Sega held their annual festival called “SEGA FES.” At SEGA FES 2019, Sega announced their new “plug-and-play” mini console: Sega Genesis Mini. Released in 1988, Sega Mega Drive was released outside of U.S. A year later, Sega Genesis was released to the U.S. market. With over 30 Million Genesis units sold, Sega was on the top of the world, and dominated the industry for 2 years before Super Nintendo arrived. Once Super NES was released, it begun a rivalry for the ages.
It’s hard to fathom anyone wanting to buy a “plug-and-play” console, but it is a growing niche as of late. Over the last 5-10 years, we’ve seen consoles get knockoffs. Ever since, the nostalgia market started to grow. Nintendo jumped into this market with their own plug-and-play. They’ve been doing it for a while, they released Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic, and Super NES Classic. Sony followed suit with their own PlayStation Classic.
AtGames released “licensed” Genesis mini consoles on their own, but many players, many customers complained about the quality of AtGames’ efforts. However, Sega was still going to do the relationship, until the last minute. Sega delayed the Genesis Mini, and here we are: Sega Genesis Mini will release worldwide on September 19, 2019. In the U.S., you’re getting only one SKU: Genesis Mini with 2 controllers. And these controllers are the regular 3-button controllers that originally shipped with Genesis. In Europe, and other locations like Japan, you’re getting two versions: One controller, and the other is Two controllers. All regions are getting 40 Genesis games. Only 10 has been revealed thus far…
Most of the trailer is in Japanese, but rest assured, you can recognize some of the games listed…
So far, the games are:
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Toe Jam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
The developer behind the code will be M2, the same folks who worked on Sega Ages and other Sega releases on consoles such as Nintendo Switch. We’ll know more as Sega releases the information down the line.