by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
On 2022-06-12, I fired up the ATEM mini Extreme Iso for an unboxing livestream of Retro Games’ TheA500 Mini. I was hesitant because my device arrived long after those on the other side of the pond, and more popular YouTubers in the United States received their regular and complimentary shipments. What could I add to the conversation? I asked my viewers, and they were vocal, stream it and we will join. I did, and we had a blast. We even had a few new folks join the chat and one even became a new member. Welcome, Neil!
In this companion blog post, I’ll share updates and two videos. The first video is a new edit that cuts about 50% of the livestream and adds extra content. The second link is to the entire livestream that’s available, without ads, to my channel members at all levels and for a minimal fee for non-supporters.
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Title: Unboxing and First Play of Retro Games’ TheA500 Mini
Below is an edit of the original 2022-06-12 livestream that includes additional content. In the video, I unbox and use TheA500 Mini for the first time.
For the full unedited version, and without ads, check out this link.
None as of 2022-06-24.
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I like TheMouse the more I use it. I recommend even if you don’t purchase TheA500 Mini, you pick up a TheMouse. This recreation with a USB connector will make a great addition to an emulator like UAE. I’m considering picking up an extra myself for my MEGA65 using a mouSTer.
When I first learned about TheA500 mini, I understood it came with a controller that resembled a CD32 controller. I did not own a CD32 and did research to see the what one looked like. I was shocked to see that TheA500 controller isn’t anything like the CD32 controller. Oh, sure, it has a design familiarity, but that’s all. The CD32 includes a disk controller on the left and is longer. I’m not disappointed, but I’m amazed that folks online keep referring to it as a similar controller. They aren’t!
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