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The C64 Mini is (finally) available in the United States for US$80

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While the C64 Mini has been widely available in Europe for some time, the U.S. has missed out on the console's retro computing goodness until today. The C64 Mini is now available Stateside for US$80 through Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop.

Better late than never.

The C64 Mini rode on a wave of nostalgia and crashed onto the shores of Europe earlier this spring, but it’s been a slow trek across the pond to the U.S. Finally, the mini console’s journey is over. The C64 Mini is now available for sale in the United States for US $80 via retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and GameStop.

The C64 Mini is the latest in the “mini retro console” trend started by Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition back in 2016. Since then, we’ve seen several mini consoles hit the market, bringing gaming giants of the 80’s and 90’s back in bite-size, plug-and-play packages.

The C64 Mini is very similar to those of its ilk, packing in 64 retro games originally published for the Commodore 64. The console is a miniature replica of the original Commodore 64, which quickly became one of the most popular home microcomputers upon its release in August 1982. While the Commodore 64 found some moderate success here in the States, it was a smash hit overseas in Europe, which may explain why the Eurozone got the C64 Mini months before the U.S.

In addition to its library of games, the C64 Mini includes a BASIC interpreter for aspiring old-school coders. The console can output up to 720p via an HDMI port and has several built-in display filters that can (sort of) mimic a CRT display. Two USB ports adorn the side of the console, allowing users to plug in a keyboard, a second joystick, or a flash drive for saving games and updating the system. The console does not include a power adapter, but a standard 5V micro-USB adapter.

Initial reviews of the C64 Mini have been mixed, but if you’re craving some classic computing, you can purchase the C64 Mini for US$80, starting today.

Here’s the official games list:

  • AlleyKat
  • Anarchy
  • The Arc Of Yesod
  • Armalyte: Competition Edition
  • Avenger
  • Battle Valley
  • Bounder
  • California Games
  • Chip’s Challenge
  • Confuzion
  • Summer Games II
  • Spindizzy
  • Slayer
  • Star Paws
  • Super Cycle
  • 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
  • Street Sports Baseball
  • Speedball
  • Temple of Apshai Trilogy
  • Thing Bounces Back
  • Thing on a Spring
  • Heartland
  • Herobotix
  • Highway Encounter
  • Hunter’s Moon
  • Hysteria
  • Impossible Mission
  • Impossible Mission II
  • Insects In Space
  • Zynaps
  • Mega-Apocalypse
  • Robin of the Wood
  • Rubicon
  • Skate Crazy
  • Skool Daze
  • Stormlord
  • Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe
  • Trailblazer
  • Uchi Mata
  • Uridium
  • Mission A.D
  • Monty Mole
  • Monty on the Run
  • Nebulus
  • Netherworld
  • Nobby the Aardvark
  • Nodes Of Yesod
  • Paradroid
  • Pitstop II
  • Rana Rama
  • Steel
  • Snare
  • Who Dares Wins II
  • Winter Games
  • World Games

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Sam Medley, 2018-10-11 (Update: 2018-10-11)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.