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The Amiga 500 mini announced

Agent X

Member
I broke the stick on my TheC64 joystick after like a month… You know I’m a fan of TheC64. But the joystick is of incredibly low quality compared to something like Tac-2 or Wico Command Control. Or used to be at least, I don’t know if they changed the design after the founders batch I got.

Supposedly, the microswitch version (packaged with TheC64 full-size, and also sold separately) is superior to the original in both durability and responsiveness.

And I really don’t see any problem with usability or understand what you don’t like about it, it’s a joystick and the most logical control method ever, actually took me forever to get used to a Dpad

Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with a proper joystick. The reason why I feel that a joypad would be better for modern usability is because it would allow you to have more easily accessible buttons.

Many old games only supported a single button function on the joystick. Even most 2-button joysticks at the time had both buttons perform the same function. Porting games from arcades or consoles meant that the user would also have to use the keyboard. You might have to slap the space bar for a second function, maybe Enter for a third function, and so on. A joypad with several easily accessible buttons could allow you to remap the controls so that all game functions are at your fingertips, with no need to reach for the keyboard. It's a modern convenience that many newer emulators offer.
 

Fredrik

Gold Member
The ones with the mini were shit but the ones with the maxi are better made.
Better but not perfect, the distancer inside started to wiggle for me after a while and eventually cracked the plastic.



I guess it could’ve been a one-off manufacturing error though. And I got a new one which is still alive and well 👌But I wouldn’t recommend a long Decathlon session! (Might break your hand too lol)

Someone should make a small wireless joystick with sturdy arcade parts, built in all metal.
 

Fredrik

Gold Member
Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with a proper joystick. The reason why I feel that a joypad would be better for modern usability is because it would allow you to have more easily accessible buttons.

Many old games only supported a single button function on the joystick. Even most 2-button joysticks at the time had both buttons perform the same function. Porting games from arcades or consoles meant that the user would also have to use the keyboard. You might have to slap the space bar for a second function, maybe Enter for a third function, and so on. A joypad with several easily accessible buttons could allow you to remap the controls so that all game functions are at your fingertips, with no need to reach for the keyboard. It's a modern convenience that many newer emulators offer.
They can have more buttons on the joystick, but sooner or later you’ll want to sit by the keyboard anyway so I don’t think it would be necessary.

F/A-18 Interceptor - Keys​

F1 - F10 Thrust control in 10% increments. If at 90% press F10
twice for afterburners

= Thrust up
- Thrust down
Backspace breaks
, rudder left
. rudder right
cursor keys aircraft monement
G Toggle gear up/down
A Arrestor hook for carrier landing
H HUD toggle
K ECM Jammer
C Chaff dispensor (jams enemy ECM)
F Flare
M Map
R Range of radar resolution
T Target select
Return Toggle through weapons
Space fire weapons
Shift F Rescue pod for some missons
Shift E Eject

P Pause
Esc Reset Mission
Shift Esc Main menu
KeyPad ENTER Switch to view outside aircraft
[] zoom in or out

keypad number keys switch views
 

T8SC

Member
HOLY SHIT YES!!!

Turrican 2
Shadow Of The Beast 2
Apidya
R-Type
Cannon Fodder
Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe
Sensible World Of Soccer
F15 Strike Eagle II
Desert Strike
Zool
New Zealand Story
Gods
Fire & Ice
Zeewolf

The list is fucking endless for quality games!

Also, lets just remind ourselves of the greatest game soundtrack of all time, powered by the mighty Amiga sound chip and composed by the legendary Chris Huelsbeck!

 

Impotaku

Member
Always wondered if these ever made it to the states? In the 80's & 90's europe was as much 8 & 16bit computer territory as much as it was console territory. Pretty much everyone i knew had some form of 8 or 16bit computer, we never had enough money growing up to afford an amiga but i played plenty via my friends. Nowadays i play via emulation but having a mini will be a fun way to enjoy the library. Just hoping it's not a dud.
 

Agent X

Member
Always wondered if these ever made it to the states?

Do you mean the original Amiga computers? If so, then yes, they were available in the US. Amiga appeared to be much more popular in Europe, but they had a loyal following here, too.
 

Impotaku

Member
Do you mean the original Amiga computers? If so, then yes, they were available in the US. Amiga appeared to be much more popular in Europe, but they had a loyal following here, too.
Yeah i meant the originals as i never really saw any amiga games from other parts of the world it was always europe released stuff.
 

Nickolaidas

Member
HOLY SHIT YES!!!

Turrican 2
Shadow Of The Beast 2
Apidya
R-Type
Cannon Fodder
Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe
Sensible World Of Soccer
F15 Strike Eagle II
Desert Strike
Zool
New Zealand Story
Gods
Fire & Ice
Zeewolf

The list is fucking endless for quality games!

Also, lets just remind ourselves of the greatest game soundtrack of all time, powered by the mighty Amiga sound chip and composed by the legendary Chris Huelsbeck!

Chris Huelsbeck's greatest work wasn't Turrican II, but Jim Power.

Fight me.

 
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rnlval

Member
Which ones gonna release first?

Amico or Amiga?

Needs a poll ;)
Vampire V4 (standalone classic Amiga clone with AC68080 CPU) has been released.

Probably so that you can be ready to play CD32 games. There were a few Amiga 500 games that supported a controller too, mainly those who were CD32 ports, or got ported to consoles, like Leander, WolfChild and LionHeart.

I wonder how easy it is to emulate a hard drive in order to avoid virtual disk swapping. I never managed it on WinUAE.
I use "WHD Load" game versions on both WinUAE and physical Amiga 1200 with TF1260 (classic Pentium class XC68060 CPU rev 1 @ 63 Mhz, 128 MB system ram). My Amiga 1200/TF1260 also runs MacOS 8.0 68K via Shapeshifter (hypervisor-like sandbox).
 
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Aarbron

Member
Vampire V4 (standalone classic Amiga clone with AC68080 CPU) has been released.


I use "WHD Load" game versions on both WinUAE and physical Amiga 1200 with TF1260 (classic Pentium class XC68060 rev 1 @ 63 Mhz, 128 MB system ram). My Amiga 1200/TF1260 also runs MacOS 8.0 68K via Shapeshifter (hypervisor-like sandbox).
rnlval, do you by any chance post on amigaworld? Your posting styles have a familiar technical tone!
 

Ozzie666

Member
Great system. Always wished they had a cartridge version, would have nice to experience these games back in the day with 0 load times. Also less memory constraints. 1 meg systems were much more common in the USA/Canada.

Also Wings is an amazing game. But the game list and self additions, is amazing.
 

Nickolaidas

Member
Vampire V4 (standalone classic Amiga clone with AC68080 CPU) has been released.


I use "WHD Load" game versions on both WinUAE and physical Amiga 1200 with TF1260 (classic Pentium class XC68060 CPU rev 1 @ 63 Mhz, 128 MB system ram). My Amiga 1200/TF1260 also runs MacOS 8.0 68K via Shapeshifter (hypervisor-like sandbox).
How do you load a WHD on Win UAE? Do you use the zip file as if it was an adf file?
 
If they also release an Amiga Maxi as they did with the C64 I may be tempted to buy one and install one of my MiSTer consoles for all the computer cores.
 
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German Hops

Gold Member
Nice. I'm looking forward to testing out that joypad, in particular.

Is there a chance that this is coming to North America?
 

Agent X

Member
Is there a chance that this is coming to North America?

I hope so. TheC64Mini and TheC64 saw an official North American release, with some slight changes to the included games. I don't believe that TheVIC20 was ever officially released in North America.
 

cyberheater

PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 Xbone PS4 PS4
I really need to get hold of a decent CRT at some point.
 

Havoc2049

Member
Yeah i meant the originals as i never really saw any amiga games from other parts of the world it was always europe released stuff.
All the 8-bit and 16-bit computers made by Commodore, Atari and Apple, along with PC compatibles were popular in the United States. Gaming tastes were slightly different in the US, with RPGs, simulations, war games, sports games and graphic and text adventures being popular in the US. Microprose, FTL, Electronic Arts, Lucasfilm Games, Activision, Epyx, SSI, Origin, Interplay, Dynamix, Accolade, Cinema ware, SIR-Tech and Westwood were some popular developers and publishers back then.
 

Bullet Club

Member
For my fellow Australians, EB has preorders up:


Apparently EB listed all 25 games and then changed it back to 12. This is what they had listed according to another site:

Alien Breed 3D
Alien Breed SE'92
Arcade Pool
Another World
ATR: All-terrain Racing
Battle Chess
Cadaver
Cannon Fodder
Gods
Kick Off 2
Mego lo Mania
Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight
Pinball Dreams
Project-X SE'93
Qwak
Simon the Sorcerer
Slam-Tilt
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
Super Cars II
SuperFrog
Super Stardust
The Chaos Engine
Worms: The Director's Cut
Zool: Ninja Of The 'nth Dimension
 
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