A Mini Version Of The Commodore 64 Is Coming In 2018
Retro Games Limited has announced that it's releasing a fully-licensed Commodore 64 Mini next year based on the original console from 1982. This is considered a "perfectly formed" replica, but is half the size of the original.
Development for the tiny console was inspired by the success of both Nintendo's SNES Classic and the NES Classic.
The Commodore 64 Mini features an HDMI port and two USB ports. Similar to the original, it can be used as a home computer, allowing you to write programs and games if you plug in a keyboard. The console also comes with a "classic style" joystick and 64 preinstalled games, such as Chip’s Challenge, California Games, and Impossible Mission. You can check out the full list of games here.
Resurrecting old consoles in tiny form is a popular trend right now, and Retro Games Limited is smart to hop on that considering the popularity of both the SNES and NES Classic editions. Retro Games Limited is the same group behind an upcoming Commodore 64 clone, which is a full-sized reimagining of the console for modern audiences. However, it hasn't been shipped out to its IndieGogo backers despite its promised release window of December 2016, and the team's focus is to first ship these out before the mini version releases. Time will tell as to whether the Commodore 64 Mini will hit its release window or not.