Retro is all the rage, and we’re not just talking about movies. Taking a cue from the popularity of the Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition, Sega is bringing back one of its early console success stories: the Sega Genesis.
The Genesis, also known outside North America as the Sega Mega Drive, was a 16-bit home video game console that debuted in japan in 1988, and domestically in 1989 (which received its own reissue in October of 2016). It was home to a number of early home gaming favorites, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, some outstanding sports games (EA’s NHL Hockey in particular) and later on, Mortal Kombat ("finish him!").
At a fan event this past weekend, Sega announced they’ll be revitalizing that platform with the upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini, due to drop later this year (no specific date just yet). All details about the new console come to us via Sega’s Japanese Twitter handle…
Where as the old console required cartridges, which you sometimes had to blow the dust out of to fire up, the new Mega Drive Mini is itself about the size of a couple of those games. It’s therefore expected to come with some of the classic games built in, with no need (or means) to buy additional games.
Details are scant at the moment, as to which games are included, how much it costs, and when exactly it will go on the market, but according to Business Insider, the Mega Drive Mini is likely to come hard wired with at least one controller, and it probably won’t connect to the internet.
Business Insider also notes that the console is expected to be built by third-party electronics manufacturer AtGames, a company the report notes has a sometimes shaky record with videogame hardware. They also note that AtGames’ Facebook page made some announcements about the new console, but those have since been taken down.
Here’s hoping there’s no issues with the console, and that folks will be able to enjoy all those classic games, mini-style, for years to come. What Sega Genesis games did you love most? Let us know in the comments!