I was excited about the Nintendo Classic Mini, it got a lot of hype – but I didn’t really “get it”. That’s because I wasn’t a Nintendo child, I was a Commodore 64 and Amiga 500 kid. Today, having seen the Commodore 64 retro console about to hit the market, I get it – I really do.

The idea of playing Summer Games, Winter Games, California Games, Pitstop II etc is bloody exciting. These are the games of my childhood!

C64 mini as it will be known will be available from March 29 and while no distribution or pricing details are yet known, you’d have to expect it to be a $99 or $149 product and we’ve already seen it at $149 at JB HIFI so expect it to retail in all the same places that went crazy for the Nintendo classic consoles.

It’s a big unit, half the size of the original Commodore 64, and will output in 720p via a single HDMI port. There’s 2 USB ports so you can plug in the controller, and there’s a save game function so you can have fun at any time and pick up where you left off.

Games will load in an instant and no command is required to get them going, however, if you wanted to do some BASIC programming, bad news – the keyboard is just for show – no functional keys. Good news, plug in a USB keyboard and you’re running.

That’s right, C64 BASIC programming is back!


There are 64 games built in – sadly no Arnies Armchair Cricket or Americas Cup, nor is Le Mans on the list – but there’s plenty to entertain you:

  1. Alleykat
  2. Anarchy
  3. Anarchy Armalyte – Competition Edition
  4. Avenger
  5. Battle Valley
  6. Boulder Dash
  7. Bounder
  8. California Games
  9. Chip’s Challenge
  10. Confuzion
  11. Cosmic Causewa
  12. Creatures
  13. Cyberdyne Warrior
  14. Cybernoid II: The Revenge
  15. Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine
  16. Deflektor
  17. Everyone’s a Wally
  18. Firelord
  19. Gribbly’s day Out
  20. Hawkeye
  21. Heartland
  22. Herobotix
  23. Highway Encounter
  24. Hunter’s Moon
  25. Hysteria
  26. IO
  27. Impossible Mission
  28. Impossible Mission II
  29. Jumpman
  30. Mega Apocalypse
  31. Mission A.D.
  32. Monty Mole
  33. Monty on the Run
  34. Nebulus
  35. Netherworld
  36. Nobby the Aardvark
  37. Nodes of Yesod
  38. Paradroid
  39. Pitstop II
  40. Ranarama
  41. Robin of the Wood
  42. Rubicon
  43. Skate Crazy
  44. Skool Daze
  45. Snare
  46. Speedball
  47. Speedball 2 – Brutal Deluxe
  48. Spindizzy
  49. Star Paws
  50. Steel
  51. Street Sports Baseball
  52. Summer Games II
  53. Super Cycle
  54. Temple of Apshai Trilogy
  55. The Arc of Yesod
  56. Thing on a Spring
  57. Things Bounces back
  58. Trailblazer
  59. Uchi Mata
  60. Uridium
  61. Who Dares Wins II
  62. Winter Games
  63. World Games
  64. Zynaps