Last Updated on August 10, 2021
Set for release in 2022, THEA500® Mini is the perfect solution for Amiga 500 fans without the original hardware.
Like a big sister to the C64Mini, THEA500® Mini includes 25 classic Amiga games, including Worms, The Chaos Engine, and Another World.
A fully licensed reimagining of the much-loved 16-bit home computer, the device supports WHDLoad and sideloading game ROMs using a USB stick. Save states are also supported. starring a plethora of classic Amiga games.
Despite the name, THEA500® Mini features not just perfect emulation of the original A500 (OCS) and Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) of future revisions, but also the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) of the A1200. Confirmed games so far:
- Alien Breed 3D
- Another World
- ATR: All Terrain Racing
- Battle Chess
- 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
A further 12 games will be announced at a later date.
In the box you’ll find an original style 2-button mouse and newly engineered CD32-style 8-button precision gamepad (both with 1.8m cables), allowing you to choose your control method. While the device is too small to feature a genuine keyboard, an external USB standard PC keyboard can be added, in place of the software keyboard. There is also a USB-A to USB-C power cable, but no adapter/PSU is included. A 1.8m HDMI cable is also included, and the THEA500 Mini also supports 50Hz or 60Hz screen refresh, CRT filter and multiple scaling options.
Paul Andrews is Managing Director at Retro Games: “In this initial mini version of THEA500, we have created what we believe gaming fans will love, and will see as the evolution of mini games consoles.”
“Retro Games have developed a truly unique product,” said Team 17’s CEO, Debbie Bestwick MBE. “I’m very excited to have our classic games represented in all their original glory.”
The expected retail price for THEA500® Mini is GBP£119.99/ EUR€129.99/ USD$139.99/ AUD$199.99. THEA500 Mini is already available to preorder on Amazon.
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