SEGA has revealed its recreation of the Mega Drive, and confirmed it’s going to be out this September.
The Mega Drive Mini was first revealed in April last year, at which point Sega said it would be out in Japan before the end of 2018.
Sega The Megadrive Mini is a faithful recreation of the original, in miniature
The Mega Drive Mini and controller as they will actually look
Sega delayed the original version so they could bring production in-house — and now say it “delivers quality as only a 1st party product can.”
The console is going to have 40 games on it, come with two controllers, and be released worldwide on September 19th.
The console is a scale replica of the original Mega Drive, while the wired controllers are full-size reproductions.
So far the first ten games have been revealed:
Castlevania: The New Generation
Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Ecco The Dolphin
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Harrier II
ToeJam & Earl
Sega Ten of the forty games have been revealed so far, including Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog and Castlevania
Originally, the hardware itself was going to be made by AtGames, who make the Mega Drive Flashback.
That device is a full-size console which has games pre-installed and is capable of playing games from their original cartridges.
It was widely derided by fans for having low build quality, and not even looking that much like the original.
Sega fans were not impressed by the news the same firm was making the mini, with one asking: “How many retweets to break every contract you have with ATGames and hire a competent development house for the Mini Mega Drive?”
Others made it clear via social media that while they loved the idea of a Mega Drive Mini, they would not buy it unless it was actually manufactured by Sega itself.
Sega The announcement came alongside a Genesis Mini for the American market
AtGames/Sega The poor-quality controllers and less-than-faithful design decisions mean the Genesis Flashback is not highly thought of
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Sega heard fans loud and clear.
Despite the massive success of the NES Mini and SNES Mini from Nintendo’s Classic lines, Sega was “surprised” by the enthusiasm for the console from outside Japan, according to Gematsu.
“In order to Sega achieve a level of quality that Sega fans expect, Sega has established a system to rethink the design of the device with the original team at its core, as well as cooperate with Japanese developers proven in software development,” the firm said.
If you’re tempted by the Mega Drive mini, what games do you want to see revealed for it next?
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