The A500 Mini

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Same company as Simulcra...

On a different note but on a marginally related topic, and I can't be bothered to make a new post, but courtesy of all my amiga video searches ze algorithm decided I might like
I was. This sort of hardware replacement, and not even having to faff with FPGAs, is something I had not expected to see just yet.
Short version. A little adapter board and you can replace your Amiga CPU with a far shinier one that the raspberry pi is emulating, however it is not emulation in the traditional sense as the rest of the hardware is speaking to it as though it were a CPU (plus has network, hard drive and more besides). Fancy workbench within 15 seconds as well.
 
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Same company as Simulcra...

On a different note but on a marginally related topic, and I can't be bothered to make a new post, but courtesy of all my amiga video searches ze algorithm decided I might like
I was. This sort of hardware replacement, and not even having to faff with FPGAs, is something I had not expected to see just yet.
Short version. A little adapter board and you can replace your Amiga CPU with a far shinier one that the raspberry pi is emulating, however it is not emulation in the traditional sense as the rest of the hardware is speaking to it as though it were a CPU (plus has network, hard drive and more besides). Fancy workbench within 15 seconds as well.

I’m still waiting for the A1200 version to replace my ACA1233n, although it‘s going to be allot more expensive since it has to be done via the expansion port.

I’d rather use ‘real’ hardware but it’s too cost prohibitive for my liking.
 
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It does look like a quality piece of equipment but I'd much rather have a properly configured WHDload machine using Tinylauncher on Vita as per this thread:

https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-bes...the-sony-ps-vita-and-how-to-set-it-up.605863/


Tried giving it a go using Windows emulated on a Mac and that added an extra level of challenge due to F button mapping, mouse button issues etc.. so gave it a rest. Anyone else tried it?

The 3DS port is quite good though if you're just using ADFs (plus much better sound due to bassier speakers):

https://gbatemp.net/threads/release-uae3ds-amiga-500-emulator-for-nintendo-3ds.558577/

For some reason the Vita is really slow on loading ADFs in contrast to the 3DS and upping the drive speed just makes the sound distort as well as other issues.

Best thing with this Mini is that it just works so no faff as that factor is immense when it comes to Amiga as its so user unfriendly to configure. Do think the graphics look better on small portable screens though and 3DS excels in that respect as its pixel perfect plus you get the keyboard on the bottom screen and a proper touch mouse.
 

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Should be £75 tops. Just like the PCE that was ridiculously overpriced to fleece die hard fans and cash in on mini mania. If they'd released that at £75 as well it would've sold so much more rather than sitting in Amazon warehouses where people like myself are waiting for them to drop to £40 when they clear them out.

Predict this will be the same except they won't have produced as many as its even more niche.

The PS Classic at £30 was (once modded) the one to rule them all for all your retro wants but even half the fun of that was tweaking the config and getting it just so. SNES Mini did it best in every respect although I'd buy a GameBoy Mini for upto £90 due to Nintendo Tax reasons.

Definitely think thats next as the Mario G&W hanhelds were a test run for security as those screens were way too good for what they were used for.
 
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TBH, I don't think I would buy it even then. It's just too much of a turn off to not have a working keyboard on an A500. The Maxi makes way more sense but will no doubt cost loads more.

I probably would've paid upto £75 if they had gone for a CD32 mini though.
 

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I am going to hack this like I hacked THEC64 with PCUAE, it can not load ADF file, they used some Ideas from PCUAE on THEA500 Carousel like favorites carousel.

This can apparently directly boot whdload files which I would argue is a far greater feature than adfs, and something UAE doesn't natively support.
 
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Looks like the launch is slightly delayed to April 8th. It bothers me that they are trying to create FOMO by saying the initial batch is going to sell out, which implies there might be a wait for the next run.
 

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I have super high hopes that they'll release a "max" version with fully working keyboards like they did for the C64 Mini/Maxi.
 

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I have super high hopes that they'll release a "max" version with fully working keyboards like they did for the C64 Mini/Maxi.

I'd like a "Maxi" version of this, however....

The C64 Maxi was the same size as an original C64. The original A500 was massive, thought and I wouldn't want something quite so big. This might give them a dilemma; provide a fully functional machine with a footprint that's a little more reasonable, or produce a 1:1 scale model. I can't help but think either way, some people are always going to be upset. Unless I'm the only person in the world with the size concern; maybe that's less of an issue for them, then!
 

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Ze algorithm decided I might like and now you all get to watch it as well
Simple/supported side loading via WHDload is available which is nice. The hidden bonus game referenced is Citadel which is not on the devs/pubs list of earlier but I am way too lazy to go looking at Amiga era buyouts again
https://www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php?id=1863

Quality also appears to be reasonably up there as well. That said https://amigang.com/amigamini-thea500/ questions some of the versions.
Note: Most versions of games are the disk based AGA versions and not the original OCS version that would have been released on the A500. Also disappointedly Simon The Sorcerer is the Non Talkie version, and not the voiced version that was made for the CD32.

I am also not going to lie. I do want one of those mice. I am presuming they did not kick it too terribly old school and went for laser. Will go well with my nice RM nimbus keyboard (though while still ps/2 it is new enough to have a windows key and normal full keyboard layout as I am not that cool/lucky).
 
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