Nintendo tapped into the collective nostalgia of folks that grew up playing NES games by launching the Nintendo Classic last summer. Now Atari is looking to cash in with something a little… different.
The Gameband is a smartwatch with an Android-based operating system and an AMOLED display. And it comes with a bunch of Atari games pre-loaded, including Asteroids, Pong, Breakout, and Centipede.
The Gameband isn’t officially an Atari device, but the company has partnered with FMTwo Game on the watch. A Kickstarter campaign for the watch starts today, and the plan is to begin shipping watches to backers of the campaign in September.
In order to snag a Gameband, you’ll need make a pledge of $149 or more. There were some $99 early bird prizes, but they’re all gone.
What you get for that price is a watch with a 1.6 inch, 320 x 320 pixel square display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a USB Type-C port, and a 400 mAh battery.
The watch supports dual-band 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 and has a 3-axis accelerometer, a gyroscropic sensor, and a light sensor.
The Gameband comes in a few different versions, including a black “Gameband Edition” version, a red “Atari Edition” model, and a “Terrraria Edition” version designed to match the style of the indie game.
Each model comes with a number of mini games pre-loaded, and each has been optimized for the small screen. Users can also download and manage games using FMTwo’s PixelFurnace software.
While it’s designed for gaming, the watch also supports basic Android features including calendar, music player, weather, contacts, and phone dialer apps. The Gameband also supports voice controls thanks to Amazon Alexa integration.