With the SGM 4th run now shipped, I think it is appropriated to start discussing 2018. But first...
A big thank you to all the 400 people who pre-ordered the SGM during the 4th run. That totally blew me away, was never expecting that many orders. With that, the SGM installed base has now surpassed 1000 units, which I believe is a pretty amazing for a console that is 35 years old. Had someone told me 35 years ago I was going to create a platform inside a platform, I would have never believed... or ever wrapped my head around it. Even the wildest dreams can sometimes come true, guys...
But with great powers come great responsibilities as they say (although I generally prefer to quote Star Trek as my source for wisdom). That means I actually admit game offer has been a little lackluster. I mean, the SGM was supposed to bring the arcade ports home on the ColecoVision, but I don't think that has happened just yet. So let's focus on that next.
But first there are some stuff I still need to put behind me, which will hopefully happen from now until mid May. That includes shipping the 50 additional SGMs I have, shipping the 2 color line games I started offering back in December (shipping this week guys), shipping back a couple of replacement SGMs, nameplates for the 2nd run. I also have two additional and probably final color line games that were completed last year but that I still need to offer.
Then we get to actual new content for 2018. First one is Donkey Kong. Then I have Pac-Man DX which I completed last year but still have to ship. And hopefully there is one more surprise that I am still not ready to disclose, but hopefully will make a few arcade fans here really happy (it will at least make me happy).
Truth be told, last couple of years have worn me out a bit, fighting a couple of very persistent and annoying a**holes, but hopefully the joy of the hobby will get back to me this year. I also miss interacting with people here more, the many friends I made here over the years. That is something I also want to focus this year. The worst part of becoming a publisher is that the volume of things you must take care of crushes some of the spontaneous interaction you have with other fans. It is sometimes hard to avoid, but I will try my best to correct that too.
So yeah, let's keep our beloved ColecoVision (or any classic Atari era console for the matter) alive and kicking!
To do list:
- Ship extra 50 SGMs to AtariAge
- Ship all color line games (Guardic and Penguin Wars)
- Ship nameplates 2nd run
- Ship replacement SGMs
- Fix Penguin Adventure
Opcode Games 2018 release schedule (tentative)
- SGM 4th run (shipped)
- SGM 4th run addendum release (shipping soon)
- Color line Guardic and Penguin Wars (shipping)
- Donkey Kong Arcade (TBA)
- SGM 5th run (TBA)
- Pac-Man DX (TBA)
- Gradius rerelease (TBA)
- Additional color line games (TBA)