Taito just unveiled a desktop replica of the Egret II Mini, the sit-down arcade machine originally released in the 90s. Not only is it small and cute, the screen pops out and rotates between a horizontal and vertical position.
The micro arcade replica̵
Taito preloaded the arcade replica with 40 titles, including: moon rescue, Bubble Bobble, qix, Metal Black, Arkanoid, Strike Bowling, kadash, Rainbow Islands EXTRA, Rastan Saga, Liquid Kids Adventure, and its iconic Space Invaders. The expansion controller comes with an SD card preloaded with ten games that use the accompanying trackball and paddle. The console also has an HDMI port for TV output, two USB-A ports for controllers, a USB-C port for power and a headphone jack.
The Egret II Mini won’t ship until March 2, 2022, but that’s fine, because it gives you plenty of time to save enough money for the replica and peripherals. The replica alone costs 18,678 yen (about $170), while the expansion controller costs 12,078 yen ($110). Additional arcade sticks are 3,278 yen ($30). There will also be a limited 49,478 yen bundle with a few extras, such as soundtrack CDs, and a 32-978 yen ($300) bundle that omits the gamepad and arcade stick.