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Today Retro Games announces that the THEA500® Mini, a fully licensed re-imagining of the much-loved 16-bit home computer, has now entered full production and is scheduled for release on March 25th, 2022.

Over the past few months, the final list of included games has been announced, culminating in today’s final game announcement, the seminal Stunt Car Racer from industry legend Geoff Crammond.  This ground-breaking game received high praise from the press around its launch in 1989, including a 93% in Amiga Format magazine and 92% in CU Amiga-64. Other recently announced games include Arcade Pool and Project-X Special Edition 93 from Team 17, F-16 Combat Pilot from Digital Integration, and Super Cars II from Gremlin.

This brings the full games list to 25, everyone a highly regarded and critically acclaimed Amiga classic.  In addition, if you own other original Amiga games, these can be played via USB stick utilising the WHDLoad functionality of the THEA500®.  With users able to tweak setup, controller options, and display settings.

The launch stock of the THEA500® Mini is expected to leave the manufacturing plant in early January 2022.  In addition, due to many fan requests, standalone “solus” packs of the Mouse and Gamepad will also be made available in selected territories.

Over the last couple of months, my team has been hard at work finalising the firmware of the THEA500® Mini as well as working closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure the highest production quality,” said Chris Smith, CTO at Retro Games, “and as a commitment to our very loyal fans, we will also be shortly putting out a new Christmas THEC64 firmware update”.

In addition, we have in the past excelled at the unboxing experience and feel that this time we have surpassed expectations and will be bringing you our best-looking product yet”, follows Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games.

Developed by Retro Games Ltd. and distributed by Koch Media, the THEA500® Mini comes with the original style 2-button mouse and newly engineered 8-button precision gamepad.

It hits the shops on March 25th, 2022 with a suggested retail price of £119.99.

Included in the box with THEA500® Mini is a 1.8m (6ft) wired USB classic mouse, a 1.8m (6ft) wired precision 8-button gamepad, a USB-A to USB-C power cable (PSU not included), and  HDMI cable (both 1.8m (6ft) in length) allowing full compatibility with all modern TVs.  Other features include a save game function, selectable 50Hz or 60Hz screen refresh, CRT filter, and multiple scaling options. Also upload your own files, games, and firmware revisions via a USB flash drive (not included).

THEA500® MINI FINAL GAMES LIST

Alien Breed 3D, Alien Breed: Special Edition’92, Another World, Arcade Pool, ATR: All Terrain Racing, Battle Chess, Cadaver, California Games, The Chaos Engine, Dragons Breath, F-16 Combat Pilot, Kick Off 2, The Lost Patrol, Paradroid 90, Pinball Dreams, Project-X: Special Edition 93, Qwak, The Sentinel, Simon the Sorcerer, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Stunt Car Racer, Super Cars II, Titus The Fox: To Marrakech And Back, Worms: The Director’s Cut, Zool: Ninja Of The “Nth” Dimension.

About Koch Media

The Koch Media Group is a global developer, publisher, and distributor of video games, VR games, gaming hardware, and merchandise.  

The group’s publishing activities, marketing, and distribution extend throughout Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. Koch Media has more than 25 years of experience in the digital media business and has risen to become a leading global publishing partner. The Koch Media Group runs a multi-label strategy with fully owned publishing units such as Prime Matter, Deep Silver, Milestone, Vertigo Games, and Ravenscourt, publishing games for consoles, PC, and VR platforms across all physical and digital channels.

Additionally, as a global publishing partner, Koch Media has formed long-term multi-national publishing collaborations with numerous game publishers including Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Capcom, CI Games, Giants Software, Kalypso, Koei Tecmo, Konami, Paradox, Sega, SNK, Square Enix, Techland, Tripwire, Warner Bros, and many others.

With its parent company in Höfen, Austria, and the Publishing HQ in Munich, Germany, Koch Media owns local publishing companies in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, the United States as well as Japan and Hong Kong.

The Koch Media Group owns nine-game development studios: Deep Silver Volition (Champaign, IL / USA), Deep Silver Dambuster Studios (Nottingham / UK), Deep Silver Fishlabs (Hamburg / Germany), Warhorse Studios (Prague / Czech Republic), Milestone (Milan / Italy), Voxler (Paris / France), Flying Wild Hog (Warsaw, Kraków, Rzeszów  / Poland), Free Radical Design (Nottingham / UK), Vertigo Games (Rotterdam /The Netherlands) and DigixArt (Montpellier, France). Additionally, the Koch Media Group collaborates with numerous independent development studios around the world.

Part of the Koch Media Group is also Koch Films, a leading European independent film distributor with business primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy as a cinema, TV, online, and Home Entertainment distributor. The Koch Media Group also owns Gaya Entertainment, a leading video game merchandise company in Munich, Germany, and the Quality Assurance Facility in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  

Koch Media is an Embracer Group company.

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