Wow, I have been away for a while. Spent a lot of time chasing down the jokers at Intv Prime to make headway on their game*. Anyway, the last time I saw this thread, I was on page 7... There were lots of opinions on this posted, some of them were even good. Here's my $.02:
This forum, God bless it, is The Intellivision Echo Chamber. Of course people here want a cartridge slot. Of course people here want the full classic Intellivision experience from the 80's/90's.
From what I gather from the livestreams and media postings, this console isn't about "us" on this forum. "Us" are probably going to buy anything with The Running Man on it, we'd buy a dog turd if it had Running Man Frosting on it. I think the idea is to fill a niche in gaming, going back to when video games were marketed and advertised (2 different things) to people that were not gamerz. Microsoft and Sony and Nintendo want the mega-bucks games with big productions, games that create recurring revenue streams. I'm not sure if they can make any money at all if they go low on pricing and availability, they are locked into competing at the high end. For every family affluent enough to have an Xbox One X, there are 50 that don't in my estimation. Those 50 families probably have a mix of Android tablets of phones for games, and tablet-controlled games are just not that great. Also, the high-end games take a lot of learning, the "pick up and play" aspect is just about dead. There are rare exceptions on the high end - I found Overcooked on the Xbox to be a great 4-player local co-op family fun game, my family of 4 understood and played after 10 minutes. Anyway, there are probably millions of worldwide units that could be sold to people that can't shell out a ton of $ for a console plus games plus BS like Fortnite Skins, people that want to play something fun, fast.
Borrowing from the Intellivision library looks like it fits the bill for modern games. A fully updated Utopia with 21st Century graphics and sound and internet play and algorithms/heuristics that don't have to fit into 4k is a great idea. A 21st Century version of Tron Maze-a-Tron (with none of the quirks and tons of space for programming logic, hey make it where people can learn inadvertently) would be good. 21st Century versions of Sea Battle, Shark Shark, Microsurgeon, Burgertime, Dracula, all awesome. So a company that wants to do that basically has to buy/license the whole Intellivision catalog, there's no reason to license and not take the Intellivision name as well...
For the classic Inty, maybe it will work like the Mega II chip inside the Apple IIGS, where an entire IIe was fitted to a chip placed on the motherboard, and when classic mode was needed, the chip went "live" but otherwise the IIGS electronics ruled. An adapter for a cartridge slot would be necessary for carts, but really I doubt they would sell more than 5,000 of them (being liberal).
Also on the classic side, I would like to see a download mechanism for the classic side to give independent/homebrew publishers a way to sell more of their stuff. Take awesome titles like Christmas Carol, Sydney Hunter, Boulderdash, etc etc etc that are stuck with us in Intyland and sell 200-400 copies - I would love to see the developers get more exposure (and sales) on a console with millions of new potential distribution points. And if it's download-only then the publishers would be protected from piracy.
One thing the console will need is marketing and advertising. I think Tommy Tallarico knows how to bring that kind of heat. If he doesn't then the system will fail. But if he reaches the customers where they are, with the right message (fast playability, low cost, fun exclusives, family friendly), they will sell, regardless of what we The Intellivision Faithful will do.
And hey, our hardware is not going to last forever. Our stuff was built tough, but like my Newton and Apple II stuff, parts and things get more and more scarce. Having access to affordable ways to play the games I want gets more important with every disc press+roll. I am still waiting to offer something inappropriate for someone to get my Intellivision reliably and simply connected to my modern TV, converters to do the HDMI work are $200 by themselves. A console under $200 that lets me play Dungeons & Dragons on my flat screen HDMI TV with no BS? Sold!
* For those that eventually play The Minstrel's Legend, get used to the scene attached to this post - TPK.