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Nintendo may not be the first company to propose the concept of “mini” game consoles, but due to its popular NES and SNES classic versions, it can be said to be the most successful.
Since then, we have seen companies such as Sega, SNK, Konami, and Taito join the micro-console club, but there are also some mini-systems based on home computers, such as ZX Spectrum and C64. The latter is manufactured by the British company Retro Games and will soon be succeeded, proving that there is still some mileage in the micro-console market.
The A500 Mini will be released early next year and will bring 25 classic Commodore Amiga games (the copyright minefield surrounding the Commodore and Amiga brands means that neither of these two names can be officially used in the title of the machine). Koch Media is responsible for the distribution.
So far, 12 games have been confirmed to be included. Alien Breed 3D, Alien World, ATR: All Terrain Racing, Chess, Corpse, Kick-off 2, Pinball Dream, Wizard Simon, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, The Chaos Engine, Worms: The Director’s Cut and Zool: “Nth” dimension ninja All will be carried on the A500 Mini, and the remaining games will be confirmed later. Interestingly, you can use a USB drive to load more titles.
All common functions are included, such as saving state and screen filters, and the machine is even equipped with a mouse and gamepad (the latter is based on Very scary CD32 controller, so let’s hope they have made some improvements). The unit outputs at 720p via HDMI.
The original Commodore Amiga was launched in 1985 and was one of the first home platforms equipped with 16-bit CPUs. Competing with the Atari ST of the same specification, Amiga became one of the most popular home computers of that era, and was widely supported by Western studios.Many of its more popular games-for example Lemming, wise football and cannon fodder – Entered game consoles such as SNES and Game Boy. However, derivative systems such as CDTV and CD32 suffered serious failures. The rise of game consoles such as Mega Drive and SNES, and the rise of PCs reduced Amiga’s market share to the point where Commodore was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1994.
Although other companies still see the value of mini game consoles, since the SNES classic version, Nintendo has not produced any new products in this market segment-although the rumors of the Game Boy and N64 versions have made fans dream for a while.
The A500 Mini is expected to be priced at 119.99 GBP/129.99 EUR/139.99 USD/199.99 AUD when it is launched in early 2022.
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