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Posted at 17:13 on September 12th, 2021 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hah, just seen... the A500 Mini is now available for pre-order at Amazon (shipping date March 31th, 2022 :D)

As far as I know, Cloato is the company who is the right holder of the kickstart ROMS. If you want some for UAE, for example, you have to buy their IDE. I haven't tested their product but isn't it just more or less an UAE emulator with a GUI front-end made by Cloato?

Anyway, I totally agree: a keyboard will be needed to get the whole power of an Amiga. Maybe they support a bluetooth keyboard?! Might be a solution - not great, but better than nothing...
Posted at 04:17 on September 10th, 2021 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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At the very least, they will need licensed Kickstart ROMs. Whether it will be software emulation of some sort of FPGA inside, who knows?

About the keyboard, obviously like with the C64 Mini, users will run into issues. Many games simply require/expect a functional keyboard. It's not a pure games console, after all.
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Posted at 22:59 on September 9th, 2021 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Although the Cloato emulator will run in the background (my guess, at least they have a deal with them) and it will be only slightly more "retro" than playing on a PC in an emulator, I will definitely buy the console.

I assume - or hope! - they will release a A500 Maxi a year later with a working keyboard... that would be cool.

But the gamelist is not bad: SPeed Ball 2, Kick Off 2, Chaos Engine, Pinball Dreams.... some great classic in my opinion (I loved to play Speed Ball 2).

G.O.D.S. would be great, too.
Posted at 07:54 on August 10th, 2021 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Latest in the line of "mini computers" (i.e. standard boards running an emulator): an Amiga lookalike. The usual issue of mini computers (--> unusable keyboard) will obviously apply.

The games lineup doesn't sound so bad, though: 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. 10 of those 12, I would definitely consider should be on a list of most significant Amiga games.
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