We first got a glimpse of the Sega Genesis retro version console last, but its release was delayed. Sega recently announced at Sega Fest 2019 that the Genesis Mini / Mega Drive Mini will launch in the US and Japan on September 19th.
The console will come with 40 built-in games. The consoles will have slightly different game lineups when released, the Japanese version will include classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Shining Force, Gunstar Heroes and Comix Zone, Space Harrier II, Puyo Puyo 2, Rent-a-Hero, Castlevania Bloodlines, and Powerball. The U.S. will get classics like 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, and ToeJam & Earl. The other titles will be announced later.
Apart from title differences, the Genesis Mini will come with a pair of three-button USB controllers and will retail for $79.99, while the Japanese Mega Drive Mini will come with a six-button controller, and will sell for ¥6,980 ($60), or with an additional controller for ¥8,980 yen ($80). The console will be powered by a microUSB, and has an HDMI output capable of up to 720p resolution. As expected from retro consoles making a comeback, it will also support saving anywhere within a game. There’s no support for download or cartridges like the Old School SG. The Sega says that pre-order links are coming soon.
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