The Commodore 64 has a Successor (and it's amazing!) | Nostalgia Nerd

30 nov. 2020
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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD.... So, the Mega 65 is here. If we're counting the days since the Commodore 65 prototypes, it has been a long time coming, but this "Mega 65" is so much more than the Commodore 65 was intended to be. This is a complete machine, a whole machine, and although this is only the Mega 64 Dev Kit, it gives us a very firm taste of what the complete machine will hold. Let's dive in.
00:00 Intro
00:24 Background
02:34 Building
04:53 Connecting up
05:44 Powering on
06:34 Specifications
07:55 Ad
08:41 Functionality
12:23 Games & compatibility
16:06 Manual
16:37 Programming
17:45 Other functions
18:30 Bundled software
19:44 Credits
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  • The expansion port is where you plug in your 300Baud MODEM! (That's where mine went on my C64)

    Wesley WalkerWesley Walker4 dagen geleden
  • Can you do an update on this as well of when it will be available to buy.

    David T-RexDavid T-Rex10 dagen geleden
  • "The Commodore 64 has a Successor!" Me: ... Amiga? Mega 65! Me: oh!

    Mr. Atari 2600Mr. Atari 260021 dag geleden

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  • My god! This looks great! If only Commodore had released the C65...

    Jimbo BimboJimbo BimboMaand geleden
  • 13:01 So the MEGA65 would turn the floppy drive on, even if there's no floppy?

    Mario AlexanderskiMario AlexanderskiMaand geleden
  • I missed out on the whole Commodore 64 computing era, but gosh dang I've always loved that blue screen. I always had an affinity for blue boot colors, I still remember the first time I booted OpenBSD 2.3 and saw the wonderful kernel boot output in blue.

    stillcoldstillcoldMaand geleden
  • My wallet: My bank account: All the systems I already have: Me: *I need this in the worst way*

    stillcoldstillcoldMaand geleden
  • If I were still in my 20s when I had my C=64 demo group TDM (later renamed to TDC when I added some members) I would have gone apeshit to have this machine in my arsenal! 💖 I wrote demo programs for the C=64 using the assembly language monitor and the SPRDEF functions on the C=128 and thanks to the memory block save options, could save my assembly routines and sprite definitions directly to 1541 diskettes. I see how this machine might have made my life a bit easier. 😁

    BigDroneFlyer1964BigDroneFlyer1964Maand geleden
  • How can I buy it? The link in the video description doesn't work.

    f2lo2f2lo2Maand geleden
  • I'm interested. Amiga St & 64 cores. Any chance for a falcon core?

    RetroGamerBB2019RetroGamerBB20192 maanden geleden
  • There already was a successor to the 64 -- the Commodore 128. It could even emulate the 64 at the flip of a switch.

    Karsten JohanssonKarsten Johansson2 maanden geleden
  • Access hole on the bottom. Fnarr fnarr.

    jaxtrawjaxtraw2 maanden geleden
  • Preorder is closed.. No need to watch this video....

    TuffyDKTuffyDK2 maanden geleden
  • Will the mega 65 run octamed?? Does it has scsi? Midi din?

    Devon DetroitDevon Detroit2 maanden geleden
  • Do they do an Commodore Amiga case like this ????

    imran chaudhryimran chaudhry2 maanden geleden
  • I'd like to see this in daily interaction other than games. Word Processing, spreadsheets, and surfing the web for instance.

    Julie AnkromJulie Ankrom2 maanden geleden
  • Wasn't the Commodore Amiga the next successor of the Commodor 64?

    The Time ProphetThe Time Prophet2 maanden geleden
  • You should really try Desert Strike on this. That was an amazing game back in the day.

    David UlmerDavid Ulmer2 maanden geleden
  • but can it run doom

    Jesse MarkhamJesse Markham2 maanden geleden
  • If this company comes back now with modern OS, I'm sure Microsoft would disappear.

    Abdi PianoAbdi Piano2 maanden geleden
  • Can it run Temple OS ?

    2.88 Mile Mushroom2.88 Mile Mushroom2 maanden geleden
  • they should give it UTF-8 and Ethernet support.

    Daniel D.Daniel D.2 maanden geleden
  • I tried, and I'm both old and smart, but I just can't see the value in this. Liked the vid tho!

    NdlandingNdlanding2 maanden geleden
  • When an Amiga-emulating Vampire v4, running a virtual "68080 CPU", is $718 (590 euros, at and the "all-purpose" Mister emulation project, with all the bells and whistles included, is under $400... this 999 Euro Mega65 project is ridiculously expensive.

    Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
  • My first computer was a C64. ❤️

    Shaun HallShaun Hall2 maanden geleden
  • So, is this C65 recreation 40x faster than C64 faster, or was the C65 already 40x faster?

    BoomBoom2 maanden geleden
    • Keeping in mind the "C65" was never released, it was supposed to have a "CSG 4510" running at 3.54 MHz. It was based on the CSG 65CE02 which "improved performance as much as 25% at the same clock speed (2 to 10MHz)" as the original 6502. Therefore, the C65 was less that 2x faster, probably not even 1.5x faster. It's kind of a meaningless metric anyways. I guess the graphics rendering is that much faster, but you can't really make any other comparison with processing speed. Obviously, you can't play 40 times faster, so, what else can you compare?

      Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
  • I'll stick with my original C64, 1541 and C2N and my 370 Commodore 64 disk and tape games!

    Gaming TonightGaming Tonight2 maanden geleden
    • I'll stick with them in emulation, or I suppose the Mister FPGA system which can emulate all the classic 8-bit computers for less than $400. I hope at least, you have an emulated disk drive! Floppies and tapes are pointless frustrations.

      Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
  • This is porn!

    Phillip CooperPhillip Cooper3 maanden geleden
  • duzit av 80 column support?

    Sam CoupéSam Coupé3 maanden geleden
  • May I ask what is in front of your Vectrex? A keyboard? A computer?

    El ReReXEl ReReX3 maanden geleden
  • Truly superb build, and an immense amount of tools. The see through case and 4 SID chips are pure perfecto. I'd love one of these :)

    Andrew SmailAndrew Smail3 maanden geleden
  • Was the plus/4 not the replacement (just they messed up :p ) ?

    Chris CoweyChris Cowey3 maanden geleden
  • watch at 1.5x speed.

    Jimmy ZhaoJimmy Zhao3 maanden geleden
  • I'm more interested in Nostalgia Nerds ever growing Hobo Beard! Seems to be a thing that happens to Youtubbers I guess

    NeilNeil3 maanden geleden
  • You have the most posh Australian accent I've ever heard !!! ;)

    ParishnaParishna3 maanden geleden
  • Hang on, they used the in-game and high score music from Commando on Megamaze?

    BrainticketBrainticket3 maanden geleden
  • Why showing the games you showed , The c64 was capable of much more.. I remember Mayhem in Monsterland what pushed the c64 to it's limits but it looked amazing! I still owned a C64 in 1993 when this game was released.

    Esther zegiknietEsther zegikniet3 maanden geleden
  • Successor is C128?

    James SealeyJames Sealey3 maanden geleden
  • I ' M J E A L O U S

    M SM S3 maanden geleden
  • I just love those CPU speeds -- 1, 2, 3.5 or FORTY! Yeesh. :-)

    FreihEitnerFreihEitner3 maanden geleden
  • What kind of computer should be used? Uhhh, C64... C65... Whatever it takes.

    DrumWildDrumWild3 maanden geleden
  • it's beautiful, but strange position for the sd card!

    blhtmlblhtml3 maanden geleden
  • Problem with all these C64 solutions is they're too expensive

    Xenolith ClusterXenolith Cluster3 maanden geleden
  • Please, please, more of this!

    Fabian LazarteFabian Lazarte3 maanden geleden
  • That keyboard is amazing. Those key caps must've cost fortune to manufacture with symbols on the side. I hope they end up being sold as a separate kit - backlit would be incredible.

    TimoTimo3 maanden geleden
  • Cereal RAM sounds like the delicious part of a complete breakfast.

    Squoyster CrustologistSquoyster Crustologist3 maanden geleden
  • I wish they reproduced cpc 6128 with the same case design as the original, and with FPGA, adding the ability to increase its speed. This machine was in terrible need of a speedier processor( or hardware assistance in graphics).

    Kerveros1904Kerveros19043 maanden geleden
    • @Cuvtixo D i know about both Mist and Mister, and they do their part excellently. But what many retro maniacs like me, would like is to reproduce the exterrior case design of the machine as well. I have the original hardware, but the idea of having an improved version, a twin which can be faster tempts me.

      Kerveros1904Kerveros19042 maanden geleden
    • The Mister FPGA project based on the Terasic DE10 nano. For less than $400, the ability to emulate nearly every 8-bit computer made, vs $1215 or more, for special C64 "feelies". No contest.

      Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
  • Pro tip: if the casing is made of plexiglass you can use chloroform as glue.

    Grzegorz KukiełkaGrzegorz Kukiełka3 maanden geleden
  • Wasn't the Amiga the successor of the 64?

    Nifft BatuffNifft Batuff3 maanden geleden
  • With such a narrow scope its quite expensive for what it is.

    leo andersleo anders3 maanden geleden
  • This is not for me. I’m ok with bmc64 as I’m only interested in games from my youth. But I’m glad that you’re enjoying it.

    daiboneheaddaibonehead3 maanden geleden
  • ▒...Read, The Vaccine Papers, by Janine Roberts."%^&*▒.[]-

    The Tin Foil Hat ChannelThe Tin Foil Hat Channel3 maanden geleden
  • I dunno, the original front-facing disk drive may have been a bad idea for ergonomic purposes, but it looked a lot cooler that way.

    Kenneth SörlingKenneth Sörling3 maanden geleden
  • It's a C64 Pro, or C64 X!

    marcusmalonemarcusmalone3 maanden geleden
  • 🤘😁🤘

    IT Guy in actionIT Guy in action3 maanden geleden
  • The Commodore 128 was the 64's successor, and indeed it was amazing.

    xlar54xlar543 maanden geleden
  • Kraftwerk!! Anyone else notice?

    Jim CheseboroughJim Cheseborough3 maanden geleden
  • Oh, is that what this is!? I'd been hearing about this thing forever, but kept forgetting to look it up! :P Personally, I've never been a fan of clear plastic on electronics, it always feels so tacky. It probably doesn't help that crappy 3rd party console controllers were always transparent, huh? :P

    Icelink256Icelink2563 maanden geleden
  • this guy is such a nerd am i right (: hehe get it

    Human KerbalHuman Kerbal3 maanden geleden
  • Maybe the additional FPGA slots could be filled with an Amiga emulator, and a Vic 20..or Pet.

    Kw1161Kw11613 maanden geleden
  • yer know.........

    Terence EdwardsTerence Edwards3 maanden geleden
  • "Trenz Electronic"... this name is not unheard of. I guess the name it's just a homage, or is Trenz himself is involved in this project?

    Kaiser SoymilkKaiser Soymilk3 maanden geleden
  • Thank you for sharing this video. What a fantastic project.

    Rhys Clement-EvansRhys Clement-Evans4 maanden geleden
  • Since this is FPGA, is there a reason to get this over the Ultimate 64, which has all the ports of a "real" C64, plus 48 mhZ REU?

    April TimeLadyApril TimeLady4 maanden geleden
  • Looks like rubbish. I prefer original C64 machines or CCS64 emulator

    Radoslaw JoczRadoslaw Jocz4 maanden geleden
  • The thumbnail says save $90k is that what a real C65 sells for these days?

    Chris WestChris West4 maanden geleden
  • Usb port/sd card reader that emulate floppy on this would be a god send! I hated floppies in the 80 and 90 im 40 now and i still angry 😡 at them arrr the frustration of floppy number 9 out of 12 that just won't work and you have to wait the whole weekend until you can go back and re-write it ahhhhh, thank god they are now gone.

    Nimrod levyNimrod levy4 maanden geleden
  • Forget all the weird Amiga models Commodore pushed out in the early 90's (I'm looking you, CDTV/CD32/A600), this is the one they should have followed through with. I want one of these badly!

    Rooflesoft GamesRooflesoft Games4 maanden geleden
  • Serial #202... wait so basically u were the 3rd sucker to fall for it and buy thins thing, my lord! XD Thank God, Raspberry Pie exists =D

    Marco PanzanniMarco Panzanni4 maanden geleden
  • Seems like they added a lot of useless things someone might like and see it once and than never touch it again. Like the Matrix thing... your honestly not gonna use that shit so don't lie. You can make your normal PC do that and do you have set up that way? NO. I like this idea of a new computer running older hardware and games. Price needs to come down a lot tho. No reason why hold ass hardware cost more to make now than it did back than when you are using all new parts. Price goes down and shit not up.

    Jessie JamesJessie James4 maanden geleden
  • IBM VGA flat screen monitor which model is it?

    Giuseppe OliveriGiuseppe Oliveri4 maanden geleden
  • Run doom for C64

    Vic GreenVic Green4 maanden geleden
  • The Commodore 65 had VGA quality graphics and as many sound channels as a PC-Engine (or 50% more than the Amiga 3000) but importantly included a blitter chip so it was superior to the Amiga in 1990 and was going to be sold for half the price due to 90% less memory vs A500plus minimum spec of 1991. That was the point, was also the penultimate nail in the coffin for Commodore. The Amiga 1200 as sold in ALL shops was crippled to 50% performance without a mail order purchase and installation of additional RAM. If you need help with technical stuff just ask the community next time.

    madcommodoremadcommodore4 maanden geleden
  • Those intro sounds...

    M!ke_y MM!ke_y M4 maanden geleden
  • 40MHz 8-bit CPU damn!

    18000rpm18000rpm4 maanden geleden
  • The 8-Bit Guy must see this

    Minecrafter PicturesMinecrafter Pictures4 maanden geleden
  • It is interesting that there seems to be a large interest in 8-bit computing in a younger generation. I was 12 years old when the C=64 was first released. Having cut my teeth on that technology and constantly looking forward to advancements in technology, I can't think of one reason why I would ever want to go back. It would be a painful reminder for me, personally, of a technology that I was elated to see go the way of the Dodo.

    Mike SimsMike Sims4 maanden geleden
  • Maybe the case didn't fit right because of the replacemet spacers / washers that you supplied.

    Mike SimsMike Sims4 maanden geleden
  • 1.000 € for this?

    Jose Alberto VegaJose Alberto Vega4 maanden geleden
  • Would love to see a video about your arcade cabinet, im making a diy arcade cabinet myself with the RaspBerry pi and allot of wood and old hardware

    CR0NOCR0NO4 maanden geleden
  • Comes with a pack in game mega maze

    William WilliamWilliam William4 maanden geleden
  • I wasn't impressed by Commodore back in the day, It's even more of a snore now. My brother jumped over to Amiga when it was the superior graphics machine. He's retired now; hasn't touched the thing in years.

    Jere LullJere Lull4 maanden geleden
    • Wow, your opinion matters to us SOOO much!!! in two separate posts here no less! And your brother's lifestyle choices, directly from God's own messenger! It's like:Jesus Wouldn't Play With an Nostalgia Machine, Why Should You?

      Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
  • What can it be USED for? I outgrew the mad homebrewer/hacker period about 30 years ago. As far as I can tell, it MIGHT make a reasonable anchor for a small dinghy.

    Jere LullJere Lull4 maanden geleden
    • while this particular thing is ridiculously overpriced, game-playing nostalgia alone justifies it. You might as well not drink wine, because it's only spoiled grape juice, after all.

      Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D2 maanden geleden
    • Well, I use my C64 with 1541 Ultimate II+ more than this Mac Mini I have sitting here - Horrible, sterile little machine. I get online and communicate via modern BBS implementations to people all over the world, run software that's still being updated, code, communicate via IRC...And game, games are also still being released, as well as demo's.

      ByteOn Computer ServicesByteOn Computer Services4 maanden geleden
  • uhhh how many menus are there?? also what? 2 debuggers? feature creep much?

    Vii ExtraviadoVii Extraviado4 maanden geleden
  • Excellent machine!

    VretrocomputingVretrocomputing4 maanden geleden
  • Its just an emulator based on modern FCPGA?

    Skystranger NNNSkystranger NNN4 maanden geleden
  • 40 mhz is really fast for an 8-bit pc, and its backwards compatible? nice.

    H. DeGreyH. DeGrey4 maanden geleden
  • Is there such a thing for the 286 or 386? I really want it :(

    TheSentinel909TheSentinel9094 maanden geleden

    Matias Gabriel AbbaMatias Gabriel Abba4 maanden geleden
  • I’m already drooling over this

    PopcornfoxysPopcornfoxys4 maanden geleden
  • A trip down memory lane, hearing the in-game theme tune from Commando and the high score theme from Monty On The Run. Both by the SID legend, Rocking Rob Hubbard... 👊🏽😉👊🏽

    Pembo PembertonPembo Pemberton4 maanden geleden
  • Does the FPGA run hot without a heatsink on it?

    Tomo PrimeTomo Prime4 maanden geleden
  • 6:33 ...Also Windows '95-'98 screensaver maze... I am not sure whom used/ had it first... A game by Commodore, swiped by Microsoft, used for a screensaver???

    It'syeeOLEDskoolFurryIt'syeeOLEDskoolFurry4 maanden geleden
  • @17:35 so they included tmux basically, hahah. Actually a pretty nice idea.

    Owen PryorOwen Pryor4 maanden geleden
  • Amazing machine!

    Daemonarch2k6Daemonarch2k64 maanden geleden
  • Would've loved this ~32 years ago.

    Lateral TwitlerLateral Twitler4 maanden geleden
  • Awesome! :)

    CJWarlockCJWarlock4 maanden geleden
  • How to make alot of money on old trash computers basing on nostalgia.

    KanałNazwanyKanałNazwany4 maanden geleden
  • WTF why is it whenever all the NLworld personalities I only know by voice suddenly show their faces, they look dapper AF? Are you all just scared to show your handsome mugs to the internet or is this look meticulously developed in the months/years before you enter the frame?

    Muki EXMuki EX4 maanden geleden