While most Nintendo fans might know Sega best for its console games, and the iconic console war of the ’90s, the company was behind countless ground-breaking arcade games at the same time and in the decades prior. It turns out Sega of Japan is seeking to memorialize a few of those iconic titles with a new miniature “console”, based on the Astro City arcade cabinet that sat in arcades across the country.
For starters, the device itself will have an 8-way microswitched joy-stick and 6 buttons, a marquee that’ll light up when the system is powered, on, a screen, a HDMI out port, and two USB ports for controllers which will be sold separately.
The games are where it really shines, though. A whopping 36 are confirmed, but only 10 have been revealed so far.
- Alien Syndrome
- Alien Storm
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder
- Columns II
- Dark Edge
- Tant R
- Virtua Fighter
- Fantasy Zone
- Altered Beast
Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder is perhaps the most notable game in the bunch, as the game has only seen one other port via the pricey Arcade 1 Up Golden Axe cabinet.
As of right now, the Astro City Mini is only confirmed for a 2020 release in Japan for 12,800 yen (roughly $119), but given the worldwide launch of the Mega Drive/Genesis Mini last year, we can hope the same rings true here!