New Intellivision Game Released!!!

After 4 years of silence, a new Intellivision game has emerged!!

‘Stonix’ by Arnauld Chevallier has been released as a full version, in true Intellivision form. It is a boxed version complete with manual, overlays and classic artwork. Here is the full press release…

“A New Intellivision game!

IntelligentVision has announced pre-sales of Arnauld’s game, STONIX. The game will be packaged in the box with a manual and 2 overlays. Visit the origin website and use the origin discount code INTV5 to get 10% off your order. The website contains pictures of the packaging, screen shots, and information regarding the process of making the game.

This is NOT the demo that was released with 3 levels. It contains over 100 levels, a 2 player mode, more bonuses, and more. There will be a limited production run so do not hesitate to place your order. This game will become impossible to find as is 4-Tris that was released in 2000.

Thanks,
The IntelligentVision team”

My Classic Game Controller has Arrived!

After the initial wave of orders (I got mine!!!!) Joe and the boys at ST are caught-up and ready for more orders. The CGC is proving to be a breakthrough item, especially for those of you that have MAME cabinets like me. It may very well provide support in the future for all sorts of other emulators outside the Intellivision console it was originally designed around.

classic game controller

Also in the works from ST is another, long awaited update to Nostalgia. From Joe on the Shiny Technologies forum:

“Morning, all. Here’s the planned improvements for Nostalgia 3.8. I hope to release it in a few weeks or less, depending on my schedule (which is crazy, to say the least.)

The game folder is no longer rescanned every time Nostalgia is run. It is only rescanned if the folder contents have changed.
There is now a database management tool for maintaining and updating the database.
The MiniExec and MiniGrom have been renamed so they don’t overwrite any existing Exec and Grom files.
Better handling of .cfg files. Now supporting Write Only Memory.
Changes to sound routines to fix a slight bug.
Changes to sound handling to drop sound frames if game is running too slowly.
Fixed another bug with video capture.
Network play has been disabled pending updates.

There will also be image packs made available to work with the new database. HUGE thanks to David Harley for putting these together for us.”

Looking to the future, if you have a MAME cabinet, and love Intellivision, Nostalgia and the CGC are for you!

Chad Schell releases new version of the Windows Intellicart Downloader

For those of you out there that own the Intellicart, you will find this info helpful. It’s in regards to the Intellicart Loader in Windows. Apparently there have been some issues with certain ROMs not loading, but Chad has released a new version that corrects those problem.

From Chad…

Hi,

I don’t know what’s up with the parser as I didn’t write that code, but I’ve put a new version of the Windows Intellicart downloader on my website that will send .ROM files unaltered. At least it lets people using Win9x
send .ROM files since they can’t turn off handshaking with the mode command.

I think that people who bought Intellicarts from Rob Mundo already have this version of the loader. You do if it has *.ROM as one of the files it lists by default.

You can get the new version here:
http://www.schells.com/intellicart.zip

IntyOS Continues Progress!

A. Chevallier continues his work on IntyOS, the new Intellivision Operating system. He’s presently working on aspects such as a file system and bankswitching (whatever that is). IntyOS is a very promising possibility for the Intellivision and will look to add a simple HTML reader for internet access. Imagine that, after 20+ years, the Intellivision may actually be the ‘Home entertainment system’ it was designated to be after all. Exploring the possibilities of the CP1600 chipset has been a continuous goal of the INTVProg group and they are having success. Thanks to the hard work of these fellows, there are new games, new programs and all new ideas. There has been discussions about making new game cartridges (box, overlays and all), new system additions, such as the IntyOS, and furthering the Intellivision for years to come.

Take a look at the latest news and updates to Arnauld’s work on his site here… IntyOS

IntelliPalm Updated

This is from David Harley concerning those Intellicart users that are using a Palm Pilot to load ROMs.
“I know that this news will only affect few people but….

The software, Intellipalm, that loads ROM images from the Palm Pilot to an Intellicart has been updated. It now displays the games alphabetically, has a higher transfer rate (from 19.2k to 38.4k) and uses the scroll key.

For those who have an Intellicart, this software is a must. Even if you have to go buy a Palm, which can be bought on Ebay for around $50, get one!

This is the only way I load games now.

Thanks, David”

A little taste from Intellivision Productions

This came in from D. Harley about IP’s possible future endeavors:
“I do not want to create much excitement. A representative from Intellivision Productions did not give out many details, but this is what I have heard:

– Space Shuttle plays with bugs but does not have sound. I have seen it running though with sound. I have no idea why Keith said that it does not have sound.

– Flintstones game might be redone with different characters allowing it to be released. I doubt that this will happen though.

– Yogi still has the licensing issue. No info on release.

– A keyboard component emulator is being created but not by Intellivision Inc. I have no status to report on the progress of it though. Expect, I believe, for 15 cassettes to be released with the emulator if it comes to be.

– An new version of Lives! or Rocks! may be released next year. Expect it to have the Tutorvision and some homebrew games. Hopefully some unreleased ones also.

My personal hopes are that cartridges are found and dumped to the PC as many other games have such as Scooby Doo’s Maze Craze. These would be the rare ones though as all the released ones are out there.

Besides the Lives/Rock CDs being released on other platforms, the only other announcement was the 10/25 Direct-to-TV and the individual hand-helds. The 10/25 have been evaluated already. I bought one only to support the company. The games are not like the originals and are more kid oriented as they are easier to play. My wife was able to eat a shark in Shark! Shark! :)”

Thanks for the info DH, to say the least, it’s nice to look forward to some well-needed new releases.

Intellivision Productions at CGE2k3

Well this past weekend was the annual Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Intellivision Productions was hard at work promoting the new 10 and 25 game portable Intellivision units. Yes, that’s right.. portable!! Judging by the look of the controller, it was intended on taking advantage of the simple games that INTV offered and not complex titles like Chess, Utopia, Treasure of Tarmin, etc. But hey… now you can take it with you everywhere!

Here is the Intellivision Productions ad page for the new release:
http://www.intellivisionlives.com/retrotopia/direct2tv.shtml

I’ve posted a review of this new unit by Fast Ed from the Delice site. Thanks for the input Ed!

Wolfenstien 3D on INTV???

Arnauld ‘The Mad Programmer’ is at it again building a brand new game based on the original ID version of Castle Wolfenstien 3D. Right now there is a test version that is really helping to build the walls and see how the INTV chipset handles the load. It looks crude, but again, it’s a WIP (Work in Progress) and with the help and input of the INTVProg group, this promises to be a breakthrough in INTV gaming.

CGC Presses on!

This is a literal ‘cut and paste’ from Joe’s site regading the Classic Game Controller…

“Latest updates for Classic Game Controller:

It’s now 3 months since we placed the first order for the CGC. We have been having nothing but problems with our manufacturer. We finally have in our possession 100 CGC devices and 100 enclosures for them. The manufacturer bungled the enclosures, so they all need to be hand modified so the adapter can be plugged into it.

We also need to create our own USB cables for each one, using a special internal connector, since the manufacturer didn’t think to make the enclosure big enough to accommodate a normal header.

More bad news, we have no adapter cables from the manufacturer, either.

We are trying to find a way to hand produce the adapter cables on a per-customer basis. We will keep everyone informed as to our progress.

The good news is, it works. We have tested the new boards, and they seem to work flawlessly.”

Don’t worry Joe… we’re hanging in there…

IntyOS RELEASED!

New to the Intellivision World is the release of IntyOS version 0.2 Alpha! At the controls of this project is Arnuald Chevallier, whom has had quite a bit of success with many INTV projects. This one particular program will allow this Intellivision to step into the new mellinium and provide us with tools and options never imagine before. With talk of a possible HTML reader, and Telnet sessions, IntyOS promises to push the Intellivision as far as being on the internet. Not an unual idea as the Commodore 64 is capable of the same, as are some older Tandy, and Atari computers.

From his site:

” This project was initiated just for the fun of it after a thread was started by Joe Zbiciak in the IntvProg discussion list about Contiki, another open-source operating system for very small computers. However, IntyOS is not a port of Contiki and does not have the same desktop environment, nor the same built-in tools. It was written from scratch in CP-1600 assembly language in order to fit exactly to the hardware specificities of the Intellivision. Its main goal is now to see how far it’s possible to go with today’s technologies on such a limited system from the early 80’s”

“Right now, the system is not doing many things at this point. But in later versions, it may be time to look for external devices and/or an Internet connection, do some memory tests, build a files system… or whatever.”

Stop by his site at http://intyos.spatula-city.org and have a look at this fantastic, ground-breaking program. Arnauld even has a Java based applet for a demo of the program.

Also this is Slashdot, look here for more info as well:

http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/25/2017255&mode=nested&tid=127&tid=186&tid=202

An INTV GUI grows!

Arnuald Chevallier has been taking the time to not only produce some new games for Intellivision but at the same time, produce this very clean and user friendly GUI for the Intellivision. He named it IntyOS and has offered a very nice website to provide progress reports.

From his site:

“This project was initiated just for the fun of it after a thread was started by Joe Zbiciak in the IntvProg discussion list about Contiki, another open-source operating system for very small computers. However, IntyOS is not a port of Contiki and does not have the same desktop environment, nor the same built-in tools. It was written from scratch in CP-1600 assembly language in order to fit exactly to the hardware specificities of the Intellivision. Its main goal is now to see how far it’s possible to go with today’s technologies on such a limited system from the early 80’s …

A next step will certainly be to add an Internet connection ;-)”

Here is the link to the IntyOS site and some nice screen shots to boot:

intyos02

http://intyos.free.fr/index.php