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https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-08-10-an-amiga-500-mini-is-on-the-way

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Alien Breed 3D

Another World

ATR: All Terrain Racing

Battle Chess

Cadaver

California Games

F-16 Fighter Pilot

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

 

It also has the usual features you'd expect from a mini console at this point - save and resume functionality, 50Hz and 60Hz screen refresh options, a CRT filter and various scaling options.

 

As with the C64 Mini, Retro Games Ltd is working with Koch Media to distribute the system - which is due out in early 2022 for a price of £119.99, €129.99 or $139.99.

 

 

More info at the link, that's not all the games but I'm posting from my phone.

 

Edit: this might be a dupe of something in the retro folder, if so sorry.

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As I said in the other thread, the inclusion of Kick Off 2 is making me tempted. I never owned an Amiga (I went straight from C64 to SNES), but loved going round the houses of friends who did. I spent many hours playing the likes of Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, Kick Off 2, Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge... and Madden! I always preferred Kick Off 2 over Sensi.

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22 minutes ago, Dig Dug said:

The big feature that isn’t in that quote is it apparently allows you to run Amiga roms on it out of the box if you feel like it.

 

So you can stick Kickstart 3 on it?

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5 minutes ago, strider said:

Kick Off 2 is interesting, I'd imagine if it's in there over SWOS it's because they can't get the rights off EA (I'd love to be proven wrong though).

 

I'd hope Kick Off 2 is chosen because its good unlike SWOS, which I always found far inferior to play. 

 

That said I've not played either in over 20y so these are old prejudices on my part and they probably both play like shite now. 

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Just came here to post about this - but anyway.

 

8 minutes ago, gooner4life said:

It's just too expensive man, surely they cant look at an Xbox Series S for 250 quid or a PS5 digital for 350 and think yeah £120 sounds fair for this.

 

I agree. I think it will drop in price a bit, so i might wait but i would definitely like this.

 

Maybe i should sell me A1200 though to fund it and make a bit of profit whilst i'm at it.

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Is Amiga emulation worth it these days? The last time I tried it, it took as long as the actual disks, rendering 'a quick blast' impossible. It was also very flaky. I won't be getting one of these because they're too expensive, but hypothetically I would put the following games on it;

Monkey Island 1+2, Rick Dangerous, Hunter, Pinball Fantasies, Lemmings 1+2, Flashback, Cannon Fodder, Lotus Turbo Challenge 2, Jaguar XJ220, Supercars II, Gods, Magic Pockets, Agony, Live & Let Die, Syndicate, Theme Park, Archer McLean's Pool, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, James Pond 2: Robocod, Super Frog, Elf 

Most of them would be shite now, but man, the nostalgia.

 

(Never liked footy games so I'll just stand back :P)

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56 minutes ago, Giddas said:

That pad can get in the bin, get a competition pro in there

 

Loved my Competition Pro, but god I miss my Speedking.. (although don’t reckon I’d be able to use it now)

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Uncle Mike said:

Other than a fancy games-selecting front end and the hardware, what does this offer that RetroPie doesn't? A veneer of legality, or anything more better than that?

 

The hardware replica is pretty much the point of all of these mini consoles. 

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Annoyingly this is like the first version of the C64 mini and doesn't have a working keyboard, but you can apparently plug in a USB keyboard. 

 

They probably should have gone with a mini version of the Amiga 4000 and just made a replica of the 4000's keyboard (but USB). 

 

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I guess people aren't as nostalgic for a beige box. 

 

They should have also replicated the Competition Pro CD32 Pad which were really good.

 

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Still, with the extra buttons it means they can map the buttons to them. There's plenty of CD32 conversions of existing Amiga games that do this, doing stuff like adding a button for jump instead of pressing up!!

 

The other benefit of this is that the original Amiga hardware is a real pain to get back into. I've got a CD32 and thankfully it's fairly straightforward, especially with the updated CD32 conversions. Just stick in a CD, select the game from the menu and play away...

 

I also wonder if there will be a way to stretch the screen properly? Playing Amiga games now can be a bit strange when they're not full screen with that annoying black bar at the bottom (most Amiga games ran at 320x200). Something you forget about that happened in "the old days", maybe it will be fixed by the 60Hz option. If it did make these games full screen, that would be another benefit over original hardware.

 

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59 minutes ago, Number 28 said:

Is Amiga emulation worth it these days? The last time I tried it, it took as long as the actual disks, rendering 'a quick blast' impossible. It was also very flaky. I won't be getting one of these because they're too expensive, but hypothetically I would put the following games on it;

Monkey Island 1+2, Rick Dangerous, Hunter, Pinball Fantasies, Lemmings 1+2, Flashback, Cannon Fodder, Lotus Turbo Challenge 2, Jaguar XJ220, Supercars II, Gods, Magic Pockets, Agony, Live & Let Die, Syndicate, Theme Park, Archer McLean's Pool, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, James Pond 2: Robocod, Super Frog, Elf 

Most of them would be shite now, but man, the nostalgia.

 

(Never liked footy games so I'll just stand back :P)

I'd recommend FS-UAE which is a more user-friendly way to play Amiga games. You can mess with hardware settings but generally each game has a profile and just runs. I had a number of WHDLoad-format games that worked really well. It's never going to be as simple as a Spectrum or an actual console but it's a good compromise. 

 

Of course there's also Amiga Forever but that's less about just getting games running and more about emulating the whole machine experience. 

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33 minutes ago, Vimster said:

I'd recommend FS-UAE which is a more user-friendly way to play Amiga games. You can mess with hardware settings but generally each game has a profile and just runs. I had a number of WHDLoad-format games that worked really well. It's never going to be as simple as a Spectrum or an actual console but it's a good compromise. 

 

Of course there's also Amiga Forever but that's less about just getting games running and more about emulating the whole machine experience. 

Cheers. I had a brief look and it's obvious I'll need a walkthrough to set it up, but I'll get around to it. It looks like the roms are ubiquitous online these days. I suppose nobody is kicking up a fuss.

 

@GabeArticle says the keyboard would probably be too small to use, but I don't think they have the dimensions yet.

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6 minutes ago, Number 28 said:

Cheers. I had a brief look and it's obvious I'll need a walkthrough to set it up, but I'll get around to it. It looks like the roms are ubiquitous online these days. I suppose nobody is kicking up a fuss.

 

@GabeArticle says the keyboard would probably be too small to use, but I don't think they have the dimensions yet.

ROMs are a moot point. A lot of stuff is probably fine but there are others that are debateable. Obviously with these Mini consoles they've negotiated being able to include the games, but if this Amiga one is like TheC64 it'll let you play your own ROMs somehow, although that would be trickier. 

 

It made me think how it would have been nice to have something like a Gotek drive built in so you could just plug a stick with images on. Maybe that's more for the full-size thing they should really be doing at some point. 

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