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The SEGA Genesis Mini Finally Launches Worldwide September 19

First revealed at last year’s SEGA Fes, SEGA had announced that they would be releasing a SEGA Mega Drive Mini (or Genesis Mini in North America) by the end of 2018, but the year has come and gone with little fanfare or details on their own retro plug-and-play console. It took another SEGA Fes for word to finally come on the delayed legacy system, as the company finally gave eager fans at Akihabara an inside look at the anticipated platform.

Packaged with 40 classic games, you’d best mark your calendars and start saving up, as the SEGA Genesis Mini will finally launch globally later this year on September 19.

This isn’t SEGA’s first crack at a throwback console, having released the SEGA Mega Drive Classic and Genesis Flashback HD
in partnership with AtGames. Those consoles were nigh universally panned, however, with critics citing poor emulation and shoddy hardware. While AtGames was initially meant to collaborate with SEGA again on the Genesis Mini, it appears that partnership has dissolved, with SEGA now working on the system internally alongside developer M2.

M2 is the same studio responsible for a lot of enhanced retro ports of classic games we see on modern platforms nowadays, such as the
SEGA 3D Classics for Nintendo 3DS and the SEGA Ages games for Nintendo Switch. As such, the Genesis Mini is already shaping up to stand on par with Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classics when it comes to quality. Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro is also working on the Mini, having composed the menu music for the system.

As for the games lineup, SEGA has announced that Japanese Mega Drive Mini will include the following among the confirmed 40 titles:

  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Madou Monogatari Ichi (Story of Sorcery 1)
  • Powerball
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • Rent-a-Hero
  • Shining Force
  • Space Harrier II
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Meanwhile, the North American Genesis Mini will include the following, among others:

  • Altered Beast
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Space Harrier II
  • ToeJam & Earl

As an added bonus? On top of save states, some games will come with regional variations that you can choose to play from. It’s certainly a nice touch to those who might appreciate some of the minute differences between certain localizations and outright changes between international versions of the same game.

The console will release in two variations in Japan. One edition will come with a single six-button Mega Drive Mini USB controller, with an MSRP of ¥6,980, while the second version comes with two controllers retailing at ¥8,980. This won’t be the case in North America, as the U.S. version will launch with two three-button Genesis-style controllers, totaling to $80.

Would you consider picking up a SEGA Genesis Mini later this year? What other games would you like to see packaged with the retro system? Personally, just give me
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles and I’m good, but share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments below!

Source: SEGA (JP, US)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch Retro

SEGA Announces “SEGA Ages” Lineup of Classic Games for Nintendo Switch

While Nintendo has yet to reveal a dedicated Virtual Console system for the Switch, its third party partnerships were certainly up to the task in revitalizing their retro games onto the hybrid platform. Hamster Corporation has consistently pushed ACA NEOGEO releases on the eShop since launch, and publishers such as Capcom, SNK, Atari, and Bandai Namco have all come forward with a bevy of collection titles for arcade classics and fan-favorite franchises.

Now, SEGA has announced that they’re finally getting in the action too, with a “SEGA Ages” initiative coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer. In stark contrast to the SEGA Genesis Classics collection coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next month, the company’s approach to SEGA Ages will be handled as individual releases with a finer touch by developer M2.

In recent times, the studio has been responsible for straightforward Virtual Console emulations of SEGA and Bandai Namco games for the Wii, as well as Game Gear titles for Nintendo 3DS. M2 then moved into putting more elbow grease towards developing native, enhanced ports of Genesis, Master System, and arcade software as SEGA 3D Classics remakes for the 3DS.

Starting this summer, fifteen such enhanced ports with extra features will roll out worldwide to the Nintendo Switch eShop, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, and Phantasy Star. Thunder Force IV on Switch is also playable for SEGA FES attendees at the Akihabara-held event this weekend.

Are you looking forward to picking up SEGA Ages-enhanced classics on the Switch eShop? Which other classics do you wish to see rebuilt from the ground up for the hybrid platform? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Source: SEGA (via Gematsu)

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