Earlier this year, Taito showed off the Egret 2 Mini, a small, high-end arcade console that includes 40 retro games across a variety of genres. If you were captivated by this tiny, but mighty home console, you’ll be happy to hear that pre-orders for it are now live.
“Announced a month ago, the publishing labels ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games opened reservations of the EGRET II mini which comes with 40 iconic retro games of various genres and tons of awesome features; like a 5-inch 4:3 rotating screen for horizontal and vertical alignment, an adjustable joystick to switch from 8 directions to 4 directions and a lot more!
The Limited Blue Edition which features a unique color scheme including blue buttons and joystick, is the only officially licensed version directly available in the West. As this special version is limited to 5,000 units worldwide, many retro fans signed up for the waiting list to secure one slightly earlier.
Now pre-orders are open to everyone, even without a reservation, starting with the exclusive editions at Strictly Limited Games that feature awesome physical collectibles. The official pre-order start for the Limited Blue Edition Bundle and the three separate controllers by ININ Games via Gamesrocket will follow soon!”
There are a variety of options available for the Egret 2 Mini including the Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition, Game Center Blue Edition, and Limited Blue Edition Bundle.
The press release goes on to note that the Egret 2 Mini – Limited Blue Edition is planned to be released on May 27, 2022 “after being properly tested for safety in the European and American markets.”
Not only are pre-orders live, there are a few different purchasing options available to choose from at different price ranges, and with different accessories bundled in with the arcade cabinet.
EGRET II mini - Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition 369.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 319.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) Including the EGRET II mini - Limited Blue Edition, plus the Paddle and Trackball Game Expansion Set that comes with a controller and 10 additional games on SD card. Furthermore, this edition comes with a set of mini instruction cards, the TAITO/ZUNTATA anniversary soundtrack and a strategy book. EGRET II mini - Game Center Blue Edition 499.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 439.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) The most extensive edition 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. EGRET II mini - Limited Blue Edition Bundle 229.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 199.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) Including the EGRET II mini - Limited Blue Edition, a special cup & cup holder and a set of mini instruction cards. (This bundle does not include any of the three optional controllers.)
The press release notes that if you’re looking to get the console by itself and the three separate controllers for it, without collectibles like the Paddle and Trackball Game Expansion Set, ININ Games will “have you covered soon!”
As for what these three controllers are, they include the following:
EGRET II mini - Paddle and Trackball Game Expansion Set 139.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 119.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) Special controller that uses the classic arcade control methods and includes 10 additional games on SD card! EGRET II mini - Control Panel 99.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 89.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) Special EGRET II mini controller with 6 control buttons and an adjustable joystick to switch from 8 to 4 directions. Allows for 2 player battle or co-op. EGRET II mini - Control Pad 39.99$ (excl. shipping costs) / 34.99€ (incl. European VAT, excl. shipping costs) Uses a more home console-oriented layout and allows for 2 player battle or co-op.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering the Egret 2 Mini with or without accessories, you can do so over on
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