Retro is all the rage these days. One only has to look at the fashion on the streets of New York City or the shows on Netflix making a comeback.
One gaming company, Retro Games, is trying to capitalize on that, announcing the impending relaunch of the Commodore 64 8-bit game console which hit the market in 1982 at a cost of $595, pretty expensive at the time. Its made a comeback in the minds of many thanks to "Stranger Things" the popular Netflix show that takes place in the 1980s.
The original Commodore 64 was a huge hit with more than 17 million sold. It even landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling computer.
On its Website, Retro Games said the reboot called THEC64, is more of a replica of the original gaming console which was extremely popular in the 1980s. Last year Retro Games launched a mini Commodore 64. The full version will sell for $199.99 starting in December, just in time for the holiday selling season.
THEC64 will come equipped with a full-sized working keyboard. Gamers will be able to switch to different modes including C64, VIC 20, and Games Carousel. The game console can be connected to any TV with an HDMI hook up and will be able to play classic games with 720p HD visuals at 60 Hz or 50 Hz.
An updated joystick is included with the game console. Its preinstalled with classics including California Games, Paradroid and Boulder Dash, as well as new titles such as Attack of the Mutant Camels, Hover Bovver, Iridis Alpha, Gridrunner and the recently released Galencia shooter game and Planet of Death adventure game.
Retro Games Tried to Bring Back the Full Commodore 64 Before
This isn't the first time Retro Games tried to bring the Commodore 64 to the market. Back in 2016, it tried to raise funding via a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo but wasn't able to raise the money the company was aiming to. The company refocused on releasing a mini version of the C64. It was at a time when mini-consoles from back in the day were making a comeback.
Scheduling THEC64 for December makes sense, given a lot of game console makers sell their latest and greatest to capitalize on the holidays. Game consoles are usually on the top of most kids and adults lists for Christmas and other holiday gift giving.