Sega is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive (better known as the Sega Genesis in the U.S.) by releasing a mini version of the classic console, as revealed during the Sega Fes 2018 stream.
The Mega Drive Mini will launch in Japan sometime later this year. Unfortunately, no U.S. or European launch was confirmed, let alone dated, so we’ll have to wait and see if we’ll even get a Sega Genesis Mini in the west.
The Mega Drive Mini is reportedly “powered by the latest AtGames technology,” but the original Facebook post that stated this has since been taken down. A tweet from AtGames (which has also been deleted) stated that the Mega Drive Mini will “find its way into the U.S. and other territories later this year!” However, Sega hasn’t confirmed either of these statements from AtGames.
Little else is known about the Mega Drive Mini, including what games it will include and how it’s different from the poorly received AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback HD, which never released in Japan. The Mega Drive Mini definitely looks smaller than the Genesis Flashback HD (unless the man holding it in the below image is a giant), but it doesn’t seem to have a working cartridge port, which was one of the Genesis Flashback HD’s biggest selling points.
— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) April 14, 2018
Even if it’s just a smaller version of the Sega Genesis Flashback HD (though we’re hoping it’s much, much better than that), it isn’t surprising that Sega would want to throw its hat in the miniaturized classic console ring. After all, both of Nintendo’s officially licensed emulator players—the NES Classic and Super NES Classic—sold like hotcakes.
In addition to the Mega Drive Mini, Sega also announced during its Fes 2018 stream that it’s bringing Shenmue and Shenmue II to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC later this year.