Commodore 64 Games System (C64GS)
Type Console Developer Commodore, LTD.
Release Date 1990-Dec Region(s) Europe
Initial Price $189 USD Games Released 28
     by Dark Watcher
In 1982 a low cost home computer was released and achieved amazing success.  The computer was called the Commodore 64.
By 1990, Commodore set their attentions on the videogame console market.  They followed the same concept as other computer companies (Fujitsu with the FM Towns Marty and the Amstrad GX4000).  Their new system was called the Commodore 64GS (GS = Game System).  This unit was basically just a repackaged Commodore 64 computer without a keyboard, port access (Disk drive, etc) or standard ROM chip.  Cartridges were loaded through the top port.  The console was packaged with a joystick and a cartridge containing International Soccer, Klax, Flimbo's Quest and Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun,

Since the console was essentially a computer in new skin, it was compatible with all existing Commodore 64 carts.  The Commodore 64GS also spurred development of newer cartridges released specifically for the console.
The C64GS never achieved the level of success that its computer big brother did.  For a little more money you could own the Commodore 64 computer (cheaper by this time) and still play the same carts, a vast library of disk / cassette games (not to mention other computer perks).  The console suffered poor sales and was pulled from store shelves.  It was never released outside of Europe.  If the Commodore 64GS were released shortly after the Commodore 64 computer, it might have given the Nintendo Entertainment System a run for its money due to its graphical capabilities and the sheer size of its software library.

FACT:  The Commodore 64GS may not have succeeded in the console market, but its creation did help bring Commodore users (particularly in Europe) more cartridge titles to enjoy.

     Officially licensed releases
Commodore 64 Games System (64GS) Tech Pictures
Commodore 64 GS - Top Commodore 64 GS - System and Joystick Commodore 64 GS - Underneath
Commodore 64 GS - Front Commodore 64 GS - Side Commodore 64 GS - Back
Commodore 64 GS - Power Supply \ Cords Commodore 64 GS - Joystick
Courtesy of Charles Lee
     Non-licensed hardware releases
No clones were released for this system.
     Interesting facts on software for this system
Software for the Commodore 64 Games System (64GS) was distributed in the ROM cartridge format.

The cartridges are the same exact size as those utilized with its big brother, the Commodore 64 personal computer.  Most titles were distributed in tall, cardboard that are rather sturdy and not prone to being crushed.

The Commodore 64GS logo was displayed on the front cover to inform the consumer of compatibility with this fledgling console in addition to the C64 and sometimes the C128.

Sample Game Play (from C64 PC)

Commodore 64GS Game Boxes

     Captured in-game images
Batman: The Movie
Battle Command
Chase HQ 2: Special Criminal Investigation
Double Dragon
Fast Food
Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun
Flimbo's Quest
International Soccer
Last Ninja Remix
Microprose Soccer
MYTH: History in the Making
Professional Skateboard Simulator
Professional Tennis Simulator
Rick Dangerous
Robocop 2
Robocop 3
Shadow of the Beast
Stunt Car Racer
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

     First and third party system emulators

Emulates the Commodore 64 computer.  So essentially you get cartridge emulation, and then some.
     For the hardware enthusiasts out there - all the detail you\we love.
Processor Type  Processor Speed  Other Processor Information RAM \ Video RAM
8-bit CSG 6510A 0.985 MHz MOS Technology VIC-II MOS 8569 (video) 64 KB \ 0.5 KB
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
320 x 200 16 colors 8 sprites (4 colors max) 6581 "SID" (3 voices)
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
Cartridge 16 KB 28 Commodore 64 cartridges (ones that do not require keyboard)
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
20 KB ROM None Joystick, 2 Trigger Buttons, 1 Action Button None
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Two (2) DB9 None None S-Video \ Composite (via 8 pin DIN plug), RF
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: 240V, 50 HZ
Output: DC 5V (Pins 1/5),
 AC 9V (Pins 6/7)
None None
Commodore 64GS Tech Sheet (PDF) - 0.49 MB
Commodore 64GS Software Manual (PDF) - 0.92 MB

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