Commodore 64 Strikes Back – C64 Mini to Launch Next Month

Chris Wray

Mini Consoles coming back, pre-loaded with all of your favourite games are all the rage at the moment. We've had the NES and SNES take off with such force that scalpers are making a fortune on Ebay thanks to artificial scarcity. SEGA's classic Mega Drive also got brought back, though not to the same level as its NES and SNES counterparts. The next retro classic to come straight from the mini-verse is the Commodore 64.

Introducing the C64 Mini.

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Launching 35 years after the original, the C64 mini will come with 64 (of course) pre-installed games. It will connect to modern displays via HDMI and feature a "pixel perfect" display mode at a 4:3 ratio. The console will have two USB ports for the Keyboard and Joystick. It will come in at roughly half the size of the original console.

I have my doubts that it will take off with the success of the NES or SNES minis. Nintendo's consoles had something special about them, particularly as the company is still going strong to this day. However, I can see this being a small hit for the nostalgic crowd. It could possibly be a bit of a hit with geeks who want to mess about with Commodore BASIC.

Here's the full list of games that the C64 Mini will launch with:

  • Alleycat
  • Anarchy
  • Armalyte - Competition Edition
  • Avenger
  • Battle Valley
  • Boulder Dash
  • Bounder
  • California Games
  • Chip's Challenge
  • Confuzion
  • Cosmic Causeway
  • Creatures
  • Cyberdyne Warrior
  • Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine
  • Cybernoid II: The Revenge
  • Deflektor
  • Everyone's a Wally
  • Firelord
  • Gribbly's Day Out
  • Hawkeye
  • Heartland
  • Herobotix
  • Highway Encounter
  • Hunter's Moon
  • Hysteria
  • IO
  • Impossible Mission
  • Impossible Mission II
  • Jumpman
  • Mega Apocalypse
  • Mission A.D.
  • Monty Mole
  • Monty on the Run
  • Nebulus
  • Netherworld
  • Nobby the Aardvark
  • Nodes of Yesod
  • Paradroid
  • Pitstop II
  • Ranarama
  • Robin of the Wood
  • Rubicon
  • Skate Crazy
  • Skool Daze
  • Snare
  • Speedball
  • Speedball 2 - Brutal Deluxe
  • Spindizzy
  • Star Paws
  • Steel
  • Street Sports Baseball
  • Summer Games II
  • Super Cycle
  • Temple of Apshai Trilogy
  • The Arc of Yesod
  • Thing on a Spring
  • Thing Bounces Back
  • Trailblazer
  • Uchi Mata
  • Uridium
  • Who Dares Wins II
  • Winter Games
  • World Games
  • Zynaps

As for the price of the C64 Mini, it has a recommended retail price of £69.99/$69.99/€79.99 respectively. Amazon is currently listing it at £64.99 here in the UK.

Here's a little promo video to watch while you wait for it to launch on the 29th of March.

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