Another classic system has entered the fray. We have had the NES and SNES mini-systems, and then a C64 Mini which was done by Retro Games Ltd. We ever get Nintendo bringing back Game and Watch. Now let’s introduce the A500 Mini.
What is the A500 Mini?
The name may not immediately jump out, but for me, the name brings back many memories. This is the return of the iconic Amiga 500 which was a popular 16-bit computer, and the new mini like the C64 is also made by Retro Games Ltd.
It will be a reimagining of the original 16-bit system. So it will emulate the original chipset of the original A500, as well as the AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture) of the slightly newer A1200..
The A500 Mini comes with a mouse and gamepad. It also has support if you choose to use a standard USB keyboard. You also get 25 games., but only 12 have been confirmed. One including the original Zool, and that has recently been announced as returning.
What games are expected?
We have 12 confirmed as we say and we can add more via with WHDLoad support. So the 12 confirmed are
- Alien Breed 3D
- Another World
- ATR: All Terrain Racing
- Battle Chess
- 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
What console features will be available?
We can save and resume games, have refresh options on 50Hz and 60Hz screens and a CRT filter.
Koch Media is working with Retro Games Ltd again to sell the system. This was also who helped sell the C64 Mini.
And for release, all we know is early 2022 priced at £119.99/ €129.99/$139.99.
If you’re interested in this and excited about this release, then please let us know. Personally, I am excited to play Speedball 2, Zool and Alien Breed again, however old those titles are.