Sega will relive some of its former glory with another retro console. The company has announced the Mega Drive Mini 2. While the system has only been confirmed for Japan for now, it seems likely that Sega will bring it to other markets as well. If and when it goes to the US, it will likely be called the Genesis Mini 2.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 will feature Sega CD games in the lineup of 50 titles. The full list has not been disclosed, but will include Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Virtua Racing and Shining Force CD. It also includes Fantasy Zone, which was never released on Mega Drive/Genesis – it was an arcade title that arrived on Master System. It is worth noting that the library may be different in other countries.
Sega says all games are faithfully reproduced. You can also save your progress at any time.
The company will release the Mega Drive Mini 2 in Japan on October 27. It costs ¥9,980 (about $75). Sega also makes a cosmetic attachment that looks like a cute smaller version of the Sega CD accessory. Using an included spacer, you can mount the original Mega Drive Mini, which is also slightly larger than its successor. The Sega CD attachment costs ¥4,500 (about $37).
We were big fans of the original Genesis Mini, which Sega released in 2019. It had a solid selection of games that were expertly emulated and USB ports that allowed users to plug in alternative controllers. Fingers crossed Sega will include the six-button version of its controller when it inevitably offers the Mega Drive Mini 2 outside of Japan.
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