Sega goes retro once more because it unveiled its old-is-new-again Mega Drive Mini 2.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 was revealed (opens in new tab) in a reasonably weird dwell stream on Sega’s Japanese YouTube channel. Unusual introductions apart, the brand new mini console relies on the Mega Drive Mannequin 2 which got here out again in 1994.
The Mannequin 2 was distinctive in that it supported the Mega-CD add-on (higher often known as the Sega CD in North America) giving players entry to a brand new set of video games. Mirroring the previous, the Mega Drive Mini 2 may have Sega CD video games on it.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 will launch in Japan on October 27. Given the recognition and critical acclaim the first mini console garnered (opens in new tab), it wouldn’t be unreasonable to anticipate a global launch just like the Genesis Mini 2. The mini-console may have a beginning value of 9,980 yen which is round $75.
On the floor, the Mega Drive Mini 2 seems to supply a cartridge slot with working flaps, but when it’s something like the primary Mega Drive Mini, that’s purely ornamental. There are additionally energy and reset buttons, that are additionally discovered on the outdated mini mannequin and work as anticipated right here.
Included with the Mini 2 are one controller, an HDMI, and a USB cable. If the outdated mini console is something to go by, the HDMI cable is to hook up with TVs and the USB is for energy.
There may even be an equipment package to embellish the Mini 2, together with a Mega-CD add-on. No video games are included within the package; reasonably it’s all ornamental items for gamers to copy the outdated console they as soon as had. The Mega Mini Drive 2 homes all of the video games inside it. The accent package has a 4,500 yen price ticket (like $35) and features a toy cartridge plus a mount.
Contained in the Mini 2 are 50 video games that can span the Mega Drive and Mega-CD libraries. Solely 10 video games have been revealed at the moment, which you can view on Sega’s website (opens in new tab). Their names are in Japanese, however some are in English. Confirmed video games embody Popful Mail, Sonic CD, Virtua Racer, Bonanza Brothers, and Shining Drive CD.
Evaluation: Future mini consoles
It is a fairly cool console for retro gaming followers and leads us to surprise what’s subsequent. The Sega Mega Drive additionally had the 32X add-on which expanded the console’s library; nonetheless, it was thought of a complete flop. It’s uncertain Sega would launch these titles or spend time on making a mini-32X.
However there could also be a Dreamcast mini. In response to Video Games Chronicle (opens in new tab), a Sega producer expressed curiosity in releasing a smaller Dreamcast console in the identical vein as Mega Drive Mini. The console definitely has the library.
If you happen to’re considering entering into retro gaming and shopping for some outdated consoles, we recommend getting a proper CRT TV (opens in new tab).