Sega has officially confirmed that they’ll be releasing their own mini-console, the ‘Sega Mega Drive Mini’, joining Sony and Nintendo on the retro mini-console bandwagon. The Sega Mega Drive Mini is, of course, a mini version of the Sega Mega Drive, or for those of you outside of Europe and Japan it’s a mini version of the Sega Genesis.
The iconic SEGA Genesis returns September 19, 2019, with our lovingly crafted SEGA Genesis Mini for $79.99!
Simply plug-in and play 40 of the console’s legendary titles, 10 of which we’re announcing today.
— SEGA (@SEGA) 30 March 2019
The console will come pre-loaded with 40 “legendary” games, but Sega has only revealed 10 of these so far. The games they have revealed are as follows:
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
The three standout games for me are Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania, and ToeJam & Earl; the amount of hours I poured into these games as a child is frightening. Although they are my favourite three there isn’t a single bad game on the list, so it’s looking great so far. The ports for these games have been completed by M2, which is the company that worked on the Sega 3D Classics Collection.
The console itself will come bundled with two controllers, a power cable, and an HDMI cable, and will set you back £69.99 ($79.99 US / €79.99 / AUD$139.95) so it’s a bit pricey. You can pre-order the console now on the official Sega website.
It’s hard to say if the Sega Mega Drive Mini will have the same success that the NES Classic did, the only reason I’m sceptical is because a lot of the Sega games have already been re-released on current-gen consoles and mobiles, plus Sega technically already has a mini console in the form of the Sega Genesis Flashback which was released in 2017. However, this wasn’t an official Sega product but was instead a mini console made by ‘AtGames’ with just a licence provided by Sega.
Since this is a Sega product we expect to see some games that weren’t on the Flashback such as Castlevania: Bloodlines, but we’ll wait until the full list of games has been revealed before we make any decisions on whether it’s worth getting this if you already own a flashback or any of the other Sega collection games already available on consoles.