ININ Games Opens Preorders For The 40 Game Strong Taito EGRET II Mini Arcade
There’s a growing trend of arcade cabinets being minuturised for use in the home, and today prolific arcade aficionados, ININ Games, have opened up preorders for their Taito EGRET II Mini console. Rather than focusing on one specific game, it comes preloaded with forty titles, including big hitters like Bubble Bobble and Space Invaders. Let’s take a look at the console.
Limited to 5000 units worldwide, and starting from €199.99 this unit has all the arcade buttons you’d expect, with a few modern touches like HDMI Out, and room for extra controllers for multiplayer action. The screen itself can be rotated for TATE supported goodness too. Here’s the low down on the three editions.
EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition Bundle (available from https://gamesrocket.com/): This edition will include the EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition, a special cup & cup holder and a set of mini instruction cards for the true retro arcade feeling. This bundle does not include any of the three optional controllers, which can be purchased separately.
EGRET II mini – Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition (available from https://www.strictlylimitedgames.com/): This very special package will include the EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition, plus the Paddle and Trackball Expansion Set that comes with a controller and 10 additional games on SD card. On top of that, retro fans get a set of mini instruction cards, a special TAITO/ZUNTATA anniversary soundtrack and a strategy book.
EGRET II mini – Game Center Blue Edition (available from https://www.strictlylimitedgames.com/): The most extensive edition that includes all the content of the Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition plus the other two available optional EGRET II mini controllers and even more awesome physical collectibles.ININ Games PR
The Game Center Blue Edition includes extra controllers such as the slick looking trackball pad, and an SD card for 10 extra games, which hopefully gives scope for Taito to expand on in the future.
The list of games dates back to the late 1970s and covers three decades of arcade loveliness:
Space Invaders 1978 Vertical
• Lunar Rescue 1979 Vertical
• Steel Worker 1980 Horizontal
• Lupin the Third 1980 Vertical
• QIX 1981 Vertical
• Pirate Pete 1982 Horizontal
• Adventure Canoe 1982 Vertical
• Elevator Action 1983 Horizontal
• Chack’n Pop 1983 Horizontal
• Outer Zone 1984 Horizontal
• The FairyLand Story 1985 Horizontal
• The Legend of Kage 1985 Horizontal
• Bubble Bobble 1986 Horizontal
• Halley’s Comet 1986 Vertical
• Kiki Kaikai 1986 Vertical
• Scramble Formation (Tokio) 1986 Vertical
• Rastan Saga (Rastan) 1987 Horizontal
• Kyukyoku Tiger (Twin Cobra) 1987 Vertical
• Rainbow Islands Extra 1988 Horizontal
• The NewZealand Story 1988 Horizontal
• Ramais 1988 Horizontal
• TATSUJIN (Truxton) 1988 Vertical
• DonDokoDon 1989 Horizontal
• Violence Fight 1989 Horizontal
• Cadash 1989 Horizontal
• Volfied 1989 Vertical
• Mizubaku Adventure (Liquid Kids) 1990 Horizontal
• Gun Frontier (Gun & Frontier) 1990 Vertical
• Runark (Growl ) 1990 Horizontal
• Hat Trick Hero (Football Champ) 1990 Horizontal
• The Ninja Kids 1990 Horizontal
• Metal Black 1991 Horizontal
• RayForce (Gunlock) 1993 Vertical
• Kaiser Knuckle (Global Champion) 1994 Horizontal
• Bubble Symphony (Bubble Bobble II) 1994 Horizontal
• Elevator Action Returns (Elevator Action II) 1994 Horizontal
• Darius Gaiden 1994 Horizontal
• Dan-Ku-Ga 1994 Horizontal
• Puzzle Bobble 2 (Bust-a-Move Again) 1995 Horizontal
• Bubble Memories 1995 Horizontal
Something like this might cost a pretty penny but the sheer amount of quality games and the look of the unit, is definitely one to be considered. Pre orders are open now with the unit expected to be released later in the year.