Sega Astro City Mini Review

ReleaseDecember 17, 2020
PlatformPC / Astro City Mini
Size16.1” x 11.7” x 6.6”
Cable1.8 m
Weight7.98 lbs

Quick Facts

  • The Astro City Mini Arcade Stick was designed for the Astro City Mini arcade cabinet.
  • There is HDMI support.


The joystick and buttons are Sanwa, and their performance is generally good as a result. The joystick can be moved at sharp angles with no problems, and there is no significant noise. Unfortunately, there is not enough wrist space. Your wrists could awkwardly hang off the end. The joystick and buttons could have been scooted over a little bit. Fortunately, the weight makes the arcade stick very stable on one’s lap or a table. However, the material on the bottom may easily get cold and make your lap cold as a result.


Aside from the start and select (credit) buttons, there are only six buttons. Be warned that the parts excluding the joystick and buttons may lack durability, a problem that the real Astro City may also suffer from. Furthermore, the combination of screws  and how they were used to assemble this arcade stick may make repairs and mods a nightmare. However, if you end up with a unit that has a loose top panel, tightening the relevant screws should be fairly easy. Finally, the cable could have been longer to be more state-of-the-art.


Although the artwork looks authentic, it is possible that the same material from the arcade cabinet was not used. The credit button brings back the nostalgia of arcades, although there is no denial that arcade culture is at least somewhat alive today.


In this early stage, the Amazon price is through the roof. Not even the best fightstick on the market is truly worth such a price unless it packs phenomenal perks. This is a good fightstick, not more. Furthermore, its compatibility is limited, which makes the price even more questionable. It would have been nice to at least be able to plug this fightstick into the Sega Genesis Mini like a Sega Genesis Mini controller can allegedly be plugged into the Astro City Mini. Check out the price on Playasia instead. Otherwise, a good example of a fightstick that will work on the Sega Genesis Mini is the Etokki Omni.


ProsGood joystick
Good buttons
Decent weight
Representative artwork
Arcade feel
ConsInsufficient wrist space
Potentially cold bottom
Only six buttons
Hard to mod
Shorter cable length