The return of SEGA’s legendary 16-bit console . In the middle of last year, Sega announced the return of its classic Mega Drive console , joining the successful NES Mini and Super Nintendo Mini that are achieving a good level of sales . Little by little new details have appeared about this Mega Drive Mini and here we are going to tell you everything we know about the new SEGA console.
After the warm reception that the presentation had in the USA and Europe, SEGA decided to modify the initial approach and this new Mega Drive Mini will not be based on the technology of the company AtGames as initially planned. This has led to its presentation being delayed, but in return SEGA has announced that several of the members of the original team of the Mega Drive itself will be responsible for the redesign .
Mega Drive Mini
Mega Drive is a console that goes beyond its mythical games. Not only are we in front of the console that saw ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ or ‘Streets of Rage’ grow , it is also one of the most beloved brands. An iconic product that marked epoch.
“This is a completely different version of the one unveiled by Haruki Satomi last year at Sega Fes,” explains Hiroyuki Miyazaki to IGN . It refers to the ATGames technology that was initially rumored to be used. For this new version, a similar design to the original Mega Drive Type 1 will be offered and it will have details such as the hole for cartridges will open and the volume slider will go up and down .
SEGA will offer different versions between those of the West and those of Japan. The Mega Drive Mini will offer two knobs with three buttons and a two meter cable, while in the Japanese version there will be an edition with a six-button control and another edition with two controls.
These controls will connect to the console through two USB ports that will be in the front. A different connection and therefore this Mega Drive Mini will not be compatible with the original controls .
What differences will there be with the original
In addition to the USB ports, this Mega Drive Mini includes a power cable and an HDMI output to connect to the TV.
The original Mega Drive had a mini jack connector to add headphones directly to the console, however this feature would not be included in the new one.
In addition to the connectors, another important change compared to the original is the size. The intention is to maintain the original ratio but this new Mega Drive Mini will be 55% smaller than the original . The width of the new console being approximately the same size as the original remote control.
What games will it offer?
The new mini consoles are an excellent opportunity to revisit mythical games. In the Mega Drive Mini, it has been confirmed during the celebration of the SEGA Fan Meet Up event in Japan that will feature 40 games .
As we read in Kotatu , the list of classic games will be different for the Japanese and European versions.
These are ten of the confirmed games that Mega Drive Mini will have for the European version:
‘Sonic The Hedgehog’
‘Ecco the Dolphin’
‘Space Harrier 2’
‘Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Machine ‘
‘Toe Jam & Earl’
Meanwhile, in the Japanese version it has been confirmed that ‘Puyo Puyo Tsu’, ‘Vampire Killer’, ‘Wrestleball’, ‘Rent a Hero’ and ‘Madou Monogatari’ will also appear.
SEGA has confirmed that all games will save the game at any time and will operate at 60Hz , a change from the original experience but that will offer a much more fluid result and according to the times. Additionally, games such as Castlevania: The New Generation will include the different versions released in the different markets.
For the interface of the Mega Drive Mini , SEGA has offered an advance where it can be seen that it will be in line with the aesthetics of the 90 of the game boxes.
The iconic Mega Drive Mini will be available in the West on September 19 . The date has been confirmed during the SEGA Fan Meet Up celebration and the price has also been revealed.
The SEGA “Genesis Mini”, as it has been calling for the moment, will arrive in September to stores around the world at the same price at a price of 6,890 yen for the version of a control and 8,980 yen for the two-control.
In pounds they will be 69.99 while their starting price in Europe will be 79.90 euros with the two controls. A lot of desire to try this new mini version of one of the most legendary retro consoles.