SEGA announce Astro City Mini arcade cabinet with 36 retro games

SEGA announce Astro City Mini arcade cabinet with 36 retro games

The Astro City Mini is a small scale arcade cabinet from SEGA that comes loaded with 36 retro games but…

It may only be available in Japan. Continuing their recent theme for miniature versions of their retro consoles, SEGA are heading back in time to shrink an arcade cabinet.

For their next nostalgia dive the games company are taking a similar approach to SNK’s Neo Geo Mini. SEGA’s Astro City arcade cabinet debuted in 1993 and became one of their most popular. Seventeen years on and SEGA are preparing to release a mini version pre-loaded with 36 classic titles.

Each unit will house a six button configuration and a joystick which – for arcade gaming aficionados – utilises micro-switches for a more authentic experience.

For a multi-player experience the Astro City Mini can be connected to a television via the built in HDMI port. There are also two USB A ports for connecting joypads, a headphone socket and units are powered by Micro USB.

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Only ten games have been confirmed so far and include some classic SEGA titles.

Alien Syndrome
Alien Storm
Golden Axe
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
Columns II

Dark Edge
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
Virtua Fighter
Fantasy Zone
Altered Beast

Astro City Mini is due for release in Japan towards the end of the year. Units are priced at ¥12,800. Sadly there is no word on a release in the West.

Arcade gaming is still big business in Japan where SEGA are also set to roll out their unique ‘Fog Gaming‘ service which will utilise gaming cabinets during down-time to power a lightning fast streaming service.

SEGA’s mini arcade follows the popularity of the MegaDrive/Genesis mini and the announcement of the Game Gear Micro, due out in October.

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