The C64 Mini is a new all-in-one retro system that the company Retro Games Limited plans to release in 2018 to the market.
Retro consoles and systems seem to be in high demand in this time and age. Nintendo’s two retro consoles, the NES Mini and the SNES Mini, are in high demand and sold out nearly anywhere.
But Nintendo is not the only company that is releasing retro consoles. A new Atari console will come out later (Mike will publish an article about that soon as it runs Linux), and now there is the C64 Mini which was announced just recently.
The C64 Mini
The package includes a replica of the original Commodore C64 (50% of the original size), a HDMI output to connect the device to modern televisions and screens, a classic style joystick that looks a bit like the Competition Pro joysticks of old, and 64 build-in games.
The C64 is emulated by the system, comes with a save game function, and two USB ports that you can plug a keyboard in, or add a second joystick for two player gaming.
As far as games are concerned, the following games are included in the package:
AlleyKat, Anarchy, Armalyte: Competition Edition, Avenger, Battle Valley, Bounder, California Games, Chip’s Challenge, Confuzion, Cosmic Causeway: Trailblazer II, Creatures, Cyberdyne Warrior, Cybernoid II: The Revenge, Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine, Deflektor, Everyone’s A Wally, Firelord, Gribbly’s Day Out, Hawkeye, Heartland, Herobotix, Highway Encounter, Hunter’s Moon,
Hysteria, Impossible Mission, Impossible Mission II, Insects In Space, Mega-Apocalypse, Mission A.D, Monty Mole, Monty on the Run, Nebulus, Netherworld, Nobby the Aardvark, Nodes Of Yesod, Paradroid, Pitstop II, Rana Rama, Robin Of The Wood, Rubicon, Skate Crazy, Skool Daze, Slayer, Snare, Speedball,
Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe, Spindizzy, Star Paws, Steel, Stormlord, Street Sports Baseball, Summer Games II, Super Cycle, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, The Arc Of Yesod, Thing Bounces Back, Thing on a Spring, Trailblazer, Uchi Mata, Uridium, Who Dares Wins II, Winter Games, World Games, Zynaps.
The package includes some all-time favorites such as Speedball II, Uridium, Winter Games, Paradroid, Impossible Mission, and Hawkeye.
The company plans to release the C64 Mini with the help of distribution partner Koch Media in early 2018 for €79.99, $69.99, £69.99.
Retro Games announced that it plans to release a full sized version as well in 2018. While it failed to mention explicitly what that means, it likely means that you get the same package but with a C64 system that has the original size instead of the 50% of the C64 Mini.
The game package focuses mostly on action, but also on multi-player fun as games like California Games are also included in the listing.
While the selection is quite good, it lacks some of the highest rated games of all time for the Commodore C64. Want some examples?
- Airborne Ranger
- Bard’s Tale
- Boulder Dash
- Bubble Bobble
- Defender of the Crown
- Ghost & Goblins
- Great Giana Sisters
- Green Beret
- Last Ninja 2
- Little Computer People
- Maniac Mansion
- Mayhem in Monster Land
- MicroProse Soccer
- Pool of Radiance (and other SSI games)
- Rainbow Islands
- Samurai Warrior
- Skate or Die
- Turrican II
- Ultimate IV: Quest of the Avatar
- Who Dares Wins
- Zac McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
The C64 Mini is a welcome addition to the retro revival that we see right now. The system will appeal mostly to gamers that grew up with the C64, and some that would like to get the opportunity to play games released for the system.
While you can buy original C64 systems on eBay and other marketplaces for the same price, these don’t come with HDMI and won’t be as easy to use as you need to type commands to run games for instance.
Then again, you get the full package which means that you are not limited to the 64 games that come with the C64 Mini.
Now You: Are you interested in the C64 Mini?