Retro mini Amiga 500 launches in early 2022

The latest throwback mini console is an homage to a home computer — the Commodore Amiga 500, reborn as The A500 Mini from Retro Games Ltd, the same company behind 2018’s C64 Mini. The collector’s item/conversation piece will cost $139.99 when it goes on sale in early 2022, the 35th anniversary of the PC’s launch.

Classic gaming fans will find 25 Amiga staples in the A500’s onboard library of games — among them Interplay’s 1991 hit Another World, the 1993 point-and-click adventure Simon the Sorcerer, steampunk run-and-gunner The Chaos Engine (which was later ported to home consoles of the day), and Team 17’s 1995 hit Worms (as Worms: The Director’s Cut), which launched a franchise of almost two dozen sequels and spinoffs.

Players can also sideload their own games with a USB stick, as they did with the C64 Mini. A news release from Koch Media (Retro Games’ parent) said The A500 Mini will have full WHDLoad support, as well as a game-save feature “to help you finish those punishingly difficult classics.”

Photo: Retro Games Ltd.
Photo: Retro Games Ltd.
Photo: Retro Games Ltd.
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Photo: Retro Games Ltd.
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The A500 Mini comes with a USB mouse modeled on the original one the computer used, and a modern-style, eight-button gamepad. Both controllers are wired with a 6-foot USB connection. The A500 Mini has an HDMI cable and port and a USB-A to USB-C power cable as well.

The unit has options for 50 Hz or 60 Hz screen refreshes, a CRT filter, and multiple scaling options. Wednesday’s announcement said the A500 Mini “features the perfect emulation of not only the original A500 (OCS) and Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) of future revisions, but also the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) of the A1200.”

Commodore’s Amiga 500 launched in October 1987 in the United Kingdom and North America, and was joined by the Amiga 1500, 2000, and 2500. It carried the same chipset of its predecessor, the Amiga 1000, which gave it state-of-the-art graphics and sound capabilities that deepened its appeal as a gaming PC.

In addition to the four games mentioned above, The A500 Mini will also include Alien Breed 3D, ATR: All Terrain Racing, Battle Chess, Cadaver, Kick Off 2, Pinball Dreams, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, and Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension, with more titles to be announced later. The A500 Mini will have a total of 25 games on board at launch. A gallery of screenshots from the original games is below:

Alien BreedImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Alien BreedImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Alien BreedImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Alien BreedImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Another WorldImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
ATR: All Terrain RacingImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Battle ChessImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Battle ChessImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Battle ChessImage: Retro Games Ltd.
CadaverImage: Retro Games Ltd.
CadaverImage: Retro Games Ltd.
CadaverImage: Retro Games Ltd.
CadaverImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Kick Off 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Kick Off 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Kick Off 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Kick Off 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Pinball DreamsImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Simon the SorcererImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
Speedball 2Image: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
The Chaos EngineImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Worms: The Director’s CutImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.
Zool: Ninja of the ‘nth DimensionImage: Retro Games Ltd.

Comments

Oh, I do miss the days I spent playing Battle Chess on the original A500.

Maybe a dumb question, I know. But as I remember, the Amiga keyboard was surprisingly good. And we are getting pretty close to a USABLE home computer in power. It seems a shame to restrict it to just games.

Any productivity apps available? Nothing fancy, just basic office apps maybe a web browser.

I’m pretty sure the keyboard isn’t functional. It wasn’t on the C64 mini, and here they specifically make mention of the mouse and joypad — but no mention of the keyboard.

The A500 Mini comes with a USB mouse modeled on the original one the computer used, and a modern-style, eight-button gamepad. Both controllers are wired with a 6-foot USB connection. The A500 Mini has an HDMI cable and port and a USB-A to USB-C power cable as well.

Nothing on their site suggests it’s any bit functional with the encouragement to use a seperate keyboard and much like the floppy drive on the side, it only serves to taunt you and take up a lot of space.

Probably not but it does have WHDLoad so you could get Workbench going and work forward from there. This keyboard might not be anywhere near as operable though, better off finding a full A500 someplace else if you truly mean to have something useful from 30 years ago.

Give it a moment and they’ll probably release a full-size one later like with their C64 Mini.

But does it come with the original Lemmings?

Ooh. Speedball 2.

Really good. I used to love those games. Speedball 2 was available on iOS a few years ago. but unfortunately stopped working on later system updates.

I have two questions… one, why does it come pre-yellowed? Two, if everyone knows that the "mini" versions of older computers like this are often terrible, why would this one be any different?

It’s a nostalgia piece, the colour is the one everyone remembers it being. It wouldn’t remind me of my old Amiga if it came white. Also modern plastics probably wouldn’t yellow over time so it’s not like it would necessarily happen naturally.

Man, if only you were able to run Amiga software too.
I feel that I still have a couple of rap classics in me, and ProTracker is the only way to get them out. (I understand they make modern MOD trackers. I personally use and endorse Renoise, but I would love to go back and work on the original)

Just seeing the games on that list and thinking of which others I’d like reminds me of how important the Amiga was in the history of gaming. Cannon Fodder and Lemmings should really be on there but I guess there might be licensing issues. Chaos Engine tho, what a game.

And Rainbow Islands

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