Astrocity: the official mini arcade machine for SEGA fans

Astrocity : la borne mini arcade officielle des fans de SEGA

Get Ready! What is the Sega Astro City mini arcade machine worth?

The Sega Astro City Mini mini arcade machine is a beautiful device that will delight fans of retrogaming and die-hard SEGA fans from the 80s and 90s. It is a faithful 1/6 scale reproduction of the Sega Astro City Mini arcade machine. Astro City arcade, released in 1993 in Japan. It contains 37 original Sega arcade games, some of which have never been ported to consoles or PC. Finding cult licenses like Shinobi, Wonder Boy, or Golden Ax in their arcade version is a very tempting promise, let's see what it's all about.

Characteristics of the Sega Astro City Mini terminal

The Sega Astro City mini arcade machine sports a compact and very portable size, while still being enough to recall the sensations of the arcade. It measures approximately 18 cm in height, 13 cm in width, 12 cm in depth, and weighs approximately 600 g. It faithfully reproduces the design and colors of the original arcade machine, recognizable by its rounded shapes and angles, its very neo-futuristic white and green color scheme, its slightly rounded sides, its essential Sega logo and its luminous marquee on the more beautiful effect.

The SEGA Astro City Mini terminal has a 4-inch LCD screen, a mono speaker, a headphone jack and an HDMI port for connecting it to a screen. On the power side, it is supplied with a micro-USB cable to plug into a mains adapter, a USB device or a “Power Bank” battery if you want to use it on the go or take it to friends.

Finally, in terms of hardware, its strong point is undoubtedly its high quality stick and buttons for a product in this range. Without being at the level of the Sanwa controllers which are the reference in the field, the whole perfectly reproduces the characteristic "clicks" of the finest hours of arcade rooms.

The features of the Sega Astro City mini arcade machine

The Sega Astro City mini arcade machine contains 37 original Sega arcade games, which cover different genres and eras, from shoot'em up to fighting game, racing game or puzzle game. Among the games included, we find classics like Virtua Fighter, Golden Axe, Space Harrier, Shinobi, Wonder Boy or Fantasy Zone, but also rarer titles like Arabian Fight, Dark Edge, Cotton or Stack Columns.

Games are accessed via a main menu, which also allows you to adjust sound, visual and difficulty settings. The Sega Astro City also offers a scanline mode, which simulates the horizontal lines displayed by old cathode ray screens, as well as a save mode, which allows you to resume a game at any time.

Another welcome option: you can connect the terminal to a television via an HDMI cable, to enjoy games on the big screen. You can also adjust the sound, visual, and difficulty settings of each game, according to your preferences. You can also activate a scanline mode, which simulates the effect of old cathode ray screens, for a more authentic rendering. Finally, you can save your progress at any time, and resume a game where you left off, which is very practical for the longest or most difficult games.

The Sega Astro City mini arcade cabinet is made of high-quality resin, which faithfully reproduces the material of the original cabinet. It is solid, robust, and without visible screws. The stickers are well applied, and do not come off easily. The terminal is lit by a green band under the location of the logo at the top of the screen, called "marquee", which gives a deliciously retro-reality lighting effect. The stick and buttons are also well made, and offer responsiveness and precision

What are the Sega Astro City accessories?

The Sega Astro City can be supplemented with optional accessories, which increase the possibilities of play and customization. In particular, there is a control pad, which plugs into the mini terminal and which reproduces the controller of the Sega Mega Drive console, with its six buttons and its directional cross.

There is also an arcade stick, which also plugs into the mini terminal and which offers better grip and better precision for fighting or shooting games. Finally, there is a kit for assembling several mini terminals, which allows you to create a real miniature arcade room, with sound and light effects.

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An eclectic list of games to immerse yourself in SEGA hits

The Sega Astro City delights with no less than 37 original Sega arcade games, which cover a period of 10 years, going from 1984 to 1994. The varied selection mixes essential classics, such as Virtua Fighter, Golden Axe, Space Harrier, or Shinobi, and rarer titles, like Dark Edge, Cotton, or Stack Columns.

There are games of all genres: platform, action, combat, racing, puzzle, shoot'em up, etc. There is something for everyone and for all difficulty levels. Some games even offer a two-player mode, by plugging in an additional controller. The selection of games is therefore rather successful, even if we can regret the absence of certain Sega hits, such as OutRun, After Burner, or Streets of Rage.

Other useful elements for the Sega Astro City mini arcade machine

The 37 games of the Sega Astro City mini arcade machine

Virtua Fighter

In response to the stars that are Street Fighter, The King of Fighters and Mortal Kombat, SEGA releases the first polygonal 3D fighting game and revolutionizes the genre with its innovative graphics, realistic physics and new gameplay. It features eight fighters with varied styles, who compete in a global tournament.

Space Harrier

A great classic of fast-scrolling shoot'em up, which immerses the player in a fantastic and colorful universe in fake 3D, Afterburner style. The player controls a hero armed with a laser cannon, who can run and fly in all directions, while avoiding obstacles and enemies.

Rad Mobile

A 3D racing game, which invites you to drive a sports car across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York. The game stands out for its weather effects, varied settings and nervous gameplay.

Fantasy Zone

One of the most emblematic SEGA games of the 80s. A horizontal shoot'em up which takes place in a magical and childish world. The player controls a ship named Opa-Opa, which must destroy enemy bases and collect parts to improve its weaponry.

Altered Beast

A beat'em up, which features a warrior resurrected by Zeus, who must save his daughter Athena from the clutches of Néff, the god of the other world. The player can transform into different creatures, such as a werewolf, dragon, or bear, by collecting energy orbs.

Golden Ax

This great beat'em up classic takes place in a medieval fantasy universe like Conan the Barbarian. The player can choose between three characters: barbarian, amazon or dwarf, who must fight the forces of the evil Death Adder. The game also features mounts, like dragons or beasts, which can be used to attack enemies.

Golden Ax - The Revenge Of Death Adder

The sequel to Golden Axe, which features new characters, new levels, new mounts and new weapons. The game uses the same principle as the previous one, but with improved graphics and animations.

Alien Syndrome

Science fiction-style action takes place in a spaceship invaded by aliens. The player must navigate the different levels, eliminating hostile creatures and rescuing hostages. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can cooperate or shoot each other.

Alien Storm

An action game, set on Earth, where an alien invasion is taking place. The player can choose between three characters: a soldier, a woman or a robot, who have different weapons and abilities. The game alternates between shooting, running and hand-to-hand combat phases.

Wonder Boy

Another SEGA icon from the 80s. The game mixes platform and adventure, with a boy named Tom-Tom who must save his girlfriend Tina from the clutches of the king of demons. The player must go through various levels, avoiding traps and enemies, and collecting fruits to maintain his life gauge.

Wonder Boy In Monster Land

The sequel to Wonder Boy, which takes place in a medieval fantasy world. The player still controls Tom-Tom, who must face the dragon Meka, who has plunged the country into chaos. The game mixes platforming, combat and RPG elements, with the ability to purchase weapons, armor and magic items.

Wonder Boy III Monster Lair

The third installment of the Wonder Boy series takes place this time in a futuristic world. The player controls a hero or heroine, who must prevent the evil BioMeka from destroying the planet. The game alternates between platform and shoot'em up phases, with bosses at the end of each level.

Shinobi

The famous SEGA license made the heyday of arcade machines and the Megadrive. This action platform game features a ninja named Joe Musashi, who must save children kidnapped by a criminal organization. The player must use their ninjutsu techniques, such as shuriken, katana or magic, to make their way through enemies and traps.

Shadow Dancer

The sequel to Shinobi, set in a city ravaged by terrorism. The player still controls Joe Musashi, who is accompanied by a dog named Yamato, who can attack enemies or distract them. The game uses the same principle as the previous one, but with improved graphics and animations.

Cyber ​​Police Eswat

An action game, set in a dystopian future, where a criminal organization named EYE threatens world peace. The player controls an elite police officer, who can equip himself with cybernetic armor, which grants him superhuman abilities, such as flying, shooting or shielding.

Crack Down

An action game, set in a city controlled by a dictator named BAD, who plans to set off a nuclear bomb. The player controls a secret agent, who must infiltrate enemy bases and plant bombs in strategic locations. The game features a two-player mode, where characters must cooperate to accomplish their mission.

Gain Ground

An action game, which takes place in a combat simulator, where warriors from different eras are trapped. The player must control a group of characters, who have different weapons and abilities, and who must reach the exit of each level, while confronting enemies and saving allies. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can swap or combine.

Quartet 2

An action game, which takes place in a space station invaded by aliens. The player can choose between four characters: a soldier, a woman, a robot or an alien, who have different weapons and abilities. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can cooperate or shoot each other.

Puyo Puyo

A puzzle game, set in a magical world, where gelatinous creatures named Puyo fall from the sky. The player must line up at least four Puyo of the same color, to make them disappear and send annoying blocks to his opponent. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can compete or help each other.

Puyo Puyo 2

The sequel to Puyo Puyo, which offers new characters, new game modes, new rules and new animations. The game uses the same principle as the previous one, but with improved graphics and sounds.

Columns

A puzzle game, which takes place in an ancient universe, where gems of different shapes and colors fall from the sky. The player must align at least three gems of the same color to make them disappear and score points. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can compete or help each other.

Columns II

The sequel to Columns, which offers new game modes, new rules and new animations. The game uses the same principle as the previous one, but with improved graphics and sounds.

Bonanza Bros

An action game, which takes place in a city where crime reigns. The player controls a duo of burglars, who must steal valuable objects from different locations, such as a museum, a bank or a casino. The game features a two-player mode, where characters must cooperate to avoid guards and traps.

Tant-R

An action game, set in a comic universe, where detectives must solve puzzles and mini-games. The player must use his sense of observation, his memory and his reflection to succeed in the different challenges. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can compete or help each other.

Ichidant-R

The sequel to Tant-R, which offers new characters, new mini-games, new rules and new animations. The game uses the same principle as the previous one, but with improved graphics and sounds.

Thunder Force AC

A vertical shoot'em up, which takes place in a science fiction universe, where a galactic war rages. The player controls a ship named Styx, which must face the forces of the ORN empire. The game offers an interchangeable weapon system, which allows you to adapt to different situations.

Sonic Boom

A horizontal shoot'em up, which takes place in a futuristic universe, where a terrorist organization named Sonic Boom threatens world peace. The player controls a fighter plane, which must destroy enemy bases and gigantic bosses. The game stands out for its 360-degree shooting system, which allows you to aim in all directions.

Dottori Kun

A puzzle game, which takes place in a minimalist universe, where dots of different colors fall from the sky. The player must line up at least four dots of the same color to make them disappear and score points. The game is known for being the ghost title of the Astro City arcade machine, which appeared when no games were inserted.

Flicky

A platform game, which features a blue bird named Flicky, who must save his little ones from the claws of cats. The player must navigate the different levels, avoiding obstacles and enemies, and collecting baby birds. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can compete or help each other.

Sega Ninja

An action game, which features a kunoichi named Princess Kurumi, who must save her country from evil forces. The player must use their ninjutsu techniques, such as shuriken, katana or magic, to make their way through enemies and traps. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can cooperate or shoot each other.

My Hero

An action game, which features a high school student named Steven, who must save his girlfriend Remy from the clutches of a gang of thugs. The player must traverse various levels, using his fists, feet or objects to fight enemies. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can compete or help each other.

Arabian Fight

A beat'em up, which takes place in an oriental universe, where an evil sultan has kidnapped princess Lurana. The player can choose between four characters: a prince, a princess, a genie or a warrior, who have different weapons and abilities. The game stands out for its pre-rendered 3D graphics, which create an effect of depth.

Dark Edge

A 3D fighting game, set in a post-apocalyptic future, where fighters face off in underground arenas. The player can choose between eight characters, who have different weapons and abilities. The game stands out for its free movement system, which allows you to move in all directions.

Cotton

A horizontal shoot'em up, which features a witch named Cotton, who must save the world from the forces of evil. The player controls Cotton, who flies on his broomstick, and can use different types of magic, such as fire, ice or lightning. The game stands out for its cute and colorful universe, and its offbeat humor.

Alex Kidd with Stella The Lost Stars

A platform game, which features Alex Kidd, the hero of the Sega Master System console, who must save his planet from the clutches of the evil Ziggurat. The player must go through varied levels, avoiding traps and enemies, and collecting stars. The game stands out for its improved graphics, compared to previous installments in the series.

Scramble Spirits

A vertical shoot'em up, which takes place in a science fiction universe, where an aerial war rages. The player controls a fighter plane, which must face enemy forces and gigantic bosses. The game features a two-player mode, where characters can cooperate or shoot each other.

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