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UPDATE: Sega Astro City Mini news is coming in thick and fast right now. It has just been announced that Funstock will be selling the mini arcade cabinet in the UK.
Pre-orders are open on the Funstock website ahead of a May 28 release date. Click here to pre-order the device from the Funstock website.
Funstock is selling the Sega Astro City Mini for £129.99 with free UK shipping.
ORIGINAL: The Sega Astro City Mini launched in Japan towards the end of last year, and is a miniature version of the iconic Sega arcade cabinet that populated coin-op dens back in the 90s.
Like the Neo Geo Mini before it, the Sega Astro City Mini is a tiny arcade cabinet with a working arcade stick and buttons.
Games can be played on the Sega Astro City Mini via its 3.9inch screen, or on a TV using the HDMI output.
Astro City branded accessories were also launched, with a controller and awesome-looking arcade stick also released.
But the biggest reason to pick up an Astro City Mini – besides its cute, fun-sized format – are the games included.
The Astro City Mini is loaded up with 37 games, including games that never before had been released outside of the arcades like Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder.
And now, for the first time, the Sega Astro City Mini will be available at a Western retailer.
On Friday March 27 Limited Run Games are opening pre-orders for the Sega Astro City Mini.
Only 3,500 units are available and this features English language packaging specifically manufactured for US markets.
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Pre-orders for the Sega Astro City Mini will go live at 2pm UK time on Friday with the mini console available at this link.
The Limited Run Games Twitter announced the upcoming release of the Sega Astro City Mini earlier this week.
The @LimitedRunGames Twitter posted: “Big things really do come in small packages. SEGA’s Astro City Mini Arcade is opening for pre-order on March 26th!”
And while Limited Run Games is based in the US, if you’re in other regions they do ship internationally.
Replying to one gamer the Limited Run Games Twitter said: “We ship to many countries with duties, taxes, customs, and all fees prepaid.”
You can find more details on Limited Run Games’ international shipping by clicking here.
Limited Run Games has priced the Sega Astro City Mini at $129.99, with the controller costing $27.99 and the cute style kit (which features a mini chair and stand for the cabinet) costing $39.99.
In the run-up to Limited Run Games opening their pre-orders for the Sega Astro City Mini a European firm has also announced their plans for the Astro City Mini.
French-based Just for Games has been announced as the exclusive European distributor of the Sega Astro City Mini.
The Sega Astro City Mini will be available via Just for Games from May 28 and the retailer will see the Astro City Mini’s arcade stick in the pink and green colour schemes. This is in addition to the Sega Astro City Mini console and controller.
In case you’re wondering, here is a full list of all the games included on the Sega Astro City Mini…
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (with Stella), Alien Storm, Alien Syndrome, Altered Beast, Arabian Fight, Bonanza Bros, Columns, Columns II, Cotton, Crack Down, Cyber Police ESWAT, Dark Edge, Dottori Kun (Dot Race), Fantasy Zone, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder, My Hero, Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo 2, Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R, Puzzle & Action: Tant-R, Rad Mobile, Quartet 2, Scramble Spirits, Sega Ninja, Shadow Dancer, Shinobi, Sonic Boom, Space Harrier, Stack Columns, Thunder Force AC, Virtua Fighter, Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy in Monster Land and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair.
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