Looking to fill that empty hole on your mini console shelf? Can’t get enough of Sonic 2? Haven’t played Comix Zone since the last time you threw down the controller? Sega has the solution: announcing the Mega Drive (Genesis) Mini, available September 19 in both the USA and Japan.
Though unveiled at Sega Fes 2018, the device was subsequently delayed and resurfaced at yesterday’s Sega Fes 2019. Measuring 154mm wide, 39mm high, and 116mm deep — around 55% of the original 1988 model – the console uses a USB Micro-B power source and HDMI input, allowing 480 and 720p video output. In lieu of the original Mega Drive controller with only A, B, and C buttons, the Mega Drive Mini will come with the Fighting Pad 6B present in the second model.
The console contains savestate features, allowing up to four saves for those who can’t get past a certain boss or players looking to savescum their way to perfect completion. Unlike AtGames’ Genesis Flashback, a console known for its shoddy production and lackluster ports, M2 Co. is in charge of software development and is company behind the Sega Ages series available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Switch e-Shop.
While the Japanese titles will undoubtedly differ from other localized consoles, Sega has confirmed the release of Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Shining Force, Space Harrier II, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Puyo Puyo 2, Madō Monogatari I, Power Ball, Rent-a-Hero, and more to come, expecting a total of 40 games.
Japanese pricing has been announced at 6,980 yen for a console with one controller (~$60) and 8,980 yen for two controllers (~$80). Interested in the other mini consoles? Check out our coverage of the SNES Classic and PlayStation Classic.
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