Just in, SEGA has official (re)announced the Mega Drive Mini, along with a short list of a few games that will be included. The SEGA Mega Drive Mini (known as the Genesis Mini in America) was originally planned to be released by ATGames – who have held a notorious record of releasing official SEGA products fast to market with very poor results. The emulation, audio and visuals on previous ATGames consoles have been very poor (and in some cases, unbearable to listen to or play.) About a year ago, SEGA cut ties with ATGames and announced that the ‘Mega Drive Mini Project’ would be handled by them, personally. Now, don’t get this console confused with the previous Mega Drive Model that I discussed, this product is a fully functioning Mega Drive Classic type system, which will feature 40, yes you heard me right, 40 built in Classic SEGA games to play instantly though HDMI.
The current list of games include SEGA Classics such as Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Space Harrier II, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (A re-skin of the original Puyo Puyo), ToeJam & Earl, Comix Zone, Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast and Gunstar Heroes – but as mentioned previously, that’s only one fourth of the library that will eventually be available on the SEGA Mega Drive Mini at launch. The SEGA Mega Drive Mini currently doesn’t have an official Australian price, but based off the US and UK prices, it should range around $120 AUD or so (or $3 per classic SEGA game) – but that’s only a guess. With such a great line up already, and so many more to be revealed, it’s hard to see this one go wrong, especially with the incredible back catalogue of classic SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games. The SEGA Mega Drive Mini is set to release on September 19th, 2019. You can find out more on the official SEGA Mini website or through SEGA’s social media.