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Commodore 64 gets retro re-release

Full-sized version of the 80's gaming goliath set to launch December 5

Courtesy of Retro Games and Koch Media, the Commodore 64 is the latest classic console to receive a re-release.

Set to arrive on December 5, 2019 at a retail price of £109.99/€119.99, TheC64 is a full-sized replica, complete with keyboard, modernised to work with HD televisions.

Pre-installed on the console will be C64 classics such as California Games, Paradroid, and Boulder Dash, along with Attack of the Mutant Camels, Hover Bovver, Idris Alpha, and Gridrunner.

TheC64 will also come with 2017 shooter Galencia pre-installed, plus classic text adventure Planet of Death.

"We are delighted to be working with Koch Media once more to bring back even more of the most loved retro games ever on two of the most iconic home computers of all time, and which now has a full working keyboard", said Retro Games managing director Paul Andrews.

"TheC64 full size is a re-imagining of the classic C64 computer and the second in a planned series of products on the way."

This announcement joins the growing list of retro re-releases hitting the market, such as the NES Classic and SNES Mini, the PlayStation Classic, and the upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini and Intellivison Amico.

Andrews was previously a director of Retro Computers, a company that was working on a handheld release of the ZX Spectrum.

However, he resigned from the company in 2016 following "irreconcilable differences" with the Retro Computers and its other directors.

After months of controversy, the delayed ZX Spectrum Vega+ landed with backers, only with a limited number of the promised games available resulting from a licensing issue.

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James Wells Gaming Contributor - 2 years ago
I'm intrigued to see how the addition of the functional C64 keyboard changes the experience from the existing C64 Mini with a USB keyboard. Might certainly make a few games easier to play, but another important question is: will it finally support two joysticks??
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Dariusz G. Jagielski Game Developer 2 years ago
@James Wells: I'm more wondering if I'll be finally able to make use of all those C64 software I have stored on tapes.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 2 years ago
Still Missing:

The Retro Amiga which has piracy as part of the experience.
The Retro IBM 486 that comes with Doom, Duke and Wing Commander
The Retro Pippin and a huge controversy surrounding the removal of its headphone jack.
The N-Gage Retro, but instead of a screen it has a tiny beamer... and motion controls. Product fixed.
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