Matthew Byrd

Oct 2, 2017

Miss the days of Monty Mole, Cybernoid and Hawkeye? Then get ready for the Commodore 64 mini…

Hey, remember all those good times you had playing the Commodore 64? Well, here’s some good news. The Commodore 64 is being re-released as a miniature console in the style of the NES and SNES Classic Editions.

The C64 Mini checks in at about half the size of the original console and includes modern-day conveniences like HDMI and USB ports. Those USB ports can be used to add keyboards and joysticks to the device. Otherwise, you’ll have to make due with the retro joystick included with every C64 Mini. 

Much like Nintendo’s Classic Editions, the real draw of the C64 Mini is its pre-installed library of classic Commodore titles. The C64 Mini’s library may not be quite as iconic as its Nintendo counterparts, but it’s hard to argue against the value of its 64 games. The fact that Commodore classics like Paradroid and Hawkeye are included in the device’s built-in library makes it that much more appealing to fans of one of the best-selling gaming devices of the 80s. Other titles include Cybernoid, Armalyte, Impossible Mission and Monty Mole. You can see the full library of games on the system’s website.

The C64 Mini is expected to ship sometime in early 2018 for the suggested retail price of $69.99. A larger version of the console appears to be in production and is expected to release sometime later next year. While the device’s official website suggests you can pre-order one now, trying to do so takes you to a store page that reads “Coming Soon.” As such, you’ll likely have to wait a bit if you want to secure one.