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The Egret II Mini, a Taito-Laden Mini Arcade, is Out Now

The Egret II Mini launches today, bringing with it forty – count ’em – Taito games.

Hang on.. isn’t an egret a bird? Yes, it is, and it’s also the name of ININ Games’s mini arcade, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the Egret I Mini. The Egret II was arcade developer Taito’s most popular machine and so it’s that design that ININ have scaled down for the Egret II Mini.

The Egret II Mini may not be as big as Neo Geo’s bartop arcade, but it’s designed to sit neatly on a small table and, from what we’ve seen of it, it’s a rather nice piece of kit. At five inches in size, it may not have the biggest screen out there but it’s got a feature we’d have killed for on the Arcade1Up or Neo Geo MVSX.

Specifically, you can rotate the screen – so if you’re playing a vertical shooter – which are typically thinner than most games – there’s less wasted space. Turn the screen around and you’ve got a regular horizontal display, ready for the likes of New Zealand Story. On top of that, it has stereo speakers, something that was missing from Arcade1Up’s first few cabinets. On top of that, you can plug it into your TV via an HDMI cable.

There are some absolutely superb titles included, as well as a few so-so ones, but we’re absolute suckers for the Bubble Bobble and Puzzle Bobble series. The complete game list is as follows:

Adventure Canoe, Arkanoid, Arkanoid Returns, Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh, Birdie King, Bubble Bobble, Bubble Memories, Bubble Symphony, Cadash, Cameltry, Chack’n Pop, Dan-KuGa, Darius Gaiden, Don Doko Don, Elevator Action, Elevator Action Returns, Fairyland Story, Growl, Gun Frontier, Halley’s Comet, Hat Trick Hero, Kaiser Knuckle, Kiki Kaikai, Liquid Kids Adventure, Lunar Rescue, Lupin III, Marine Date, Metal Black, New Zealand Story, Outer Zone, Pirate Pete, Plump Pop, Puchi Carat, Puzzle Bobble, Qix, Raimais, Rainbow Island Extra, Rastan Saga, Rayforce, Scramble Formation, Space Invaders, Steel Worker, Strike Bowling, Syvalion, Tatsujin, The Legend of Kage, The Ninja Kids, Twin Cobra, Violence Fight, Volfied

Forty of those titles are included in the machine, while if you buy the limited “Blue Edition”, another ten come on an SD card, intended for use with the paddle and trackboard controller.

So how do you get your hands on this fancy piece of arcade kit? At one time you’d have needed to import it from Japan but now that it’s out in the UK you can pick up the regular edition, priced €199.99, from GamesRocket. Or if you want the Blue Edition, complete with extra pads (the basic unit is single-player) and more, it’s €439.99 from Strictly Limited.

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