The Sega Astro City Mini V micro-console is now available for purchase across Europe.
The system arrived in Japan last year and has already been released in North America. It contains 22 games and will set you back €249.99.
The Astro City Mini V is being distributed in Europe by Game Outlet Europe. The company CEO David Karlsson had this to say about the news:
"The Astro City arcade holds a special place in the hearts of millions of gamers worldwide, thanks to its legendary design and slew of incredible games. To bring 22 of these classics to home users in a footprint which fits in the palm of the hand is mind blowing. With the high-quality emulation gamers can realise the full arcade experience, complete with the stunning vertical screen. We’re so excited that arcade fans and collectors across the EU can finally bring the SEGA Astro City Mini V home for themselves."
The following titles are included on the unit, which has a vertical screen, making it ideal for classic coin-op shmups:
- MOON CRESTA
- TERRA CRESTA
- COSMO POLICE GALIVAN
- ACTION FIGHTER
- WRESTLE WAR
- FIRE SHARK
- OUT ZONE
- SONIC WINGS
- TRUXTON II
- DESERT BREAKER
- GRIND STORMER
- SAMURAI ACES
- KINGDOM GRANDPRIX
- ARMED POLICE BATRIDER
- BATTLE BAKRAID UNLIMITED VER.
We reviewed the Japanese version of the Astro City Mini V last year and came away somewhat unimpressed by the quality of the emulation, saying:
"We can't quite bring ourselves to declare the Astro City Mini V a complete disaster, as much as we'd like to based on the almost unforgivable amount of input latency. Granted, the lag does make the experience feel a little floaty and indistinct – especially on the more technically demanding games – but they're still playable and enjoyable, and for shmup fans, there's a definite thrill to finally being able to play arcade exclusives like Out Zone, Dogyūn and the utterly sublime Armed Police Batrider at home. If you've dreamt of experiencing these titles from the comfort of your living room, then we'd still recommend you at least consider picking one of these up."
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