A Mini Sega Mega Drive Is On The Way – But There’s A Twist

The updated 16-bit Sega Genesis is being made to mark the console's 30th anniversary.

The Sega Mega drive in all its glory.
The original Sega Megadrive Accept no alternatives. Image Sega

Sega has announced plans for a rebooted scaled down version of its classic hit 16-bit console the Sega Mega Drive or Genesis – with a couple of notable twists.

The console comeback will make the first piece of gaming hardware to come out of Sega since 2001’s criminally underrated Sega Dreamcast.

It also comes in the wake of the success Nintendo has enjoyed with the release of their mini NES and Super NES Classic mini consoles, which have proven popular with gamers old and new.

The Sega Genesis Mini is also being released to mark the 30th anniversary of the Mega Drive’s original released. The plan is to release the console in Japan followed by the US and Europe.

AtGames is putting the console together, which could prompt mixed feelings among fans.

They were the company behind the critically panned Sega Genesis Flashback HD console but this sounds like it could be different.

The return of the SEGA Genesis.
The king has returned The SEGA Genesis is back and better than ever Image SEGA

The Mega Drive Mini will also boast a rewind feature along with a cartridge slot, meaning old cartridges will be compatible with the new console.

There is one other drawback though – Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is unlikely to feature among the games that come built-in as part of the console due to licensing issues involving the music, which may or may not hav been written by Michael Jackson.

In the meantime, Sega is also set to release 15 classic games on the Nintendo Switch. Fingers crossed one of those games is Streets of Rage.

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