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C64 Mini targets October launch in North America

/ 07:57 PM July 25, 2018

The C64 Mini made its European debut in March ahead of a North American launch in October 2018. Image: Retro Games, Ltd. via AFP Relaxnews

A shrunk-down edition of the Commodore 64, a home computer popular in the 1980s, is preparing to make its North American debut on Oct. 9, 2018 with some 64 games pre-loaded.

If it wasn’t such a brand-loyal blend of beige-grey and brown, it would be positively rose-tinted: this nostalgic, miniaturized version of the Commodore 64 even comes with a replica Competition Pro joystick.

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Having made its European bow in March 2018, The C64 Mini is now being prepared for an Oct. 9 launch in North America, where it is expected to retail for between $70 and $80 (P3,700 to P4.200).

Highlights among its on board games library include the button-mashing “California Games” and “Winter Games” sporting events, the tough-tackling futuristic team game “Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe”, the cave-mining action affair “Boulder Dash”, stealth operation “Impossible Mission II”, and formative jump’n’run platformer “Jumpman”.

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Access to a C64 operating system means that owners can code up their own games and applications, should they so desire, while the existence of two USB ports makes for easy loading of additional games, should owners have access.

And while the Mini’s pack-in joystick may not have the same legendary response as the iconic Competition Pro, it at least boasts the requisite nostalgic look.

Interest in retro mini consoles skyrocketed after Nintendo introduced the NES Classic Edition, also known as the Nintendo Classic Mini, in 2016.

Nintendo followed up with the SNES Classic in 2017, making both minis available in 2018.

Meanwhile, legacy manufacturer AtGames redoubled its efforts in pushing its all-in-one Atari and Sega Flashback plug and play console units, and Atari in its current form started making preparations for a 2600 Video Computer System tribute called the VCS. JB

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