New handheld mmodore 64 wants your backing

Hot on the heels of the Sinclair Spectrum revivals, the 80’s other classic home computer is also heading for its own retro revamp.

There’s already been a bunch of modern day recreations of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, but now its arch rival the Commodore 64 is looking to get a piece of the action – if it gets enough supporters on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

Unlike the Speccy, the C64 was successful in the US as well as just the UK, and so is in the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling single computer model of all time.

The newly reimagined version is called simply ‘The 64’, and comes in both desktop and handheld editions. The desktop version looks just like the original, but the handheld is a bit more modern.

The crowd-funding campaign has only just started, so it’s hard to say whether it will succeed, but it’s only looking for a fairly modest $150,000 (£106,000).

To tempt you into funding it there’s a whole host of backers perks, including signed limited edition concept art, limited edition chrome computers, and the chance to get your name etched on the circuit board.

The original C64 was made by American company Commodore (obviously), who are now long since gone. The 64 is being made by a UK company called Retro Games, and they’re promising the new machines will come loaded with both classic games and brand new titles.

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