Sega has announced that it will release the Mega Drive Mini, a miniature version of Genesis Mini sometime in 2018. As is Sega is getting in on the miniature console trend, also explained that it would be bringing a number of classic games to the Nintendo Switch this summer.
The announcement follows in Nintendo’s successfully-placed footprints by introducing a modern miniature version of one of Sega’s highly successful consoles. To celebrate three decades since the Mega Drive – or Genesis as some people may know it as – was introduced, the company has unveiled a portable version of the hardware.
The company behind it also tipped that at least 15 classic Sega games will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall. And the tentatively-named Mega Drive Mini is being released in conjunction with the console’s 30th anniversary, and it will carry a number of classic games.
As it seems that Nintendo has paved the way for a wave of miniature classic comebacks. No one is expecting miniature versions of legacy consoles to actually go head-to-head with modern consoles like PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, but again, that at most offer a whimsical view of the past and give gamers an opportunity to relive some of the best classic games of yesteryear.
The device Sega introduced looks like it’s following in the same vein as Nintendo’s widely popular NES Classic and SNES Classic devices, which otherwise, allowed gamers to play a variety of pre-loaded games, before eventually finding huge success with Switch. Now, Sega wants a slice of that action via its new Sega Mega Drive Mini, can only assume will give gamers, both old and new, access to some of the most iconic Mega Drive titles.
As part of a larger Sega event in Japan, the company made the announcement of the new Mega Drive Mini, meaning that full and exact details of the hardware are still unknown at this stage. But it seems that Sega is intending on releasing the Mega Drive Mini into the global community, thus also appealing for suggestions on which classic Mega Drive games should be pre-loaded onto the console.
Rather, having to buy revamped gaming cartridges to fit the redesigned and miniaturized console, which seems that Sega will walk the same patch as Nintendo by pre-loading a fairly chunky selection of titles onto the hardware so it’s all primed and ready for action as soon as it is removed from the box.
The company has dabbled with retro hardware before: it has licensed its name to hardware company AtGames (done retro Atari consoles) to produce Genesis clones, including the Sega Genesis Flashback. On Facebook, AtGames revealed that the imminent Mega Drive Mini will be powered by its hardware. Additional details such as price and territories where this hardware will be released into it are currently not available.
Notably, it seems that the “Mega Drive Mini” naming convention is tentative at the moment, meaning it’s likely that when it does go to market it will be branded as something else.
If Sega’s Mega Drive played a big role in your childhood and you want to actually watch the announcement, then you can view all of that event over on YouTube. Be warned, you’ll need to speak and understand Japanese in order to get the most out of the video.
Last but not least, Sega also recently licensed out a selection of its classic games for iOS and Android platforms. Switch owners will now be able to play as well. Sega also announced that at least fifteen games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Thunder Force 4, will be released later this summer.
(Source: @SEGA_OFFICIAL [Twitter])
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