The final time Sega launched new was 2001 with the Sega Dreamcast, however after the successes of the NES Basic, the Famicom Mini, and the SNES Basic, Sega’s COO has mentioned they wish to get again into releasing . Now Sega has introduced (through a reside Twitch presentation in Japan on Sunday) that they’re re-releasing their very own miniature model of the Sega Genesis (often called the Mega Drive in Japan). It’s tentatively titled the Mega Drive Mini and it’s certainly tiny:

The 16-bit console will launch in Japan first, to commemorate the unique Mega Drive’s 30th anniversary, and america and different unspecified territories shall be getting the console later this 12 months, in accordance with a since-deleted Fb put up from AtGames. You may acknowledge AtGames because the makers of final 12 months’s Sega Genesis Flashback HD, which was panned in critiques. It seems like the brand new model is an enchancment upon that console, and AtGames revealed fairly a bit concerning the new model earlier than deleting their Fb put up.

The Mega Drive Mini (or Sega Genesis Mini, because it’ll extra possible be named within the U.S.) will embody a rewind function, and all variations besides the one launched in Japan are mentioned to incorporate a cartridge slot. AtGames wouldn’t reveal which video games are included, however they did affirm one recreation that gained’t be on the brand new console. They are saying Sonic the Hedgehog three can’t be included as a result of licensing points with the music. We propose simply changing the Sonic three music with Smash Mouth as an alternative.

Sega additionally introduced they’re going to launch 15 basic Sega video games for the Nintendo Change. They’ll be accessible this summer time within the Nintendo Change eShop solely in Japan at first. There’s no phrase on when (or if) the video games shall be accessible exterior Japan. Solely three of the fifteen video games have been confirmed to date: Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Drive four, and Phantasy Star. Taking part in Sonic the Hedgehog on a Nintendo product? That’s surreal.

(By way of Polygon and Nintendo Life)

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