ColecoVision is returning to store shelves this October with the release of the ColecoVision Flashback. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Flashback because it was the first console that my family owned. I spent many hours racking up points on Mouse Trap, Zaxxon, Donkey Kong Jr., and Time Pilot. This plug-and-play console, similar to the Atari Flashback, will offer 60 iconic Coleco titles, some with custom overlays, for only $39.99. It’s a retro gamer’s dream come true – and just in time for Christmas!
An unconfirmed list of titles has been reported by Armchair Arcade. They also report that an exclusive version of the console will be available through Dollar General and Sam’s Club. I can confirm that the ColecoVision Flashback will be available nationwide and in Canada with future plans to expand worldwide. The Flashback is already available for pre-order on the Toys “R” Us website.
Mark Thomann, managing partner of Coleco Holdings LLC* and CEO of River West Brands, told me that the Flashback is just the starting point for the return of the Coleco brand. While the Flashback is a great way for nostalgic fans of ColecoVision to reconnect with their favorite console, he wants to introduce a new generation to the brand. “Coleco is #1 and shouldn’t be forgotten,” said Thomann.
He hopes that new technologies will lend themselves to innovative and exciting new Coleco titles. Expect to see the Coleco brand on handheld devices with apps and content from indie game developers. He’s willing to invest in the brand because, “Gaming needs something like Coleco again; when gaming was much more about family and values.”
With so many violent video games saturating the market, he’d like to see Coleco given ‘The Good Housekeeping seal for safe, family, friendly gaming’.
For fans who are looking to return to a time when gaming was a little safer and a lot more fun, the ColecoVision Flashback offers a number of different titles. Unfortunately, licensing issues mean that not all of your favorite games will be available. Given Thomann’s vision for Coleco, there are exciting things on the horizon.
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*Coleco Holdings are owners of Coleco, ColecoVision, Head to Head, and Electronic Quarterback brands.