35 years on from its original release, the Commodore 64 is back.
Not to be outdone by Nintendo, fans of the best-selling eighties home computer system will soon be able to relive classic video game moments with the release of the C64 Mini. Developed by Retro Games Ltd. and distributed by Koch Media, the C64 Mini is a fully licensed reimagining of the Commodore 64 and likely to be a must-have for fans of classic gaming.
Scaled down to half the size of the original home computer, the C64 Mini will plug directly into your television and comes with a classic joystick and 2 USB ports. Following its release in 1982, the Commodore 64 became a hugely popular computer of choice, going on to sell millions of units while introducing the world to a slew of classic video games including Platoon, He Who Dares Wins, Ghostbusters and Hawkeye.
Anyone old enough to remember the Commodore 64 (former owner right here) will be thankful that the cassette and tape player do not make a return. Instead, each game is pre-built into the C64 Mini for instant access to a library of titles. According to the developer, 64 fully licensed and pre-installed games will be included with the release of the computer which features Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Nebulus and Monty Mole.
Despite the lack of tape deck, nostalgic folk that want a familiar experience can opt to plug in a standard USB PC keyboard to use the computer as the classic Commodore 64 once did.
“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.”
The C64 Mini arrives at retail in early 2018 with a suggested retail price of £69.99.