C64 Mini Announced

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    A timeless classic is being given a new lease of life with the launch of THEC64 Mini.

    Developed by Retro Games Ltd. - and distributed by Koch Media – THEC64 Mini is a fully licensed reimagining of the 80’s bestselling home computer.

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    Half the size of the original, THEC64 Mini connects directly to your television and comes with a classic joystick, that plugs into one of the two USB ports available, allowing you to play the built-in games.

    Launched in 1982, the C64 home computer went on to dominate the home computer scene throughout the 1980s. Millions of units were sold across the world and have a special place in the hearts of its former owners.

    35 years later and it’s back. THEC64 Mini plugs into any modern TV via its HDMI port and gamers can play any one of the 64 licensed classic pre-installed games. This includes games from original legendary developers such as Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson and The Bitmap Brothers; and boasting titles such as California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission. Most of these were rated over 90% by leading publications of the day, with many winning coveted awards. From sports to shooters, platformers to puzzlers, there’s a plethora of titles to keep the most discerning retro enthusiast happy.

    “We are delighted to be able to bring back some of the most loved retro games ever, on one of the most successful formats of all time”, said Paul Andrews, Retro Games’ Managing Director.

    “THEC64 mini is a reimagining of the classic C64 computer and the first in a planned series of products on the way.”

    As befits a home computer you can also plug in a standard USB PC keyboard and use as a classic C64 to type in those old BASIC computer listings or program new games.


    THEC64 Mini will hit the shops in early 2018 with a suggested retail price of £69.99/$69.99/€79.99.

    :arrow:www.thec64.com
     
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    Amiga version would be even better.
     
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    I was just going to reply and say if they did an Amiga Mini i'd be all over that. That was the computer which got me interested in computers and tech as a kid. So many good games were out on the Amiga too.
     
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    Your mom's basement.
    You could also play Commodore 64 games on it.
     
  5. Mikemk

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    Is there a picture?
    Also, wouldn't it be awkward since the C64 used a keyboard?
     
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    Promo video here:


    It's a keyboard!

    Neat!
     
  7. spinal_cord

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    Don't people follow links before posting? Yes there is a picture, yes there is a keyboard...

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  8. Veho

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    And a joystick:


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    "WHAT'S INCLUDED

    THE C64 Mini
    Joystick
    One HDMI cable
    Manual"

    Neat!
     
  9. leon315

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    Those copycats in 2017....

    Meanwhile, will Nintendo release N64 mini??
     
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    Awesome! I want an Atari ST next !
     
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    ordered in januari the console version,hope its gona be good.
     
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    Well I still have two Original C64 at home (at least one should still work including floppy drive)

    Even though its very bad behaviour that Europe as to pay most again 80€ are a lot more than 70$ ...
    this would be interesting but I don't see any explanation about the possibility to add/replace games.
    for 80€ I would want to be able to add my own games, especially as I don't know any of these 64 best games :/

    I allways played Summer and Wintergames and California Games as well as some old Golf and whatever, all not included, at least i didn't see any of these at first glance.


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    sorry second glance I see California Games at least
     
  13. Mikemk

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    Sorry, the picture wasn't loading on my phone.

    So is it actually miniaturized?
     
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    Did you seriously not read the text in the first post and did you seriously not watch the promo video or look at the pics lol because your question would have been answered it's 50% smaller than an original C64
     
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    @youkai,they have an sdcard slot,so i think you can play games also via sdcard,not be sure.
     
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    I'm not familiar with the commodore 64, but from that front list of included games I only recognize chip's challenge (which was a pretty decent puzzleplatformer I played on a windows 3.11 computer). And googling a list of "best commodore 64 games" yields pretty much an entirely different list (of which, as Youkai mentions, only California games seem to be included, as far as I can tell. Oh...and Impossible mission). Granted, the c64 had a pretty massive game library, but still...shouldn't they at least add some games of which the franchises aren't dead yet? (pac-man, bubble bobble, R-type ?) :unsure:
     
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    I'd imagine the ones where the franchises aren't dead are the ones that would be hell to get licensed properly.

    It's a cool device, but not something I'd pay 80€ for.
     
  19. Veho

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    This part of the description is interesting:

    My guess is they have some sort of Raspberry Pi equivalent in there running an emulator. It would be nice if it could dual boot into a semi-useful OS or media center.
     
  20. Cyan

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    that's nice to get something like this, but I'd hope they allowed disk access too (Floppy).
    A lot of people still have their original floppy disk, it would be great to still being able to insert in an official Floppy2USB reader and use them.

    I still have my Amiga600 floppy disks, maybe one day I will use them again without a real Amiga600 hardware.
     
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