EGRET II mini-review: an authentic remake filled with nostalgia – Eugene Sowa

Legendary gaming giants Taito are joining the mini-console trend with the EGRET II remake.

EGRET II mini

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Video game preservation is an important part of the industry, and more and more companies are looking for ways to share their archive of retro games with a new generation of gamers.

One of the most popular forms of this is video game emulation, and companies have invested a lot of resources to allow players to access their back catalog in one form or another.

Most gaming systems will have a paid subscription such as a virtual console, but more recently companies have created mini consoles.

Over the past few years, there have been so many fans who have received pint-sized versions of classic Sega, Nintendo, and Sony consoles.

Legendary gaming giants Taito are among these companies and are ready to revive their classic games in the EGRET II mini.







Taito’s EGRET II mini is the latest mini-console
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Taito’s original EGRET II was first introduced in 1996 and became an instant slot hit. EGRET II mini is an authentic remake that captures all the nostalgia and features of the original.

Video game fans will really enjoy the great attention to detail, especially if you happen to play the original game.

It is slightly larger than most mini consoles but is very light which means it can be easily transported when needed. The EGRET II mini features the bold color scheme of the original and branding throughout the console.

But where the EGRET II mini really excels is that it has its own screen and built-in speakers.

It’s obviously a replica of an arcade so it wouldn’t be authentic if the screen wasn’t included, however I feel like other mini consoles might also have a mini screen so they can be played on the go.

The 5-inch 4:3 screen offers a resolution of 1024×768, which is a beautiful thing that really showcases the vibrant color schemes of each of the retro games.







It comes with a rotating screen
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The screen of the EGRET II mini can also rotate the view in vertical perspective, a fantastic feature that will provide players with an authentic experience of games that have been designed this way.

comes with nine buttons and a joystick. The main six buttons are for games, but not all games.

The other three are for inserting coins, selecting players, and bringing up the menu on the screen. The joystick has a large round top and feels very sturdy to use.

A great additional feature is that players can change the position of the joystick from four directions to eight directions at any time.

Each game will offer the best configuration for the game, but players can choose any.

I do think the controls work very well and are responsive, but they are small and can be difficult for players to use, especially in fighting games.







It has nine buttons for gameplay.
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But players will be able to purchase additional controllers that will also allow co-op play.

The built-in stereo speakers won’t replace your TV’s speakers, but they’re nice to the touch and provide excellent sound quality.

The console has additional features that provide an additional gaming experience. It features a 720p HDMI port so players can enjoy those games on their TV, as well as two USB ports for additional controllers.

The console features forty classic games from the Taito vault, many of which are making their first appearance outside of Japan.

In addition to this, an additional ten games can be purchased in separate bundles with additional controllers.

As a fan of retro fighting games, I was very pleased to get my hands on the Kaiser Knuckle and the discontinued Dan-Ku-Ga.

The Egret II Mini also has some great quality of life features giving players the ability to save states and have adjustable lives.







EGRET II mini has many additional gaming options.
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It has a few issues that are not critical, but are a bit disappointing because they seem like really simple design flaws.

Egret II Mini does not allow players to change features such as sound, screen brightness, or any other filters in any game.

This means players will have to exit the game they are playing and change features. But with save states, you can pick up where you left off.

Some games are only available in Japanese, with no option to switch to English or other languages.

These games are very old, so I don’t expect full translations for them, but given that the Egret II Mini is sold outside of Japan, additional languages ​​could be considered.

Verdict 4/5

EGRET II mini is perhaps one of the most authentic mini consoles on the market.

Its stellar design and expansive catalog are just bursting with nostalgia that will delight all gamers.

There are a few issues that were frustrating but not at all a hindrance, and this is definitely worth adding to your mini console collection.

EGRET II mini is available now for £282.52.

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