Tabletop mini arcades aren’t anything new. A cheap emulator in a small cabinet style display has been around for a few years now. Something that felt like a quality product has been much more elusive, though. Sega, a company many of us cut our gaming teeth with, has shown up to remedy that problem. The Sega Astro City Mini Arcade Cabinet will be available for an expected Christmas Release in Japan.
It’s based on the full-sized Sega Astro City machines of the 1990’s Asian market, where a machine may have the games easily swapped out when a new one was available, or a classic was in high demand. The Mini is a tabletop home version with 36 titles packed into it. Some all-time favorites like Virtua Fighter and Altered Beasts headline the roster.
A micro-switch based joystick and classic arcade controls for one operate the built-in LCD. A headphone jack, two USB ports, and a micro-USB port make it a solid little gaming hub for the desk or coffee table. Tabletop is fun, but an HDMI output takes the fun full screen as well, though.
A wider release plan has not been released as of yet, but it hopefully hasn’t been ruled out yet. Head over to Sega to find out more about the device immediately! For any news on a potential US release and other tech news, check back with theculturecurators.com for gaming and tech updates.
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