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Retro Games and Koch Media have announced a March release date for TheC64 Mini, a fully licensed remake of the popular 1980’s home computer.

TheC64 Mini is the latest in a glut of systems attempting to miniaturise your gaming childhood. Still, at first glance it looks closer to the quality of Nintendo’s Classic Mini series rather than the disastrous Sega Genesis Flashback. It hits stores on March 9, 2018.

The play-and-plug device is half the size of the original Commodore 64, and is a fully functioning home computer that connects directly into a television via HDMI. TheC64 Mini includes two USB ports, and comes bundled with a pleasingly retro joystick.

The keyboard on the main chassis is purely decorative, sadly. We’re not 100% sold on the name, either:

Thankfully TheC64 Mini fares better when it comes to software: included on the system are 64 pre-installed games, including software from fondly remembered developers like Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson, and The Bitmap Brothers.

Games include Boulder DashCalifornia Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid, and Impossible Mission. You can see the full lineup on the official website.

Paul Andrews, managing director of Retro Games, says:

“We are delighted to bring to retail TheC64 mini and let both original fans of the machine, and all-new generations of games players discover this amazing system, as well as maybe even have a go at programming it for themselves!”

A full size remake of the Commodore 64 is also planned for release by Retro Games later this year.

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