Get ready all you retro gaming fans, a blast from the past is headed your way. Manufacturer Retro Games has revealed that THEC64 Mini will hit North American stores October 9th. The small console is a throwback to the original home computer, the Commodore 64, which first launched in August 1982.
Fitting just in the palm of your hand, the little replica comes pre-loaded with 64 classic games and comes packed with a joystick inspired by the old-school design.
Good news for parents, THEC64 Mini offers HDMI outputs for modern TVs and monitors. It also includes two USB slots so you can add a keyboard to experience the console as you would back in the 1980s: as a fleshed out computer running C64 BASIC. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can add a second joystick for two-player gaming.
“We are delighted to be able to bring back some of the most loved retro games ever, on one of the most successful formats of all time,” Paul Andrews, Retro Games’ Managing Director, said. “The North American release of THEC64 mini is a re-imagining of the classic C64 computer and one of a series of products we have on the way.”
Key Features :
- Pre-loaded with all the Retro Faves: THEC64 Mini comes with 64 classic titles already installed, including California Games, Winter Games, Impossible Mission II, Boulder Dash, Jumpman, Pitstop II, Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe, Street Sports Baseball, Summer Games II, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, Uridium and more.
- USB Ports: The unit comes equipped with two USB ports – perfect for adding an extra joystick for multiplayer games or plugging in a keyboard to create your own programming masterpieces.
- Customized Visuals: The unit features a high definition output at 720p and 60Hz via HDMI, 4:3 ratio, US/Europe display mode options, and a CRT filter for that classic look
- Back to the Basics: Plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer with C64 BASIC.
- Save Feature: For the first time, THEC64 Mini allows you to easily save your progress in games.
- Updates: THEC64 Mini supports software updates via USB flash drive so players have continued access to improved and enhanced programming.
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