Sega’s Mini Retro Console Is Coming This September
Sega's Mega Drive Mini will come ready to plug into your television and immediately play.
Mini retro consoles have been all the rage these past few years. Nintendo released the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES and NES. PlayStation released the PlayStation Classic. And now Sega is getting in on the game, revealing the release date for their upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini – otherwise known as the Genesis Mini.
Announced yesterday at Sega’s annual Sega Fes event in Tokyo, the mini console will be released worldwide on September 19. A shrunken version of the console known in the US as the Sega Genesis and in Japan as the Mega Drive, the Mini will come ready to plug into your television and immediately play.
Fortunately, the bundled controller will remain the same size you remember from your childhood, so you won’t have to worry about fiddling with tiny buttons. Though if you’re hoping to dust off your old Mega Drive controllers you’re out of luck, as they won’t be compatible with the mini console.
The iconic SEGA Genesis returns September 19, 2019, with our lovingly crafted SEGA Genesis Mini for $79.99!
Simply plug-in and play 40 of the console's legendary titles, 10 of which we're announcing today.
— SEGA (@SEGA) March 30, 2019
The console will come pre-loaded with a selection of 40 classic games, though they won’t be the same in all countries.
As reported by Kotaku, America’s Genesis Mini lineup will include Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Ecco The Dolphin, ToeJam & Earl and Sonic The Hedgehog. Meanwhile, Japan’s Mega Drive Mini will have titles including Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo 2 and Powerball.
The two consoles will also share several games, including Castlevania: Bloodlines, Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Space Harrier 2 and Shining Force.
The Australian release has been confirmed to include the same games as America thus far, and will cost $139.95.
Sega first revealed they has a mini console in the works last year, but its launch was delayed to this year in order to ensure a worldwide release.
This article has been updated to include the subsequent reveal of Australia’s titles and pricing.