The Commodore 64 Returns

When you went to an arcade back in the 1980s, there was one game per machine. Today, you can buy a multi-game arcade machine for your home as well one of the several classic games consoles that are available. Examples of the latter include the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition. Now there is a new product about to enter the fray – the Commodore 64 Mini otherwise known as the C64 Mini.

The original Commodore 64 went on sale in 1982. It was a step up in home computing technology at the time as it offered better sound and graphics than other products on the market. It would go on to break records and is still officially recognized as the bestselling single computer model in history. Up to 17 million units were sold by the time it was discontinued in 1994.

Now it is coming back, as a retro gaming machine. After all, while there were around 10,000 different software titles available for the Commodore 64, it was mostly used to play games.

The C64 Mini

The Commodore 64 Mini should be on sale sometime early in 2018. It looks exactly like the original you probably had in your bedroom back in the 80s, although it is 50 percent smaller. You get a classic joystick and lots of classic games, but there are modern features too. This includes an HDMI port for plugging into modern TVs and USB ports so you can add a modern joystick or your keyboard.

It's all about the games, though, isn’t it? On that front, you won’t be disappointed. The Commodore 64 Mini will be preloaded with, fittingly, 64 classic games. They include greats like:

• Speedball and Speedball 2 – like soccer, but the ball is made from steel, you wear armor, and it's okay to hurt your opponent

• California Games – compete in skateboard, roller skating, surfing, and BMX bike competitions

• Impossible Mission – stop Professor Elvin Atombender from launching a missile attack that will destroy the world

• Pitstop II – car race gaming retro style

Has this reminiscing about the Commodore 64 got you thinking about the other great arcade and video games you played in your youth? You should check out our range of retro arcade machines to see just how much choice there is on the market today.