Have you heard about the major game publisher who made a console in the 90s and now wants to release a miniature version of it? Probably several times…including from the company we’re discussing tonight. What makes this attempt different?
Sega announced the Genesis Mini (or the Mega Drive Mini everywhere but America) today at Sega Fes 2019, the fan event it holds in Tokyo every year. The deja vu you feel isn’t from out of nowhere; Sega previously announced a Genesis Mini last year and then took the announcement back, reportedly due to quality concerns.
This is no surprise as the original deal was made with AtGames, the publishers of the shoddy Genesis Flashback miniconsole that’s plagued cheap gift aisles for way too long now. The Genesis Flashback has lousy ROM emulation, lousy controllers, and boasts a lineup of “80 games” — half of which are thrown-together demos that weren’t part of the original Genesis lineup.
As Sony proved last December, the gamer audience can smell when they’re being duped. Sega has wisely terminated their deal with AtGames and is developing the Genesis Mini in-house. Plus, they’re turning to emulation experts M2 to get the ROMs running properly. Something could still go wrong, but M2 is for the most part reliable with their work. We’re optimistic.
As for specifics, all we know right now are the Japanese Mega drive details. Two versions of it will be sold: with one controller for $60, or with two controllers for $80. It will be preloaded with forty games, more than any other “Mini” manufacturer. One-fourth of the Japanese lineup was revealed: Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo 2, Shining Force, Castlevania Bloodlines, Powerball, Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Rent-a-Hero, Space Harrier II, and Madou Monogatari Ichi.
It would be great if some of those titles (Bloodlines and Gunstar Heroes specifically) made the final cut in the Western version. We’ll see what happens. The Genesis Mini will launch worldwide on September 19, 2019.
UPDATE: The North American box has been revealed, along with one-fourth of the US game lineup.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes