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Astro City Mini, a scaled-down version of the Sega arcade chassis Astro City that dominated the arcade in the 90s, has been officially announced.

The product has been commercialized by Sega Toys to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Sega Group and is scheduled for release in December 2020. It's not just a miniature, but a monitor and control panel that will allow you to play many built-in arcade titles.

It seems to have been erased last night after the flying announcement was made by some mistake, but since the official Sega Toys announced that "we'll be looking forward to seeing you tomorrow" (as of the 7th), and the official Sega account also stated that "we may have seen all sorts of dazzling sights yesterday", we'd like to react as if it was the first time we'd seen it.

Astro City is an arcade chassis that was introduced in 1993. It was the first case made of plastic, which was a far cry from the sheet metal work that had been done until then, and it was light enough to be used in game centers. Approximately 50,000 units were installed. It's also the setting for the video game classic, Virtua Fighter, where the Iron Men played their famous games.

The Astro City Mini retains the original design, but shrinks to a palm size of one-sixth the size of the original. Not only does it look great, but it's made of the same plastic, and even the control buttons, while small, are made of the same material as the original. According to the interview with the developer, there are four microswitches to detect the shaft of the lever, and the ball at the end of the lever is a real screw type.

You can play Astro City Mini on its own, or you can play it on a TV with an HDMI cable. The game can also be played by two players if you connect a control pad (sold separately). In the interview mentioned above, "three or four players" was ruled out, If the arcade version of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is included, it doesn't appear that you'll be able to play with the three Michael's.

The 36 titles in this collection are selected from Sega's arcade games. From the following, which can only be revived by playing Astro City, to the ones that were played on the Mega Drive, even those that enjoy beautiful bears, so far, ten titles have been revealed.

  • Virtua Fighter

  • Fantasy Zone

  • Golden Axe

  • Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder

  • Alien Storm

  • Alien Syndrome

  • Columns II

  • Tant-R

  • Dark Edge

  • Altered Beast

Of these, Dark Edge and The Revenge of Death Adder have never been ported to a home console before, and as a Sega Arcade fanatic, they should not be missed. The deliberate addition of six control buttons on the Astro City Mini (most titles make it in time for two or three) may be a 5-button response to Dark Edge, and perhaps a milestone in the inclusion of the 6-button Burning Rivalry.

The console is priced at 12,800 yen, while the Astro City Mini Control Pad, an external pad, is priced at 2,780 yen (both excluding tax). It's already available for pre-order on Amazon and other online retailers.

Source: SEGA

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