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Taito Announces The Egret II Mini With The Same Classic Screen Rotation Gimmick

There are few arcade gaming cabinets with quite the lineage as Taito’s Egret II released back in 1996. Pretty much the standard arcade cabinet in Japan, its legacy is a fascinating one, something that Taito is commemorating with a new mini console.

Much like the Neo Geo Mini and Astro City Mini, the Egret II Mini is a small standalone arcade cabinet that comes with controls and a built in screen. It’s the latter aspect that also retains the screen rotation setup from the original Egret II cabinet.

This is because classic arcade games in Japan often used either a horizontal or vertical screen setup. So if you wanted to switch out the arcade board from something like R-Type to Image Fight, the screen would need to be rotated.

In the case of most arcade cabinets, this tended to be an awkward and arduous process. However, Taito hugely simplified this with the Egret II cabinet by allowing the whole screen to easily rotate for games that needed the screen in different positions.

What’s interesting here is that in addition to 40 games available at launch, an additional 10 will be available via an SD Card slot on the Egret II Mini. This makes me think that adding other games via the SD Card slot won’t be all that difficult.

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That aside, there will be additional pads sold separately with trackball and other input options. Like the other mini arcade cabinets sold recently, you can also hook up the Egret II Mini to a bigger display via an HDMI output port at the back.

, Taito Announces The Egret II Mini With The Same Classic Screen Rotation Gimmick, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Priced at 18,678 yen (or around $171) it will be released in Japan on March 2 next year, but there is no word if this will come Westward as yet.

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