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Sega Is Coming To The Retro Mini Console Market And Bringing Classic Sega Games To Nintendo Switch

Sega Is Coming To The Retro Mini Console Market And Bringing Classic Sega Games To Nintendo Switch
From Uproxx - April 16, 2018

The last time Sega released new hardware was 2001 with the Sega Dreamcast, but after the successes of the NES Classic, the Famicom Mini, and the SNES Classic, Segas COO has said they want to get back into releasing hardware. Now Sega has announced (via a live Twitch presentation in Japan on Sunday) that theyre re-releasing their own miniature version of the Sega Genesis (known as the Mega Drive in Japan). Its tentatively titled the Mega Drive Mini and it is indeed tiny:

The 16-bit console will release in Japan first, to commemorate the original Mega Drives 30th anniversary, and the United States and other unspecified territories will be getting the console later this year, according to a since-deleted Facebook post from AtGames. You might recognize AtGames as the makers of last years Sega Genesis Flashback HD, which was panned in reviews. It sounds like the new version is an improvement upon that console, and AtGames revealed quite a bit about the new version before deleting their Facebook post.

The Mega Drive Mini (or Sega Genesis Mini, as itll more likely be named in the U.S.) will include a rewind feature, and all versions except the one released in Japan are said to include a cartridge slot. AtGames wouldnt reveal which games are included, but they did confirm one game that wont be on the new console. They say Sonic the Hedgehog 3 cant be included due to licensing issues with the music. We suggest just replacing the Sonic 3 music with Smash Mouth instead.

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