Agreed that it looks very impressive, and I was even more pleased to see they have a working hardware prototype to show the screen switching in action, which has me hopeful they’ll deliver something robust by the time it launches next March. My wish on the hardware side is that they put a motion sensor in the rotating screen so it automatically switches to Tate mode and back in software.
On the software side they have to get the image quality right. The Astro City’s very poor image quality (lack of integer scaling and interpolation when unfiltered, along with some of the worst fake scanlines I’ve ever seen) was bad enough that I ended up selling mine despite the hardware being excellent.
Taito released over 100 of their 300+ arcade classics via the four PS2 Taito Memories collections, but the lack of a paddle/trackball controller really held back games like Puchi Carat and Cameltry, so I hope they plan on releasing many titles that take full advantage of the supported controllers here.
btw - does anyone know why Amazon Japan is asking for an absurd 21,000 yen for shipping to Europe? They only wanted 2000 yen for the Astro City Mini I bought. Is it because they don’t know what the weight will be?