THEA500 Mini available, early reviews are positive and there is also a free bonus game

THEA500 Mini available, early reviews are positive and there is also a free bonus game

THEA500 Mini available

THEA500 Mini is finally available, with also a free bonus game to download from the official website, which can be installed via USB. The first reviews are emerging online, all positive. In particular we point out that of Dan Wood, who not only shows the mini console with all its accessories and features, but also treats all the games included.

Basically it is described as an excellent operation for nostalgic, because not only does it allow you to relive the Amiga experience (at least in part), but it is also excellent in managing games, since it loads them faster than other very popular solutions in the world of emulation.

The bonus game we were talking about is Citadel, a title published in 1995 by the Polish studio Virtual Design, improved for the occasion by the original authors and published through the site of Retro Games, the manufacturer of the mini console. If you want you can download it from here and use it either with the THEA500 Mini, or with any other emulator.

To install it on the THEA500 Mini, follow the instructions contained in the official manual, also published free online.

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The A500 Mini: Where to pre-order the new Amiga retro console

Announced earlier this month, the Commodore Amiga 500 is getting a mini version packed with 25 classic games. It's the latest mini retro console to join the line-up of revived classic systems.

Much like the C64 Mini, the unit is being published by Retro Games Ltd and distributed by Koch Media. The compact reimagining of the personal computer is set to be released in early 2022 in the UK, EU and US. It's already available to pre-order from various online retailers in the UK and Ireland.

Here we dive into all you need to know about the Amiga 500 Mini release date, price, games, features and where to pre-order at the cheapest price.

How much is the A500 Mini and when does it come out?

The Amiga 500 Mini will be priced around £119.99, €129.99 or $139.99 and is due out in the UK, EU and US on 25th March 2022, to mark the 35th anniversary of the home computer's launch.

Where can I pre-order the A500 Mini?

Retro Games Ltd is working with Koch Media to distribute the mini retro console and it is currently available to pre-order at Amazon, Base, 365 Games, The Game Collection and Game in the UK. The cheapest place to currently pre-order the console in the UK is from Base for £114.85.

GameStop Ireland is also taking pre-orders. There doesn't appear to be much info about where you can buy the A500 Mini in the US at the moment. However we will of course, update this page when more information becomes available.

Check out the table below for the best prices for the Amiga 500 Mini ahead of release just below:

What games are included with the A500 Mini?

The new Amiga 500 Mini comes with 25 games built into the console. So far, only 12 of the games have been confirmed which you can find below:

  • 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
  • If you can't wait until the A500 Mini's release next year, Secret Mode and Sumo Digital's remastering of Zool (Zool Redimensioned) might be worth checking out in the meanwhile.

    What features are included in THEA500 Mini?

    Inspired by the 16-bit Commodore personal computer, THEA500 Mini console features emulation of the original A500 (OCS) chipset and the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) of the A1200. That means it can run accurately run games from the Amigas 500, 600 and 1200 era. The retro-styled unit will also have the ability to side-load your own games via USB with WHDLoad support.

    It sports the typical features you'd find in most mini consoles these days, including a save and resume functionality, 50Hz and 60Hz screen refresh options in 720p HD, a CRT filter and a number of scaling options.

    The A500 Mini comes with both the classic 2-button mouse and a new 8-button precision gamepad. And since the keyboard on the Amiga 500 Mini is tiny and unusable, you can plug in a standard USB PC keyboard for alternative functionality.

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