If you have read my articles, listened to my podcasts, or know any little bit about me, you would know that I grew up gaming and enjoy going back to my roots from time and again to play some of the old stuff. I played some Atari 2600 games a few months ago to show my children what games were like when I was young. After cleaning up the vomit after seeing Pac-Man, I showed them the good games of the era including Ms. Pac-Man and Pitfall II, and they didn’t feel as ill anymore.
When Intellivision Lives! was released in late 2010 and reviewed early last year on DS, I was able to show the children the games from the other console that I grew up with.
Though, usually with retro games, if these games get a re-release, they are usually in its original format. Intellivision Lives!, for example, all iterations over the years from PC to XBox to DS has been near-perfect emulation of the game on the original hardware. This trend changes with what Keith Robinson of Intellivision Productions posted on the Playstation Blog this morning:
Intellivision Productions, Inc. is excited to announce three of its classic games are coming to PlayStation Home. Astrosmash, Shark! Shark! and Night Stalker, which thrilled players in the early 1980s, have been upgraded while staying true to the spirit of the games’ classic looks and game play. We think of them as “enhanced yet completely faithful conversions,” but we call them Intellivision Gen2.
Intellivision is delighted to bring you these enhanced titles. Of course, Intellivision is not abandoning our classic games; we will always make the exact originals available on a variety of platforms. But we are excited about this opportunity Sony has given us to let new generations discover the fun of Intellivision – simple games that can be learned in minutes but provide a lifetime of challenge. Intellivision Gen2 games will be available this fall — stay tuned!
No word yet on when this will be available or how much this will cost, if any, to play. When I get updates, I’ll let you know.
A screen shot of the updated Night Stalker is at the top of the article. Screenshots of the other games will follow the jump. Let us know what you think of these screenshots in the comments below. Is this something you are willing to dust off Playstation Home to play? Also, I was kidding about the vomit, earlier.