Sega has announced a miniature arcade cabinet, scheduled for Japanese release only, which will ship with 36 games included.
Sega’s been celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and the celebrations continue with the announcement of the Astro City Mini. This miniature arcade cabinet – which fits in your hand – comes with 36 Sega arcade titles and is set to release later this year, according to Game Watch, as translated by Sega Driven.
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As for what games to expect on the device, Sega has announced just 10 of the three dozen expected to ship with it: Alien Syndrome, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Columns II, Dark Edge, Fantasy Zone, Golden Axe, Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder, Tant R, and Virtua Fighter. It’s unknown if more titles or the entire selection will be announced before the cabinet is released.
The cabinet is an off-white color and features a bright green eight-way joystick and six arcade buttons on a black background. You can check out what the mini system looks like below.
Sega said that each game will be playable in its original format and can be played either on the cabinet’s screen or on a TV through an HDMI hookup. The system must be connected to a micro USB electrical connection in order to turn on, and it features an additional two USB slots for those wishing to connect more joysticks to the system. When turned on, the cabinet features a mini marquee that lights up.
No word has been given as to whether this cabinet is set to release outside of Japan. It will be available by the end of the year for 12,800 yen, which is currently equal to around $118.
Read about Sega’s mini-sized Genesis release in our Sega Genesis Mini review and then check out these Arcade1Up cabinets for games like NBA Jam, Star Wars, and Burger Time. Be sure to check out Sega’s palm-sized Game Gear Micro Console announced last month as well.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.
Source: IGN.com Sega Announces a Miniature Arcade Cabinet With 36 Games Included