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Sega‘s Astro City Mini arcade system is coming to Europe, but its price is significantly higher than it was in other regions.
The mini system was originally released in December 2020 in Japan, and was believed to be exclusive to that region until US-based game distributor Limited Run games announced in March that it was selling a limited number of units in the west.
Limited Run’s site claimed that only 3500 systems were being manufactured in English packaging for the US market, all of which have now sold out. While this statement was technically true, European players will now seemingly have more ways to purchase the system, albeit at a higher price.
When the system launched in Japan it was priced at ¥12,800 ($120), while Limited Run was selling it for $129.99.
It appears that European Sega fans will have to pay significantly more for their system, however, as both Amazon UK and Argos are selling it for £139.99 and European Amazon sites are selling it for €159.99 (both prices are around $200).
Astro City Mini comes preloaded with 36 Sega arcade titles, including Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter and Fantasy Zone.
The micro-console includes a built-in screen, joystick and six-button setup. It can also be played on a television via HDMI and is powered via a micro USB connection.
There are two additional USB slots for additional control pads and arcade sticks, which will be sold separately.
The Limited Run version features localised English packaging for the US market, the firm has said, but it’s not clear if its games will also be localised to their English versions.
Even though the included software is based on arcade games, each offers save states similar to other micro-consoles.