This week SEGA announced the follow-up to the Mega Drive (Genesis) Mini. However, rather than moving on to the SEGA Saturn, Sonic’s company is returning to the fourth generation with the release of the Mega Drive Mini 2!
Set to release in Japan on October 27th (US and European dates pending), the Mega Drive Mini 2 will include games from the original console, the SEGA CD, and possibly the 32X. GameSpot‘s translation of the video clued us into which titles were confirmed so far and the likely price point.
The MD2 Mini will go for 9,980 yen. The conversion as of today would equate to $76.21. So, expect a $75 or $80 price tag if/when this device comes to the States. As far as games, there will be 50 overall, with the following titles confirmed based on the announcement video:
- Bonanza Bros.
- Fantasy Zone
- Magical Taruruuto-kun
- Shining in the Darkness
- Thunder Force IV
- Virtua Racing
- Mansion of Hidden Souls (SEGA CD)
- Popful Mail (SEGA CD)
- Shining Force CD (SEGA CD)
- Silpheed (SEGA CD)
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (SEGA CD)
Not only was the MD2 Mini announced, but also several add-on (non-functioning) accessories like the SEGA CD 2 with an expander base so it can fit both the MD2 and the original Mega Drive Mini. Not only that, but a 32X attachment is also coming. Odds are these little extras won’t come to the US, but it’s a fun way to replicate your setup in the ’90s.
I didn’t get a Genesis until the second version of the console was released. During the same period, the SEGA CD was also revamped to fit the console’s new look, and it made for a much sleeker look overall.
The Genesis Mini, which launched a few years ago, was entirely serviceable as a micro-console. It had a lot of classic titles and was easily modded to include more. The little retro machine was far superior to Sony’s PSOne thing the company splattered onto the market. Phew.
What do you think of the lineup of games that will probably come to the State-side sometime in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: SEGA of Japan’s YouTube Channel] [Source: Gamespot]