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Sega Announces Mega Drive Mini Console

Mini Megadrive unveiled at Sega Fes, slated to release this year in Japan

Mega Drive Mini

Tonight during Sega Fes 2018 at Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo, Sega revealed a big surprise in a surprisingly small package.

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic micro-consoles, the tentatively named Mega Drive Mini is slated to release sometime in 2018 – just in time for the beloved 16-bit console’s 30th anniversary.

While this news is certainly exciting, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the Sega Mega Drive Mini, including if the system will be making a debut in the West, how much it will cost, and which games will be built into the hardware. But you can be sure we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

Originally released on October 29, 1988 in Japan, the Mega Drive sold over 4.3 million units until it was discontinued in 1997. However, the company fared much better in North America when it launched the console under the Genesis monicker in August of 1989, ultimately selling over 20 million consoles.

So, what games would you like to see featured on the Mega Drive Mini? Personally, I’ll be flipping tables if the Shining Force games aren’t included in this fun-sized package. Be sure to let us know what you’d like to see make the cut in the comments section.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Before founding the site, Frank was a staff writer for the blogs Gaming Judgement and NuclearGeek.

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