Shut Up and Take My Money: Commodore 64 Mini

By on August 14, 2018

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyFor anyone that grew up in the early eighties, the Commodore 64 was one of the early home platforms enjoyed by the video gaming community (before Nintendo rolled out the original NES).

The C64 was immensely popular with video game enthusiasts, namely for the vast library of games as well as the built-in screen that came with the SX-64 model, ideal for taking games on the go.

Of course, the Commodore 64 Mini is significantly smaller than the original hardware. Available on October 8 for $80, the C64 Mini comes with 64 built-in games and a classic C64 Joystick. the actually computer is built into the classic keyboard (non-functional) design, ideal for saving space.


The device comes equipped with a bit a new tech, namely HDMI out for running games on the big screen (720p) and two USB ports. The USB ports are for plugging in a full-sized functional keyboard, an additional joystick for multiplayer games as well as running additional games off a USB stick (max size 64GB).

Using C64 BASIC computer programming language, you can create your own games or download code for other games from the C64 community.  The hardware can also be updated via the USB drive with future updates.

Some of the more popular, built-in games include:

  • California Games
  • Summer Games II
  • Winter Games
  • World Games
  • Impossible Mission I & II
  • Jumpman
  • Pitstop II
  • Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe
  • Street Sports Baseball
  • Temple of Apshai Trilogy.

The full list of games is here. You can preorder at Walmart for the retail price. Amazon also has it, but the price is being inflated by third party sellers. The promo teaser video can be seen below:

About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!


  1. Hoss Khavari

    September 6, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Battery operated Drill

  2. James Lavender

    September 4, 2018 at 9:46 am

    what? no 5-1/4 inch floppy disc

  3. Curry T flora

    August 22, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    How can they not have Archon or any of the D and D games standard.

  4. Bryan

    August 15, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Two thoughts:

    1) the keyboard is apparently fake and nonfunctional. How the heck then can you program in BASIC? Surely not with the joystick and an onscreen keyboard?!

    2) what moron decided to omit Summer Games??? They have Summer Games II, Winter Games, and World Games though. But my favorite was the original Summer Games, and it would’ve been my main reason for buying this.

  5. EchoTony

    August 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Looks like the mini’s keyboard is non-functional. Just for show. You can add a USB keyboard.

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