The Commodore 64 is the highest-selling home computer of all time, reaching sales of up to 17 million. Its status in computer history is immense, and paved the way for the affordable PC. To call it an icon of computing is an understatement…but here it is, as a plug-and-play console. It may not be that coo-coo of an idea: The Commodore brand was revived in 2010, brand recognition for the system was as high as 87% the following year, and sales for Nintendo’s version of mini-systems are sky-high. The NES Classic and SNES Classic each sold more than two million units, so there’s definitely a demand for it. Either way, I’m happy to see how this plays out. If it succeeds, we could be seeing a lot more mini-systems. The C64 Mini launches on the 29th of March 2018.
From the press release:
Launched in 1982, the C64 home computer went on to dominate the home computer scene throughout the 1980s. Millions of units were sold across the world and have a special place in the hearts of its former owners.
35 years later and it’s back as the reimagined THEC64® Mini. Plugging into any modern TV via its HDMI port, users can play any one of the 64 licensed classic pre-installed games. This includes games from developers like Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson and The Bitmap Brothers boasting titles such as California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission.
Also included is the classic puzzler Boulder Dash®. The game sees ‘Rockford’ cavern crawling in search of gems while trying to avoid creatures, cave-ins and gas explosions. Stephan Berendsen, President of BBG Entertainment GmbH said: “Retro Games and BBG brought back together what has always belonged dating back to 1984 – the C64 and Boulder Dash®.”
Most of these games were rated over 90% by leading publications of the day, with many winning coveted awards. From sports to shooters, platforms to puzzles, there is a plethora of titles to keep the most discerning retro enthusiast happy.