Nostalgia really becomes the new hen with the fashionable golden eggs. After the NES Mini, the SNES Mini, and the Ataribox that will also play on this board, it is to the famous microcomputer released in 1982, Commodore 64, to make its come back version Mini . As a reminder, the original embedded a 8-bit processor MOS Technology 6510 clocked at about 1 MHz and 64KB of RAM.
Retro Games Ltd, the company behind this 1/2 scale model, will market its C64 Mini in 2018 for a suggested retail price of 79.99 euros, exactly the same as the mini Nintendo consoles. The device will automatically incorporate 64 games, including Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Impossible Mission or Speedball 2 (complete list on the manufacturer's website) and will be delivered with a joystick.
It will have an HDMI port to be connected to any modern TV and two USB-A ports. The first will be used to connect a joystick, the second to connect another joystick or a PC keyboard, says the company. This last option will allow to program in BASIC language, as with the original version of the C64.
Given that you can plug in a keyboard, it's a safe bet that the one integrated with the C64 Mini will be artificial, especially since the brand writes on its site that another version "full size and fully functional" will also arrive in 2018. Yes, Retro Games does not intend to stop at version "Mini" : when you are told that the exploitation of nostalgia is in fashion …