With the launch of the crazy popular Super Nintendo Classic other companies want to board the console remake money printing train. The Ataribox is looking to do that and now Commodore wants a piece with the C64 Mini. The C64 mini is a bit more interesting as it is a pretty faithful representation of the original Commodore keyboard system with full HDMI output and USB support. It comes with the base C64 mini system, HDMI cable, Joystick and 64 games including California Games, Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Nebulus and Monty Mole.

The Commodore 64 was the computer I start programming on so I was wondering if they'd allow you to program on it and it seems they well.

"As befits a home computer you can also plug in a standard USB PC keyboard and use as a classic C64 to type in those old BASIC computer listings or program new games."

Looks like they are also going to release a larger system later on which there are few details on but if it's a more faithful recreation of the original should be really interesting. I have some fun memories taking programs from C64 magazines and changing them to be fun games I wanted to play and I hope this system is just as fun for a new generation.

THEC64 Mini will hit the shops in early 2018 with a price tag of $69.99.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 10/02/2017 at 03:32pm

Outside of the C64 enthusiasts, I don't see a big market for this. Maybe I will be wrong.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/02/2017 at 03:39pm

> I don't see a big market for this. Maybe I will be wrong.

There isn't but it's still a cool idea. I'm wondering how much of a C64 recreation it will be? Like if it's wrapping a C64 emulator thad be kind of cool.

I think.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 10/02/2017 at 04:44pm

Before my family had PC, we had a Commodore 128D. That is how I learned BASIC, too. I ended up getting some modems for it and was able to get on BBSs. Someone also gave me a bunch of magazines that helped me get started w/ BASIC. I had fun editing programs a bit.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 10/02/2017 at 05:02pm

I learned basic on the Apple ][e. At the time I wanted a C64 instead.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 10/02/2017 at 08:33pm

We had those Apples in school. My cousin had one, too. I remember playing Oregon Trail on them.

I recently remembered a game on the Commodore called Little Computer People. That was interesting. Mission Impossible was tough and confusing, although I was a kid when we had it. We finally got our first PC in 95, when I was about 15.

hardeyez wrote on 10/02/2017 at 11:57pm

I will buy this in a heartbeat. That was the system I spent a ton of time on (had an early C64, then a 128, then an Amiga 512 and an Amiga 4000/40). I taught myself to program on that, bought all the manuals for it and actually had a job for a local user group cracking games for it (back when that was legal -- stupid DMCA). Sadly I sold off all my hardware during the early days of ebay because it became so valuable (to buy other computer gear :) :) ) This will be a fun throwback.

It has Impossible Mission 1 and II (I played Impossible Mission a ton, 2 not as much but it was still great). If it only had Castles of Dr. Creep... :)

Travis   Admin wrote on 10/03/2017 at 03:15am

Since it looks like it'll emulate the original C64, to some extent at least, this could be absolutely incredible for new hobbyists wanting some historical tinkering or people wanting to relive their first experiences. It's intriguing!

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