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January 2018 Retro Gaming Article


January 25, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Coleco announces tabletop Mini Arcades are coming soon...

Coleco Mini Arcades
Coleco has been promising “new products” for two years. Are the Coleco Mini Arcade machines really coming soon?
Back in the day, I preferred my Atari VCS to the Intellivision, but I wished I could upgrade to a Colecovision. After the Coleco Chameleon debacle was settled and Coleco divested any partnership with that scam in 2015, they suddenly had a lot of momentum. People were talking about the brand!

Coleco Mini Arcades Folks began to ask when new products might arrive. AtGames released the Coleco Flashback all-in-one console in October 2014. But we wanted "Coleco" products!

In March of 2016, Coleco reminded us they were intendo on releasing new Coleco products. Then a year passed with little mention of any products. Today I received an email saying Coleco's Mini Arcades are coming soon. Neither the email or the Coleco website give a date of release beyond "this year". It's only January... which month? :)

This formal email sent to their mailing list hints a release may really be "soon," but I wish they had given a timeframe. A few companies have come along recently with tabletop arcade cabinets of varying sizes.

We all remember the Coleco mini arcades from the past, so it would be cool to have a modern update to this classic. The specs mentioned a Lithium battery and USB charging port, so lets hope this modernized arcade series will come to retail soon.

The email contained some specs for their upcoming Robotech Mini Arcade:
  • Durable plastic - built to last
  • Classic Coleco cabinet design
  • Updated hardware- High Resolution LCD display
  • Enhanced controllers
  • Built in Lithium ion battery - Micro USB powered (cable included)
  • Premium vinyl side art
  • Integrated speaker with aux jack

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