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May 2019 Retro Gaming Article


May 1, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The original Earthworm Jim dev team has united to develop a new game for the upcoming Intellivision Amico

A new Earthworm Jim Game for Intellivision Amico
While new game consoles for retro gaming is niche, a new Earthworm Jim game will eventually be ported to other platforms.
Earthworm Jim is one of those iconic games and characters that gamers love to see make a comeback. Intellivision was once a competitor of Atari's 2600 game console and is making a return via a new game console, with a retro gaming focus, the Amico.

An interesting component to news of a new Earthworm Jim game is the platform on which it will launch. The Intellivision Amico. A video game console that doesn't presently exist. I grew up with an Atari 2600, but loved playing sports games on my buddy's Intellivision. Seeing a part of that era make a hardware comeback is as exciting as it is improbable.

Amico news will flourish as development progresses, but how cool is the Earthworm Jim news. While you may have reservations about a new un-proven game console, a stellar title of this nature, coming from the original dev team, is awesome news! I hope they can make a success of the Amico and launch this new game. But we all know the reality...

Earthworm Jim will be ported to other modern platforms. It may begin as an Intellivision exclusive- as it rightly should- but it will come to other consoles. If Cup Head can come to Nintendo Switch, you can bet you will also have Earthworm Jim on your Switch too!

From Intellivision's Earthworm Jim press release:
IRVINE, CA, May 1, 2019 - In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Earthworm Jim, Intellivision Entertainment is proud to announce it has gathered together and reunited the original Earthworm Jim team to create a brand new video game adventure exclusively for the upcoming Intellivision Amico home video game console. Ten of the original programmers, artists, audio team and level designers are taking part in bringing back the uniqueness and humor of the Earthworm Jim series.

To celebrate the reunion with the fans, a 20 minute live interactive simulcast streaming event will take place on Saturday, May 4th at noon pacific during the first Earthworm Jim design meeting with the original team. As part of the live simulcast, the team will engage with fans to hear their new vision firsthand, multiple original art pieces will be hand-drawn by the artists, signed by the entire team and given away to people viewing the live stream. In addition, 50 brand new posters will be signed and numbered for live chat prizes.

"We have been talking about this moment for many years, it's a dream come true to finally get the entire team back together. We're looking forward to sharing a small part of our reunion and initial design meeting with fans from around the world," said Tommy Tallarico, Intellivision Entertainment CEO/President and original Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 composer and sound designer. "Intellivision Amico is designed to bring friends and families together and we are excited for fans and those just being introduced to the series to get a first look as we kick-off the design of the game."

Earthworm Jim is just one of the many new titles that will be coming to Intellivision Amico. Voted "GAME OF THE YEAR" in 1994, the last time the Earthworm Jim team worked together was in the follow up award-winning hit sensation Earthworm Jim 2 (released in 1995). Original team members including Doug TenNapel, David Perry, Tommy Tallarico, Nick Bruty, Mike Dietz, Tom Tanaka and Joey Kuras all went on to create their own highly successful companies, technology, video games, TV shows, comic books, albums, movies, graphic novels and world touring live events.

About Intellivision Amico: Intellivision Amico, launching October 10, 2020, is a home video game console designed to bring social fun back to the living room. Amico is the Italian word for "friend" or "buddy" and Intellivision Amico encapsulates this meaning fully with a home entertainment system that has multiplayer, togetherness at its core. All new games as well as reimagined classics coming to the system invite up to eight to play using easy to use controllers and even mobile phones. Designed to appeal to a broad audience from nostalgic gamers to families, all titles will be rated E for Everyone or E10+ making it a great addition to everyone's home. For more information, visit www.intellivisionentertainment.com.

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