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The Sega Mega Drive is making a comeback – sort of

As Sony and Microsoft push further and further towards visual perfection, 2016 has also unearthed a yearning for the days when video games had a few less pixels.

The Mini NES Classic arrives this month, soon to be followed by a like-minded, officially licensed Mini Sega Mega Drive (also known as the Genesis in the US).

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Well, in Brazil they’re taking things a step further by putting the full-size 16-bit console back into production, with no modern frills like USB controllers or HDMI cables.

Megadrive

According to reports, the console still sells about 150,000 units per year in the Latin American nation, more than 20 years after passing its heyday everywhere else.

That’s down to an alternate reality where Sega defeated Nintendo in the 90s console wars and Sonic was not reduced to Mario’s little errand boy in cross-platform titles.

Now a company called Tec Toy has acquired the rights from Sega to manufacturer the Mega Drive again.

Unlike the Mini NES this will be compatible with old consoles as well as the 22 games built into the an internal memory card.

The console will ship with one of the classic 3-button controllers for around $138 (£111).

However, the modernization of the console does not stretch to providing a HDMI out. Instead it’ll come with the classic A/V cables.

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