Commodore’s Amiga 500 Is the Latest Classic Console to Get the Mini Treatment

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Nintendo’s success with the miniaturization of its classic NES and SNES consoles have driven plenty of other companies to capitalize on the mini-console craze.

The latest to continue that trend is Retro Games, which announced today that it has developed a miniaturized version of one of Commodore’s most memorable systems, the Amiga 500. This console was originally released all the way back in 1987.

Appropriately dubbed the “A500 Mini,” Retro Games’ latest miniature console aims to be an honest recreation of the original that replicates its keyboard and CPU case. The mini console also comes with a 2-button mouse just like the original, as well as a newly engineered 8-button precision gamepad.

Library wise, A500 Mini users can expect 25 games included with the mini console that include classics such as Alien Breed 3D, Worms, Zool: Ninja of the “Nth” Dimension. The full lineup of games won’t be announced until a later date, but users do have the option of loading their own games off of a USB stick with WHDLoad support.

Retro Games’ A500 Mini will be released in early 2022 with a suggested retail price of $139.99.

Announced in January 1987 at CES and initially released for the Netherlands just a few months later in April 1987, Commodore’s Amiga 500 ran the AmigaOS and leveraged a Motorola 68000 processor capable of speeds of up to 7.16 MHz. It also featured 512 or 1,024 KB of memory.

Amiga 500 Mini Features

  • Emulates A500, A600 & A1200 (ECS/OCS/AGA)
  • Save & resume your progress at any time
  • Add your own games
  • 720p HD display, at 50 Hz (Europe) or 60 Hz (USA)
  • Multiple scaling options and CRT filter
  • Virtual keyboard, and USB keyboard support
  • Upgradable firmware

Amiga 500 Mini Titles

  • Alien Breed 3D
  • Another World
  • ATR: All Terrain Racing
  • Battle Chess
  • Cadaver
  • Kick Off 2
  • Pinball Dreams
  • Simon the Sorcerer
  • Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
  • The Chaos Engine
  • Worms: The Director’s Cut
  • Zool: Ninja of the ”Nth” Dimension
Image: Retro Games

Developed by Retro Games Ltd. and distributed by Koch Media, the THEA500 Mini features the perfect emulation of, not only, the original A500 (OCS) and Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) of future revisions, but also the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) of the A1200.

The THEA500 Mini comes with the original style 2-button mouse and newly engineered 8-button precision gamepad, allowing you to choose your control method. To compliment the on-screen keyboard, you can plug in an external standard PC keyboard for additional functionality.

Source: Retro Games

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