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Sega’s new mini cabinet is reviving 36 retro games

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Comes complete with six face buttons and microswitches

an astro city mini against a white background Image: Sega

Sega unveiled its latest mini retro console, the Astro City Mini.

Unlike Sega’s previous retro consoles, like the Sega Genesis Mini, this one is designed after an arcade cabinet, similar to SNK’s Neo Geo Mini, which came out in 2018. First spotted by Sega Driven, the Astro City Mini will boast a more intricate button setup — six face buttons, plus Start and Select — as well as functioning microswitches, and a headphone jack. The original Astro City cabinet debuted in 1993 and is one of the company’s most popular arcade devices. The Astro City Mini will come with 36 games. The following titles have been confirmed by Game Watch:

  • Alien Syndrome
  • Alien Storm
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
  • Columns II
  • Dark Edge
  • Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Altered Beast

The Astro City Mini will release in Japan later this year for 12,800 yen (about $120). It’s unclear whether it will come to western markets.