It seems like every retro console is getting some type of special edition re-release these days, as gaming companies try to cash in on nostalgia. Nintendo, Sony, and even Sega have put out new versions of old consoles, with varying degrees of success. Now, another console, or rather PC, is entering the ring in the form of the Commodore 64, though it’ll be making its way to store shelves in its full size.
Last year, there was a mini version of the Commodore 64 released, though a re-release of the PC in its full size will be great for collectors and retro enthusiasts alike. The console will support 720p visuals through HDMI on any monitor or TV, and come with three switchable modes: C64, VIC-20, and Games Carousel. The Games Carousel will have 64 preinstalled games on it, with titles like California Games, Paradroid, and Boulder Dash making an appearance. Two recently released games, Planet of Death and Galencia, will also be available on the console.
Right now, the console is set to release in Europe on December 12th, 2019. No North American release date has been given, but the console will be available there eventually. Pre-orders are currently live on various websites for £109.99, which shakes out to about $144. It’s definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum for a re-released console, but that’s to be expected for a full-sized release.
While it’s not likely to be as popular as the SNES Classic, which Nintendo has discontinued, the C64 will likely bring back some nostalgic memories for those that have been playing games for decades. It’s also a chance for younger gamers to try their hands at some retro games, which can be a rare opportunity given how rare some games have become,
The C64 isn’t the most sought-after retro console out there, that would go to the rumored N64 Classic, but it will likely still prove to be a popular piece of collector memorabilia, especially for those that aren’t able to get their hands on one of the originals. 64 games is also a healthy amount of software, and fans will be able to load more through the C64’s website. Here’s hoping that the PC’s North American release is sooner rather than later.
Source: Retro Games