For the 30th anniversary the Sega Mega Drive Mini was revealed
Exciting news for retro gamers and fans of Sega alike, as today in Japan at the Sega fan festival for the 30th anniversary of the Mega Drive console now the Sega Mega Drive Mini was announced. Just like the Nintendo mini consoles, NES mini and SNES mini, we can expect a small collection of Sega games from the 16-bit console running on an emulated system and fitting to common TVs with HD output and such. I hope we will have proper controllers with some good cable length, if not wireless ones. But for now, there’s not much else known about the Sega Mega Drive Mini.
the new direction for Sega?
Apparently this move comes directly after the COO, the chief operating officer, has talked about how Sega is getting interested into getting back into the hardware business side of gaming. The last console Sega has produced was the Sega Dreamcast 20 years ago. Both the Sega Dreamcast and the Sega Mega Drive (or as it was called in Japan, the Sega Genesis) are also displayed at the same Sega fan festival, as you can see here: http://segafes.sega.jp/event/index.html
A proper Sega Mega Drive Mini release
Apparently the new Sega Mega Drive Mini has nothing to do with the AtGames Sega Mega Drive Flashback console. In this picture provided by the official Sega Twitter, it looks way more different. Outlets like Kotaku were not liking the Sega Mega Drive rerelease by AtGames as you can read here: https://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/06/dont-buy-that-classic-sega-mega-drive-just-yet/ As Polygon points out (linked here), the console is “[…] smaller than the Flashback console, missing a full-sized cartridge post and adding the console’s original volume slider.” So there’s hope that this new mini version is the real deal.
Sega will also bring classics to the Nintendo Switch
Also announced at the Sega Fan Fest was the “Sega Ages” collection. This collection are 15 games that will be brought to the Nintendo Switch. The first few titles are already revealed:
- “Sonic the Hedgehog”
- “Thunder Force 4”
- “Phantasy Star”
These games are planned to arrive on the Nintendo Switch this summer.
Currently we are planning a feature on the Wonder Boy series and it’s most recent remaster “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” from 2017 in our new format Remaster Weeks (WIP title). See our trailer for that show right here: