted) titles.
    I imagine they could release a Flashback Intellivoice console with just the three Tron titles and sell just as well.

    So glad I kept my old TV (stashed away from the new HD-On-The-Block) with the proper plug-ins for the old Atari, Colecovision and Intellivision, for old-fashioned gameplay.

    I’ll still get the new Flashback, though.

  6. You know, another way they could fix the missing titles problem is to just put a cartridge port in it. I’m sure that that would add expense, but getting access to those extra titles is the difference between a buy and a no buy for me (and probably some other people). Maybe make it as an add on part or sell a premium version.

  7. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Y’know, it surprised me when the omitted a game port for the Atari Flashback.
    But then, business-wise, they’d be catering to a basically dead cart market.

    Of course, used carts are a-plenty.
    And independent titles are thriving in this day and age (although in limited numbers), but have little revenue prospect for a ported VCS maker.

    I do wish some actual VCS fans can create a marketable mod along the way.
    I still have mine, but the consumer presence of these old consoles in cart-adapted format is something that needs to happen for everybody.

    In this current mindset of 8-bit gaming exploration, it just might happen.

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