Sega has announced a second new console release in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
The console, which is named the Astro City Mini, is a miniature arcade replica of Sega’s 1993 Astro City arcade cabinet. The new miniature version comes with 36 pre-installed games. The ten titles that have been confirmed include:
- Altered Beast
- Alien Storm
- Alien Syndrome
- Columns II
- Dark Edge
- Fantasy Zone
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder
- Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
- Virtua Fighter
According to SegaDriven, the Astro City Mini fits in the palm of your hand, features a white and black colour scheme with a neon-green joystick and arcade-style buttons.
Sega has explained that the Astro City Mini will be playable as a standalone handheld console or it can be plugged into a TV via HDMI. The console features two USB ports, a headphone jack, and must be connected via a Micro USB port for power.
The Astro City Mini will reportedly release in Japan towards the end of the year but no official date has been given. There’s been no mention of a release in other countries. The new console will sell or around 12,800 yen, equivalent to around $119/£95/€105.
Sega’s 60th Anniversary
The Astro City Mini isn’t the only console being released in Japan for Sega’s 60th anniversary. Last month, we reported that the tech giant and game publisher had announced its new Game Gear Micro handheld console, a miniature version of the company’s original console from the 90s.
The Game Gear Micro will come in four colour variations and will each feature four unique games. The console will launch in October in Japan but there has been no news on a release for the rest of the world.
Like with the Astro City Mini, the handheld console can be held in the palm of your hand. It’s charged via USB and comes with a headphone jack and a mono speaker. Users who purchase the console can grab a Big Window magnifying glass to offer a closer view of the pre-installed games.
These two console releases aren’t the first time Sega has re-released a retro console. Last year, the tech giant launched the Mega Drive Mini in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
The console comes with two wired controllers, a USB power adapter, and HDMI and power cables. What’s more, the Mega Drive Mini, much like the consoles described above, comes with 42 pre-installed games.
They include Tetris, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Road Rash II, Dynamite Headdy, Dr Robotnik’s Mean Machine, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Sonic The Hedgehog, Shinobi 3: Return Of The Ninja Master, and Disney’s Castle Of Illusion and World Of Illusion.
Since there have been no announcements regarding Western releases for the above two consoles, it’s unlikely that they’ll release outside of Japan. But keep checking back at Gamedom.co.uk to stay up-to-date on all things Sega and any potential future announcements.
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