So I am assuming you are a developer? If so, I understand your point of view about liking the limitations.
I don't quite understand why you want the IntelliXpander to fail. Do you feel threatened by it in any way?
So you find it ok if it is built in inside the cartridge but not ok if it is an expansion module? So you weren't against it after all? Again, it is fine you don't care about the advanced features, I understand. I just don't understand why you want it to be "a niche item at best".
I don't want it to fail, but I'd prefer if it doesn't become the de-facto standard for Intellivision gaming in the 21st century (at least, that's how I read your comment about the CV). For 2 potential reasons:
1. Those of us who enjoy programming to the original hardware will find ourselves with a non-existent market soon enough. Because everyone will just expect games to be written for the new unit.
2. People who don't buy the expansion unit are essentially "locked out" of new homebrew. Heck, half of the people buying Intellivision homebrew don't own an Intellivoice, and you can pick those up for $5 on Ebay. Same with the ECS. It's already easy to make a game that shuts out a large chunk of the market, and this with accessories that are essentially unlimited and very cheap. Fortunately most Inty devs write games assuming neither are present, so they're really just for extra effects for the people who can take advantage of them.
What I fear is a segmentation of the market (those with and without the new module), or worse, it becomes "a new obligatory accessory". If it were part of new carts, at least everyone could play the new games.
I realize this is a philosophical discussion. We already have things like RAM expansion in carts today - but to me this is more like bolting on an entirely new console to the unit. Plenty of people want that, don't get me wrong. It's not for me to dictate how people enjoy their games I just think we could lose something special if Intellivision homebrew essentially becomes an entirely new console target.
Don't get me wrong - if Oscar whips up IntyBASIC support for it, I'll almost certainly write some stuff for it