Hold on to your Pogs! late 80s tech is making a come back with SEGA gearing up its Mega Drive Mini console. Back before the days of PlayStation and Xbox, you either owned a SNES or Mega Drive (Genesis is the US). With Nintendo’s NES and SNES minis launching to great success, it makes sense that SEGA would eventually follow suit.
The Mega Drive Mini is plug-and-play and comes with two wired controllers and 40 classic games built-in. So far SEGA has only revealed a handful of the titles including Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, Castlevania: Bloodlines, ToeJam & Earl and Gunstar Heroes. Add some more Sonic games, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe, and I’ll be a happy man.
Sega’s Mega Drive Mini is expected to launch in Australia September 19 at $139.95.
Nintendo’s SNES Classic included the unreleased Star Fox 2 so let’s hope SEGA includes something rare of unreleased to entice potential buyers beyond the nostalgia factor.
And no, this is not the first time that the classic console has returned in miniature form with the Mega Drive Flashback launching about 18 months ago to negative reviews. This time round SEGA is developing the console in-house to make sure it’s done right.
At $139.95, the Mega Drive Mini is more expensive than Nintendo’s mini-consoles and the now heavily reduced PlayStation Classic. Still, I’m a Sega fanboy from way back, so I will gladly add this beauty to my gaming collection.