We finally have a list of all the classic arcade games included in the Sega Astro City Mini console and it’s certainly an eclectic mix…
The idea of a pint-sized arcade cabinet filled with classic games from Sega’s golden age sounds like the thing retro dreams are made of but, as usual, Sega always manages to rescue defeat from the jaws of victory.
They’ve finally released the full list of 36 games and it is… weird. The last 13 titles are mostly forgotten obscurities such as 2D shooter Ninja Princess (aka Sega Ninja) and beat ‘em-up My Hero, or more famous games you just didn’t realise started in the arcade – such as Scramble Spirits and Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars.
Perhaps the strangest inclusions though are Space Harrier and Rad Mobile. The former is one of Sega’s most important 3D sprite-scaling games but it originally used an analogue joystick, whereas the Astro City only has an eight-way digital joystick.
It was originally assumed the reason classics like OutRun and After Burner weren’t included is because they had analogue controls and yet Space Harrier seems to fly in the fact of that theory.
As does Rad Mobile (aka Gale Racer), which is not only comparatively more recent than most of these other games but used a steering wheel controller in all its various different cabinets.
Perhaps there’s some obscure precedent about Space Harrier having a forgotten digital version but it does make the whole collection seem very random.
Sega Astro City Mini full games list
Puyo Puyo Tsu
Thunder Force AC
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Wonder Boy In Monster Land
Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair
Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
Apart from anything else, the most important question about the mini-console – whether it’ll ever be released officially in the West – still hasn’t been answered.
It is now on course to be released in Japan this December though, along with a bunch of peripherals including a doll-sized arcade seat and a full-sized arcade stick.
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