From Press Release:
Larkspur, Calif. (August 10, 2021) – Continuing the popular line of timeless classic consoles being given a new lease of life, today Retro Games announces the creation of THEA500® Mini, a fully licensed reimagining of the much-loved 16-bit home computer starring a plethora of classic Amiga games.
Due early 2022, THEA500 Mini is a homage to the 1980s heyday of 16-bit personal computing. It’s inspired by the 1987 release of the Amiga 500, which featured a 16/32-bit CPU, 512Kb of RAM, and an array of custom chips for producing best-in-class sound and video.
Play one of the included 25 classic Amiga games selected from a simple to use carousel, including all-time greats Another World, Simon The Sorcerer, The Chaos Engine, and Worms, or side-load your own games via USB stick with full WHDLoad support and an array of options to choose from. Plus, save and resume your game at any time to help you finish those punishingly difficult classics.
Developed by Retro Games Ltd. and distributed by Koch Media, the THEA500 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.
The THEA500 Mini comes with the original style two-button mouse and newly engineered eight-button precision gamepad, allowing you to choose your control method. To complement the on-screen keyboard, you can plug in an external standard PC keyboard for additional functionality.
“In this mini version of THEA500®, we have created what we believe gaming fans will love, and will see as the evolution of mini games consoles,” said Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games.
“Retro Games have developed a truly unique product,” said Debbie Bestwick MBE, CEO at Team 17. “I’m very excited to have our classic games represented in all their original glory.”
THEA500 Mini will enter retail in early 2022 with an MSRP of $139.99.
Included in the box with THEA500 Mini is a 6ft wired USB classic mouse, a 6ft wired precision eight-button gamepad, and a USB-A to USB-C power cable and HDMI cable, allowing full compatibility with all modern TVs. Other features include a save game function, selectable 50Hz or 60Hz screen refresh, CRT filter, and multiple scaling options. Also upload your own files, games, and firmware revisions via USB flash drive (not included).
THEA500® MINI ANNOUNCED GAMES LIST (12 of 25)
Alien Breed 3D, Another World, ATR: All Terrain Racing, Battle Chess, Cadaver, 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.
Additional games will be announced at a later date.
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