Sega Mega Drive Mini: Everything we know about the upcoming mini console

The Sega Mega Drive Mini is now available for pre-order ahead of a release in September this year. Sega is pricing the console, which comes with two three-button wired control pads, at £69.99/$79.99, with the release date marked as September 19.

Sega has announced the 16-bit console will arrive with 40 built-in games. While the line-up of bundled titles isn’t complete, there are a number of classics to get excited about. Ten games have been revealed thus far, including the original Sonic The Hedgehog and Echo The Dolphin. The announced line-up is as follows, with Sony promising more are coming soon:

  • Echo The Dolphin
  • Castlevania: The New Generation
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Toejam and Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Altered Beach
  • Gunstar Heroes

Interestingly, the console will follow the design of the original Mega Drive console, rather than the Mega Drive II. That means the built-in volume slider remains in play. The controllers are also USB-based, rather than the old proprietary Mega Drive ports. There’s also an opening for cartridges, but it appears the doors are far too narrow to accept old Mega Drive cartridges.

The retro-redo, which will be known by its original Genesis name in the US, was announced late last year, but we’d heard little about the console of late. Reports have also suggested the console will also be available in Japan with a different games line up.

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The launch will come following mixed success for other such projects. Although limited, the Nintendo NES and SNES Mini consoles have been hugely popular, while the PlayStation Classic was a gigantic flop, judging by the deep price cuts following last year’s launch. As with other attempts, Sega’s success is likely to depend on the quality of the games line-up and emulation.

While this console is officially licensed, purists may seek the Analogue Mega SG, which is compatible with 16-bit cartridges and even comes with an adapter for Master System games. It’s available for pre-order, but, at $190, is more than double the price of the licensed console.

You can pre-order the Sega Mega Drive Mini for £69.99 from Amazon UK.

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