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SEGA Toys announces 36 classic arcade games you can play at home with new Astro City Mini

By Jen Santelices, grape Japan

Whether they were butting heads during an intense match of a fighting game or mashing buttons to kill the final level boss, there’s a whole generation of kids who grew up glued to arcade machines. If you were one of those kids, you’ve probably wished you could bring one home just so you could keep playing (and keep that high score too).

Luckily for those who are still kids-at-heart, SEGA Toys is releasing a “mini” version of their popular Astro City arcade machine—and it’s just a little bit taller than your average smartphone.

The Astro City Mini is a scaled-down version of 1993’s Astro City arcade machine. The original Astro City was one of SEGA’s more popular machines and was known for its lime green logo.

The mini version stands at 170 mm (6.7 inches) tall and has 36 classic arcade game titles you can play at home. Some of the titles such as Puyo Puyo, Virtua Fighter, and Golden Axe, were even releasing newer versions of the games as recently as 2018.

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It also comes with different accessories (below) to make the gaming experience feel more authentic. The Astro City Mini Arcade Stick (pictured left) is 350 mm wide, so it should be enough to fit both hands comfortably. But if extra space isn’t an option, the Astro City Mini Control Pad (pictured right) is just around the size of regular controllers and retains the retro design of the machine too.

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Priced at 12,800 yen, the Astro City Mini is currently up for reservations and will be fully released on Dec 17. SEGA’s website lists where the machine can be bought from and also includes a list of all 36 playable games and prices for the accessories.

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This is a big deal because a lot of these games are getting official home conversions for the first time- Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder, Arabian Fight, Sonic Boom, Dark Edge, the original arcade version of Shadow Dancer, and maybe one or two that I may have missed. For that reason alone, this is pretty exciting, but it looks like they did a good job with the design of the product as well.

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Looks cool. I can't tell from the dimensions, but I hope the controllers are good. The FamiCon Mini that Nintendo brought out maybe four years ago to spark this retro revival came with hard-wired tiny controllers in Japan. Controllers aside, it was an epic console for just 7000 yen. The US version came with connectors, which allowed regular controllers to be used. Shrinking the screen and console box is fine, but the controllers that are too small are fiddly and affect gameplay.

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Those were the days. You can still find those in some shops in HK and Taiwan. Most people above 45 still enjoy playing those games.

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