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The retro Commodore 64 Mini will be available with 64 pre-loaded games from 29th March 2018 for US$70

Commodore 64 Mini / C64 Mini. (Source: Retro Gaming Ltd)
Commodore 64 Mini / C64 Mini. (Source: Retro Gaming Ltd)
Retro Games Ltd has officially announced March 29th as the launch date for the officially licensed Commodore 64 Mini. The 64 pre-loaded games have also been announced. A full-sized and fully-functional replica will also arrive later in the year.

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The Commodore 64, named so for the 64 Kilobytes of RAM inside, brings back youthful memories for many of us due to its persistence in the market. Production started in 1982 and continued over 12 years, to finally cease production in 1994 when Commodore filed for bankruptcy. I remember excitedly sitting there while my father loaded games for me from cassette or 5.25-inch floppy disk, and the old magazine clippings containing the multiple lines of code that were needed for certain tasks.

Now Retro Games Ltd have announced that the officially licensed Commodore 64 Mini (C64 Mini), which we first heard about in September 2017, will be available on the 29th of March. The C64 Mini comes as a 50 percent scale replica with USB power cable, HDMI cable, classic style joystick, and manual. Buyers must supply their own USB wall adapter, and the video output is only 720p — but keep in mind that this is emulating a platform from the 80’s that ran at 320 x 200 resolution. The integrated keyboard on the mini is purely for aesthetics and is non-functional.

In addition to the 64 classic games pre-loaded, the C64 Mini is emulating a full version of the Commodore BASIC operating system, so users can connect a USB keyboard and type out old BASIC code or create new games.

A full-sized and fully-working version of the Commodore 64 is expected later this year, and we suspect that fully working includes the integrated keyboard. For those with a hankering for retro gaming, a Raspberry Pi will happily emulate Commodore 64 games with the right emulator, but keep in mind that you are forgoing the replica look, included joystick, and Commodore BASIC operating system.

The C64 Mini will go on sale from the 29th of March with an MSRP of US$70/EU€80/GB£70 depending on region.

The 64 pre-loaded games are:

AlleyCatEveryone's a WallyMonty on the RunStar Paws
AnarchyFirelordNebulusSteel
Armalite: Completition EditionGribbly's Day OutNetherworldStreet Sports Baseball
AvengerHawkeyeNobby the AardvarkSummer Games II
Battle ValleyHeartlandNodes of YesodSuper Cycle
Boulder DashHerobotixParadroidTemple of Apshal Trilogy
BoulderHighway EncounterPitstop IIThe Arc of Yesod
California GamesHunter's MoonRanaramaThing on a Spring
Chip's ChallengeHysteriaRobin of the WoodThings Bounces Back
ConfusionIORubloonTrail Blazer
Cosmic CausewayImpossible MissionSkate CrazyUchi Mata
CreaturesImpossible Mission IISchool DazeUridium
Cyberdyne WarriorJumpmanSnareWho Dares Wins II
Cybernoid II: The RevengeMega ApocalypseSpeedballWinter Games
Cybernoid: The Fighting MachineMission A.D.Speedball 2: Brutal DeluxeWorld Games
DeflectorMonty MoleSpindizzyZynaps

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Craig Ward, 2018-02- 2 (Update: 2018-02- 2)
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Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.