Sega have announced that their Mega Drive Mini (marketed as the Sega Genesis Mini in the US) will be launching worldwide on September 19th, 2019.
The announcement was made at the company’s Sega Fes 2019 – an annual fan event held in Tokyo. The Mega Drive Mini will have 40 games built-in to the box upon release, only 10 of which have been revealed. The titles confirmed for the Mega Drive Mini include: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Puyo Puyo 2, Shining Force, Castlevania Bloodlines, Powerball, Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Rent-A-Hero, Space Harrier II, and Madou Monogatari Ichi.
Be warned though, some of these games were originally Japan-only releases, so it stands to reason that the western edition of the Mega Drive Mini’s line-up will differ as well. Sega’s official Mega Drive Mini webpage has listed the 10 confirmed titles for the European Mega Drive Mini as: Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania Bloodlines, Space Harrier II, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, ToeJam & Earl, Comix Zone, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and Gunstar Heroes.
Sega first announced the Mega Drive Mini at last year’s Sega Fes, and it was originally slated for a 2018 release. However development issues with AtGames led Sega to delay this to 2019 and shift development in-house. AtGames was the company responsible for the US exclusive Genesis Flashback HD, a licenced third-party console that released back in 2017 to lukewarm reviews.
The Sega Mega Drive Mini’s design is based on the casing of the original Model 1 Mega Drive that launched in October 1988 in Japan. The Mini may only be roughly 55 per cent of the original Mega Drive’s size, but it will come with two full-size game pads, a power cable, a HDMI cable, and an adapter.
The Sega Mega Drive Mini is set to retail at £69.99 in the UK and €79.99 elsewhere in Europe. Pre-orders are available from Amazon through the official Mega Drive Mini webpage.