Sega Astro City Mini console adds Shinobi, Wonder Boy, and… a miniature stool

Sega’s mini arcade, the Astro City Mini, will come with 36 games and we’ve learnt another 13 of them, including Puyo Puyo and Wonder Boy.

While miniature versions of consoles and arcade cabinets have proven to be very popular, it was still surprising to see Sega announce one of their own, titled the Sega Astro City Mini.

At the time, we only knew 10 of the purported 36 games that will be included, such as Virtua Fighter and Golden Axe, but we have recently learnt of another 13 of them, courtesy of a Japanese livestream.

Firstly, puzzle game enthusiasts can look forward to three additional puzzle titles, alongside the already confirmed Columns 2; namely, Puyo Puyo, Ichidant-R, and the original Columns (we’re not sure why Sega confirmed the second game before the first).

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Puyo Puyo has gradually gained recognisability here in the West, thanks to its crossover with Tetris and appearances in the Yakuza series, specifically Yakuza 6 and spin-off game Judgment.

Ichidant-R might be less recognisable but features different types of puzzle gameplay in the form of various mini-games. For example, one will have you trying to build a rocket using matching parts while another has you use hints to open the correct door.

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Platformer fans, meanwhile, can check out the first three Wonder Boy games, which have more recently been succeeded by Monster Boy.

Monster Boy was directly inspired by Wonder Boy 3 and made by the series creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa, so if you enjoyed that game, it might be worth seeing how the series got its start in the late 80s.

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If you prefer your side-scrolling platformers to feature ninjas, both Shinobi and its sequel, Shadow Dancer, are included.

But what if you just want to run to the right and shoot at whatever’s in the way? The futuristic Cyber Police: ESWAT might scratch that itch.

Not cute enough? Then how about Cotton, a shoot ‘em up where you control a young witch on a broomstick.

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There’s also Bonanza Bros., a shooter/platformer about two brothers attempting to rob various locales without getting caught, and Crack Down, a run-and-gun game played from a top-down perspective.

And finally, there is Gain Ground, a strategy game that boasts 40 levels. Some of you may recognise it from its cameo appearance in crossover title Project X Zone, where it served as the basis for two different levels.

In addition, you can order a kit that includes a base to stand the console on and make it look even more like a real arcade cabinet (complete with a fake coin slot and collection door), as well as a miniature stool.

It’s a cute novelty for those that want to recreate the arcade experience as authentically as possible and is currently available to pre-order on Amazon Japan.

That still leaves another 13 games unannounced but, unfortunately, there is still no sign of the mini arcade being released in the West.

It’s tempting to wish for other Sega classics like OutRun or Space Harrier or even the ultra rare SegaSonic The Hedgehog but they’re all unlikely because they have analogue controls (a trackball in SegaSonic’s case) and unique cabinets.

The Sega Astro City Mini will release this December in Japan.

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