Sega has gotten into the habit of releasing miniature retro versions of its iconic video game consoles, such as the Genesis, the Mega Drive Mini or the Game Gear Micro, although now it takes a different tack and looks at the most iconic of its arcade machines, the Astro City, launched in 1993, and still existing in Japanese arcades, belonging to the City family of arcade machines, which formerly existed in arcade venues, which were very common in the 80s and 90s, offering a diversity of arcade games.
In this sense, the company is working to launch a mini version of the iconic Astro City, as stated by the company in an interview with the publication Game Watch, although it has been later withdrawn, the reason for this unknown.
On a technical level, he noted that the arcade machine, which will fit in the palm of one hand, use a suitable microswitch system, and have an HDMI output on the back, ideal for those who want to bring arcade games to their TV screen, as well as two USB-A ports, a micro-USB port and a headphone jack.
For now, it is unknown whether to carry an integrated battery, for which we will have to wait for Sega to confirm all the characteristics to be able to solve doubts.
And when it comes to games, Sega noted that it will come pre-loaded with a total of 36 sets, although confirmed games to date are the following:
- Alien Syndrome
- Alien storm
- Golden Ax
- Golden Ax: The Revenge of Death Adder
- Columns II
- Dark Edge
- Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
- Virtua fighter
- Fantasy zone
- Altered beast
Again, we will also have to wait to know the complete list, and if there are possibilities of expansion or not.
Sega carry the new Astro City Mini the Japanese market at the end of this year, just in time for Christmas shopping, for about 12,800 yen, about 117 dollars or about 105 euros to change.
We do not know whether to offer the possibility of buying it in other markets. In any case, the new Astro City Mini will become part of the portfolio of miniaturized products that the company has been bringing in in recent years, inspired by its original retro machines and consoles.
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