Commodore 64 Mini Coming to North America on October 9

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  1. Megalith

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    Following delays, Retro Games is now saying the Commodore 64 Mini will hit US shelves on October 9. The C64 Mini is a 50%-scaled replica of the classic 8-bit home computer with 64 games built in and bundled joystick. Owners can even dabble in C64 BASIC after plugging in a USB keyboard.

    The C64 Mini comes with a number of notable C64 titles, like School Daze, Monty Mole, Rubicon, and more. It also has a USB port with USB keyboard support to plug in and operate it as a computer just like the Commodore 64 when it released 36 years ago.
     
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    You guys should look into the ZX Spectrum Next as well It is a huge project in the final stage Theoretically the hardware might even be able to do Commodore 64.
     
  3. J3RK

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    There is one thing stopping me from grabbing this. (aside from the pile of 8 working C64Cs in my basement :D ) and that is including a non-functional keyboard on the unit. Either make it functional, or leave it off the device. "Authentic" aesthetic without the function is stupid. I'd be happier with a little C64-looking box that didn't have the fake keys. (or working keys)

    Otherwise it looks like it would be kind of fun.

    I'll just keep using VICE though.

    I suppose I could repackage it into a milled aluminum case or something like that though. Hmmm... I wonder if more disk images can be hacked in. I suppose at that point though, some kind of Pi solution would be better.
     
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    The reviews I've seen say the packaged joystick is shit quality too. They basically said between the non-functional KB and the terrible quality joystick there is no reason to buy it unless you just want it as a collector's item to display on your shelf.
     
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    There were some C= branded PCs being made a while back. Basically a small form factor PC in a C64-style case with actual C= branding. One of those running VICE would be great.
     
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    I’ve also got several 64s and a couple of 128s for real nostalgia, but would certainly pick one of these up if it had a functional keyboard. Which reminds me I need to break out a couple of my C64DTV and fiddle with them.
     
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    No Ghostbusters, no sale
     
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    Whenever the C65 Mega project finally has units up for sale I will be all over that. I also finally ordered a Colour Maximite. It should fill in my early 80s retro jonesing for a bit.
     
  9. lucidrenegade

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    Yeah, but who h
    Yeah, but who has a VIC 20? :)
     
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    When are they going to do the Texas Instruments 99/4a!? Include the massive expansion box and the voice synth module.
    I think my uncle had a C64.
    Wonder what else will get the mini treatment, maybe the NeoGeo. Remember they released an Android tablet that docks into a base that looks like a NG.
     
  11. Poke 32767, 1
    Poke 32768, 2
    Poke 65535, 0

    God my head is full of useless stuff

    It would be awsome if it had gary kitchen's game construction set
     
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    SYS 64738
     
  13. cyberguyz

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    Good lord. I haven't touched poking machine language in BASIC in decades! I really hope you can bsave and bload them to/from cassette tape!
     
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    load "$", 8

    If you're lucky, and have the fast loader cartridge, it's a lot faster when loading software from the disk drive. I recall using the "cload" command instead.
     
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    If it was the Epyx Fast Load, you just typed $
     
  16. Anybody remember poke 53280 and 53281? :)
     
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    Background and Border colors. :p You can write them into a little loop, and give yourself a seizure. :D
     
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  18. eclypse

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    Might have to check this out depending on the games..
     
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    ¡o0¡

    I miss these days. The best of both worlds. Load the game and go out to play for-a long while. Come back to see if it was done loading, and if not go back out for a bit more. Come back and if 10 loaded, 20 get drink, 30 go to play game......[please do not critique the basic...reference only]
     
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  20. acidrain97

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    I still use my c64 for wardialing. google voice is great for that.
     
  21. J3RK

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    It's apparent to me that you needed a 1541. (I still played outside, but didn't have to wait long for my games to load.) :D

    Oh... and... 40 GOTO 10
     
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    I dont care about the box.. just he games for a bit of nostalgia.
     
  23. J3RK

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    No Archon or Archon Adept, no M.U.L.E., no Lady Tut, no DinoEggs, no Ultimate Wizard, no Beach Head 2, no Raid on Bungeling Bay... Those were some glaring omissions.

    Their list isn't too bad, but it's definitely missing some good ones.
     
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    Here's a quote I seen in an article.



    There's no cassette or floppy drive available, but FAT32-formatted USB sticks (up to 64GB) can be accessed just like an old 1541: Label the stick THEC64-drive8.d64, copy your "legally obtained C64 programs" onto it, and then give it the ol' "LOAD “NAME”,8,1," followed by the "Run" command. For those who prefer convenience over authenticity (and shame on you for it), an "easier and more powerful" loader will be provided in a future firmware update.

    The full list of preloaded games:


    • Alleykat
    • Anarchy
    • Armalyite – Competition Edition
    • Avenger
    • Battle Valley
    • Boulder Dash
    • Bounder
    • California Games
    • Chip's Challenge
    • Confuzion
    • Cosmic Causeway
    • Creatures
    • Cyberdyne Warrior
    • Cybernoid II: The Revenge
    • Cybernoids: The Fighting Machine
    • 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 AD
    • Monty Mole
    • Monty on the Run
    • Nebulus
    • Netherworld
    • Nobby the Ardvark
    • 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
    There's still no price listed for the C64 Mini, nor are any retailers in North America specified. Hopefully we'll have information on both coming soon. For now, you can find out more about what's being offered at thec46.com.


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    So if theres an option to load your own games, it's a win!

     
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  25. Eradan

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    I still have mine in the box with a bunch of books, carts, and accessories. Not sure why I keep it around but it's the first computer I bought with my own money.

    I may pick this up for Impossible Mission (stay a while, stay FOREVER!) and Temple of Apshai. Would like to have seen Mail Order Monsters, Demon Stalkers, Amazon, Nine Princes In Amber, and a few others.
     
  26. squash

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    Allwinner A20 cpu running a stripped down Linux image with VICE. You don't need to buy this device, you can just download Vice yourself.
     
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  27. cyberguyz

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    Bruh! That was almost 30 years ago :p My memory ain't that good anymore!
     
  28. Auburn_Tigers

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    Anyone remember playing videogames off a cassette recorder? How you doing?

    Better yet, how about the old sears acrade console. You used a dial knob for a control.
     
  29. SixFootDuo

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    How about the Amiga?

    Had a C64 and loved it but an Amiga system would be incredible.
     
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  30. Hagrid

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    That was my first computer! Tape drive, oh yeah!

    I do not need anything like this. Emulators are just fine.
     
  31. J3RK

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    Might I direct you to a few things.

    First, grab WinUAE.
    Second, grab legitimate Kickstart ROMs from CloanTo.
    Third, grab AmiKit.

    So far, all 100% legitimate and legal.

    Now, if you're up for it, find WHD Load disk images of your favorite games. :D That part... less legal.

    Still, you can build a nice little Amiga setup around this. You can even make a bootable flash disk that goes straight into Workbench.

    I was thinking about making a nice little NUC-style Amiga system based around all of this.
     
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    Yeah, this is the same old song and dance going back years and years and years. I've been doing everything you've described for years.

    I don't want a software solution any longer, an emulator, etc etc.

    I want a pretty little Amiga 1200 case that I can stick a 256GB micro sdhc card into and just turn on and use ... at the hardware level with HDMI that ... just ... works.

    Vampire V4 is going to be super expensive.
     
  33. J3RK

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    I hear you. Actually, I kind of stopped emulating the Amiga until I discovered AmiKit. It just works. I do want to dedicate a small computer to it though. A cool all-in-one A600 / A1200 style case would be pretty cool though I'll admit.
     
  34. Burticus

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    Nah. I did my 64 phase and honestly there are no 64 games that I pine for. I had a great time back in the 80's but most of that stuff isn't even worth the effort today. Hell if I had skipped buying all the 64/128 hardware and floppy disks I probably could have bought a car instead.

    Now, give me an Amiga 1200-mini pre-loaded with games and HDMI output for $79, and I'll bite.
     
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    No SID version of Magical Sound Shower... no sale. lol



    Its crazy what folks like Hiroshi Kawaguchi got out of those old arcade and early home computer chips.
     
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    USB 1541 emulation makes this a must buy for me.

    There were so many games for the C64 it would be impossible to acquire and license all the good ones, but the fact that you can add your own makes this way better than all the other retro systems.
     
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    <-- Tech Horder! - I Still have two C64's and a C64 "portable" with single and dual 5.25" drives in the basement.
     
  38. wrangler

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    Why do I have to plug in a USB keyboard to enjoy some basic? There's a keyboard right on top of the frickin thing.


    I use to use these things all the time and punch in a com program to run amateur radio BBS activity.
     
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    Now you get a sd drive for ancient c64 :)
     
  40. seanreisk

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    Ah, the Amiga 500. I had one, an amazing piece of work. It wasn't perfect, but it was freaking incredible considering the size of the team that supported it. If the playing field had been level it would have won the personal computer wars.

    Some people say the Atari PCs were the better system, but if you looked under the hood and got close to the metal you saw that the Amiga was a very clever animal. Everything else, including the IBM PCs and the Mac, were poor sisters.
     
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