By Josh Speer / May 8th, 2018
If you’re a fan of classic games and crowdfunding, then today is a banner day for you. Coleco has announced they are crowdfunding a couple of evolved mini arcades – Rainbow Brite: Journey to Rainbow Land and Robotech: The Macross Saga. Assuming Coleco meets their funding goal of $30,000 in the next month (which seems likely, given how far they’ve come already) then both mini arcades will be developed and distributed. If that sounds interesting, you can read the full details in the press release below.
Rainbow Brite and Robotech Coming to Coleco Evolved Mini Arcades
Coleco revives 1980s original Coleco mini arcades with upgraded tech and new games on Kickstarter
CHICAGO – May 8, 2018 – Coleco today announced Coleco Evolved Mini Arcades, recreations of the 1981 classic tabletop arcade machines updated with two new games: Rainbow Brite: Journey to Rainbow Land and Robotech The Macross Saga. The Coleco Evolved Mini Arcades are available for pre-order on Kickstarter now through June 7, 2018, and are expected to ship in September 2018 as long as the campaign reaches its $30,000 goal.
The Coleco Evolved Mini Arcades feature the classic shape and heavy-duty plastic shell construction as the original Coleco minis from the 80s, this time with upgraded modern technology inside. Each mini arcade features:
- Full-color LCD Display
- Powerful new gaming chip set
- Revamped joystick and accurate action buttons
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack
- Highly-detailed, colorful Rainbow Brite or Robotech art wrap
The Rainbow Brite and Robotech Coleco Evolved Mini Arcades are available for pre-order for $55 each, or $105 for both. Early bird backers can pre-order each game for $45 individually, or $85 as a set. The MSRP for each mini arcade is $69.
Rainbow Brite: Journey to Rainbow Land
Hallmark’s Rainbow Brite TV series launched in 1983 and quickly became a favorite of little girls around the world. The next year, Mattel released a line of cuddly plush dolls, forever cementing into pop culture history the cheerful girl and her Rainbow Land pals.
Now players can join Rainbow Brite and her pal Starlite as they spread color and happiness in this classic RPG-style game, Journey to Rainbow Land. In the game, players take on Murky and Lurky, the enemies of Rainbow Land, who just want to make the world as murky and dismal as they are. Rainbow Brite is a retro classic RPG for gamers of all ages.
Robotech: The Macross Saga
Robotech made its pop culture splash down in 1985 when Harmony Gold released their epic 85-episode Robotech cartoon series. The series’ success paved the way for toys, figures, books, movies, and of course, video games. Robotech: The Macross Saga puts players in the driver’s seat as Earth’s last defense in an epic intergalactic battle against alien forces. Players transform their Veritechs into three modes: Fighter, Guardian, and Battloid to battle on the ground, in the air, and on enemy ships. Each level challenges players to pick the right mode at the right time to successfully take down all sorts of different enemies. Fans of Robotech and 2D side-scrolling action games will love playing The Macross Saga on the Coleco Evolved retro platform.
“This has been by far the most exciting product we’ve been working on,” said Tina Cassano, Product Developer at Coleco. “There is an indescribable glow when old fans recount their childhood memories with Coleco Minis and we fully anticipate that this project is only the beginning.”
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