SEGA Mini Arcade Cabinet Revealed, Includes 36 Games
If there’s one thing that’s apparent these days, nostalgia is a near-impossible-to-stop selling point to almost all things entertainment. The resurgence of yesteryear franchises like Crash Bandicoot and fan-favorites such as The World Ends with You has only added fuel to the memory lane hype train in recent years, with various hardware makers also getting in on the action with the production of retro-themed mini consoles. Following the reveal of the Game Gear Micro, SEGA has proven to be no stranger to the trend as of late, with the company now also set to release a SEGA mini arcade cabinet called the Astro City Mini.
Announced recently by SEGA Japan (via SEGADrivien) an adorably small version of the company’s classic coin-op machines is set to release by the end of the year, featuring a total of 36 titles playable from the screen-mounted device. The first batch of included games have already been revealed, containing classics in the like of Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter, and even long-obscure releases like Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder presented in their original arcade format. A list of the first 10 confirmed games can be viewed below.
- Alien Syndrome
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Columns II
- Dark Edge
- Fantasy Zone
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder
- Tant R
- Virtua Fighter
As for the device itself, the handheld cabinet includes an 8-way joystick and a 6-button control setup and can be played from its pocket-sized display or through an external screen via an HDMI port. The SEGA mini arcade also features two USB ports, enabling players to utilize additional peripherals, though it’s unknown which control methods may be supported when the device eventually reaches launch. As of now, the Astro City Mini is only set to release in Japan and will be priced at 12,800 yen, which amounts to around $119 in US dollars.
— SEGADriven (@segadriven) July 7, 2020
The Astro City Mini represents only SEGA’s latest efforts to re-release its classic hardware, having already released a 42-game miniaturization of the SEGA Genesis and the company aims to keep the ball rolling with the Game Gear Micro. In recent years, Nintendo proved to be very fruitful with the NES and SNES Classic Editions, with other companies attempting to follow suit such as Sony’s PlayStation Classic, SNK’s Neo Geo Mini, as well as the modern/retro hybrid Atari VCS. Though it’s unknown how a SEGA mini arcade cabinet might perform in 2020, the device already seems to be off to a good start with the reveal of a nice assortment of games.
What do you think? Are you excited to get your hands on the Astro City Mini, or are you waiting to see which other games will end up on the device first? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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