Within the retro scene there has been a rise of replications of old retro consoles in mini form, the most popular of these was the Mini Nes by Nintendo, they soon followed this up with the Mini Snes, then the market saw Sega and Sony also release mini versions of their retro consoles. Popularity was so high this also brought about full size replicas as well. It was only a matter of time that the market would shift to other platforms beyond just the retro consoles and bring back retro computers. The Commodore C64 mini arrived which was a successful product and so was shortly followed by a full size C64 replica, it was only a matter of time the Amiga would be done too.
The CD32 Mini
Not announced on the 1st April 2022, I give this a 50/50 this going to happen if the A500 mini sell well, it would work well as next year will be the 30th Anniversary of the CD32 launch, which happened on 16th September 1993.
Likely another 25 games would come with a system like this, games I think all fans would like to see are
- Shadow of the Beast
- Monkey island
- Cannon Fodder
- The Settlers
- Dune 2
- Zool 2
- Road Kill
- Sensible Soccer
- Lotus Collection
- Alien Breed Tower Assault
- Little Devil
However licence and getting rights to put these Amiga classics games on this system would likely be too much, so it's good that WHDload will allow it on the A500 mini
- Raspberry Pi 4 would be nice
- 4Gb Ram
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI Port
- USB-C ( For Power )
- 64gb SD card
- Build for around £120
How to Make it
- 3D printed Cd32 case
- Roms from Cloanto (google app store)
- USB GamePad (CD32 pad)
- HDMI Cable
- USB-C Power Cable
- RetroPie system
- Build time 2 weeks
You could build this system for likely £120, £50 for the Pi4, £2 for the Roms from Cloanto, £20 for the Gamepad, £15 SD card and then the only high cost would be 3d printing, a case like the cd32 even in min size would likely cost at least £50 to £150 or more.
This is just an April Fools joke but it will be interesting to see if it turns into reality and if not, there is no reason why if you got the time you can build it yourself. I just hope the next Amiga, whatever it is, raises the bar and shows off what an Amiga really can do, like what Amikit XE does. Mini consoles are great, but the Amiga was a computer at heart, I feel.
https://www.whdownload.com/ - Loads of Amiga games and goodies ready to go.
http://whdload.de/ - Official WHDLoad website
https://mega.nz/folder/gdozjZxL#uI5SheetsAd-NYKMeRjf2A - Retroplays WHDload
https://archive.org/details/Amiga_WHD_Games - Achive.org collection
http://www.whdownload.com/demos.php - WHDLoad Amiga Demoscene
https://retrogames.biz/thea500-mini – Official Home Page of the A500 mini
Retro Game Facebook - retro games