In 1996, the EGRET II arcade cabinet was released and was a raving success. Roll on 26 years and the EGRET II mini can now be purchased. There is no doubt that this retro machine will have old-school gamers salivating. As such, owning one of these limited edition consoles will be tough.
So, why is this machine so popular? Well, everyone adores a great retro game, and this comes preloaded with some of the best. This console comes preloaded with 40 awesome arcade classics and has some excellent modern features. What’s more, there is an array of additional controllers, a rotating monitor, and HDMI output. Alongside this, there is an SD slot to add more games and integrated sound through stereo speakers.
Why buy it when you can emulate them for free?
Now, retro gaming isn’t new! As such, there are plenty of emulators and ROMs available. However, the EGRET II mini is a must for those that wish to impress. Not only does it perform perfectly, but it looks cool as hell as well. I mean, who doesn’t want a replica arcade cabinet in their gaming room or man/woman cave? Hell, I know I do.
This is the market that this console is aimed towards. Gamers who have some spare cash and a desire to have a conversation starter. Furthermore, it’s amazing to choose from an array of excellent titles, and whoop your mates like you are back in the 80s.
What titles come with the EGRET II mini?
Build quality isn’t in question, nor can I fault the array of peripherals on offer. However, my biggest concern if I were to invest, would be the inbuilt games. Therefore, let’s look at what’s on offer.
|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|
|Bubble Bobble 1986||Halley’s Comet 1986|
|Kiki Kaikai 1986||Scramble Formation (Tokio) 1986|
|Rastan Saga (Rastan) 1987||Kyukyoku Tiger (Twin Cobra) 1987|
|Rainbow Islands Extra 1988||The NewZealand Story 1988|
|Ramais 1988||TATSUJIN (Truxton) 1988|
|DonDokoDon 1989||Violence Fight 1989|
|Cadash 1989||Volfied 1989|
|Mizubaku Adventure (Liquid Kids) 1990||Gun Frontier (Gun & Frontier) 1990|
|Runark (Growl ) 1990||Hat Trick Hero (Football Champ) 1990|
|The Ninja Kids 1990||Metal Black 1991|
|RayForce (Gunlock) 1993||Kaiser Knuckle (Global Champion) 1994|
|Bubble Symphony (Bubble Bobble II) 1994||Elevator Action Returns (Elevator Action II) 1994|
|Darius Gaiden 1994||Dan-Ku-Ga 1994|
|Puzzle Bobble 2X (Bust-a-Move Again) 1995||Bubble Memories 1995|
And the additional 10 on the SD expansion card:
|Marine Date 1981||Strike Bowling 1982|
|Birdie King 1982||Arkanoid 1986|
|Plump Pop 1987||Arkanoid: Revenge of DoH 1987|
|Syvalion 1988||Cameltry 1989|
|Arkanoid Returns 1997||Puchi Carat 1997|
I think we can all agree that there is something for everyone. Consequently, the EGRET II mini will be a welcome distraction from modern gaming. I know we all love COD, Fifa, and Elden Ring, but these are time-consuming endeavours. Instead, burn up some time with these mindless but addictive titles.
- Measurements: 150mm (width) x 200mm (depth) x 209mm (height)
- Maximum Power Current: 1.65 A (Console only)
- Recommended Power Source: Above 5V/2.4A (12W)
- Included Titles: 40
- LCD Display: 5inch LCD display (Aspect ratio 4:3, resolution 1024×768)
- Ports: SD card slot, power inlet (USB Type-C), HDMI port (for TV usage), 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 controller ports (USB Type-A)
What’s in the box of the EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition?
- EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition
- USB Type-C charging cable & HDMI cable (2m)
- EGRET II mini – Paddle and Trackball Game Expansion Set
- Instruction panel and exchangeable mini instruction cards (Japanese)
- Taito 70th/ZUNATA 35th Anniversary Soundtrack (4 CDs)
- Taito Arcade Strategy Book for the 50 included titles
Three additional controllers.
This optional, special controller for the EGRET II mini uses the classic arcade control methods and includes 10 additional titles that take advantage of this feature on an SD card!
This optional, special controller for the EGRET II mini uses the same layout as the arcade itself, with 6 control buttons and a joystick that can be switched between 8 and 4-directions. Allows for 2 player battle or co-op.
This optional, special controller for the EGRET II mini uses a more home console-oriented layout, for those players who are more used to playing with modern console controllers. Allows for 2 player battle or co-op.
The EGRET II mini is currently available for pre-order in the exclusive Western colour scheme. Alongside this, 3 different controllers can be purchased separately for the authentic experience. If you love retro gaming, then look no further than this miniature old-school arcade console.
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