Followers of retro gaming rejoiced when Nintendo launched the NES Basic again in late 2016, adopted by the (infinitely extra accessible) SNES Basic one yr later. The mini consoles let gamers boot up legendary titles like The Legend of Zelda, Tremendous Mario Bros, and… Double Dragon II. OK, they weren’t all gems, however now the opposite facet of online game fandom is getting its probability to relive the glory days. There’s a mini model of the Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive for these of you residing exterior North America, on the way in which.

Introduced at a Sega fan occasion in Tokyo over the weekend, the Sega Genesis Mini is scheduled to return out first in Japan, adopted by a launch within the “U.S. and different territories later this yr,” in keeping with a now-deleted Fb submit by AtGames, which developed the poorly obtained Sega Genesis Flashback final yr.

Sega left the enterprise after the industrial failure of the Sega Dreamcast in early 2001, however the COO of the corporate just lately mentioned the corporate has an curiosity in getting again into  with the discharge of the Mega Drive Mini. Odds are Sega won’t ever totally dive again into that multi-billion greenback brawl, however after the rampant success of Nintendo’s two retro mini consoles, who can blame Sega for dipping its toes in with one other pre-packaged nostalgia machine?

AtGames is opting to let Sega reply questions after deleting its Fb submit, however it did indicate that the Mega Drive Mini may have a “rewind” function identical to the Flashback, giving gamers what is basically an undo button whereas taking part in a recreation. AtGames additionally said that Sonic the Hedgehog three wouldn’t be included because of music licensing points.

Oddly sufficient, AtGames additionally said that whereas the Japanese model of the Mega Drive Mini (pictured) wouldn’t have a cartridge slot, “different territories may have cartridge slots.”

Whereas zero video games have been introduced, one can actually hope that the built-in recreation checklist will embrace classics (Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage II) in addition to a few of the much less apparent gems. Earthworm Jims, that’s.

H/T Polygon

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