Sega's Astro City Mini Arcade Cabinet Comes With 36 Games, Available To Pre-Order Now

With arcade hits like Virtua Fighter and Golden Axe, the Astro City is looking for space on your shelf.

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After announcing a palm-sized Game Gear earlier this year, Sega has revealed another miniature console set to launch in Japan, this time with over 30 arcade games.

The Astro City Mini Arcade cabinet is exactly what the name suggests. You'll get a lovely green and white arcade cabinet that can fit on a shelf, equipped with a single joystick and six buttons. The console also features a display, but you'll still need to power it via micro USB (there's no internal battery for portable play). You can also connect it to a larger display via HDMI, with two more USB ports for additional controllers that will be sold separately.

The Astro City will come pre-loaded with 36 Sega arcade games, including Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, and Altered Beast. You can find the currently announced games below:

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

Only a handful of games have been revealed, with more coming closer to release. Like the Game Gear Micro, however, Sega has only announced availability for Japan at this time, but you can still snag one in the US via Amazon Japan.

Pre-order Sega Astro City Mini

Astro City Mini Arcade cabinet (gamepad sold separately)
Astro City Mini Arcade cabinet (gamepad sold separately)

Amazon Japan will ship Sega's Astro City Mini to the US. The price is currently set at 14,080 yen (roughly $131), which is slightly more than the 12,800 yen (around $120 yen) price Sega announced. Amazon Japan also has the six-button controller up for pre-order for 3,058 yen (around $28).

This marks Sega's third micro-console in just over a year, with the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive) Mini launching late in 2019. It featured a great selection of games and robust emulation, with critic Peter Brown praising it in our Sega Genesis Mini review, saying, "Genesis fans have waited a long time for a system like this, and for once, we're happy to say that the latest official Genesis console is one worth buying."

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