Taito Egret II mini arcade to be launched in europe for £166

Taito Egret II i an arcade cabinet from 1996, famous for it’s rotating display that was perfect for the vertical shooters of the day as well as conventional display modes, the swiss-knife of arcade machines!

And in 2022, publisher ININ is bringing the Taito Egret Mini II to the UK, originally only planned for a Japanese release. This was announced just before Christmas 2021 by ININ, and now we know the price: €199.99 (£166).

This is definitely one of the more expensive mini arcades to-date, but it does come with 40 arcade classics and also features the neat 4:3 ration rotating screen from the arcade original, the sensor appears to be a mechanial sensor to detect whether you are in standard or vertical mode, and the build quality looks very high quality too, which is what you would expect for the money.

The western release will feature blue buttons, in place of the magenta ones that came with the Japanese launch, and it will be limited to 5,000 units worldwide.

The blue edition bundle is the cheapest version, and it comes with a special cup and cup holder (in the spirit of the cup holders from old school arcades). A set of mini instructions cards and an extra controller for 2-player modes is also available from Games Rocket.

The Blue Edition includes the trackball and paddle upgrade Set and comes with a unique controller and 10 additional games. You also get the mini instruction cards, an anniversary soundtrack, and a strategy book. It costs €319.99 (£266) from Strictly Limited Games.

Last but not least, the Game Center Blue Edition has everything from the Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition, plus two extra mini controllers and more. It costs €439.99 (£366) and is available from Strictly Limited Games.

Pre-orders have already started and the extra controllers can also be bought separately, the mini carcades themselves are all identical in build, so it depends on affordability of which one you buy.

Source: Games Rocket
Source: Games Rocket
Source: Games Rocket

What games feature on the Taito Egret II Mini?

Here is a list of the 40 games available on the Taito Egret II Mini.

  • Space Invaders (1978)
  • Lunar Rescue (1979)
  • Steel Worker (1980)
  • Lupin The Third (1980)
  • Qix (1981)
  • Pirate Pete (1982)
  • Adventure Canoe (1982)
  • Elevator Action (1983)
  • Chack’n Pop (1983)
  • Outer Zone (1984)
  • The FairyLand Story (1985)
  • The Legend Of Kage (1985)
  • Halley’s Comet (1986)
  • Bubble Bobble (1986)
  • KiKi KaiKai (1986)
  • Scramble Formation (aka Tokio) (1986)
  • Rastan Saga (1987)
  • Kyukyoku Tiger (aka Twin Cobra) (1987)
  • Rainbow Islands Extra (1988)
  • Ramais (1988)
  • The NewZealand Story (1988)
  • Tatsujin (aka Truxton) (1988)
  • DonDokoDon (1989)
  • Violence Fight (1989)
    Cadash (1989)
  • Volfied (1989)
  • MizuBaku Adventure (aka Liquid Kids) (1990)
  • Gun Frontier (1990)*
  • Runark (aka Growl) (1990)*
  • Hat Trick Hero (aka Football Champ) (1990)
  • The Ninja Kids (1990)
  • Metal Black (1991)
  • RayForce (aka Gunlock) (1993)
  • Kaiser Knuckle (aka Global Champion) (1994)
  • Dairus Gaiden (1994)
  • Bubble Symphony (aka Bubble Bobble 2) (1994)
  • Elevator Action Return (1994)
  • Dan-Ku-Ga (1994)
  • Puzzle Bobble 2X (aka Bust-A-Move 2X) (1995)
  • Bubble Memories: The Story Of Bubble Bobble 3 (1995)

Take a look at the trailer below to see the cool features of the Taito Egret II Mini.

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