After almost three decades since its first release, the Sega Mega Drive, also known as Genesis in North America, will be seeing a second rebirth, with the upcoming launch of the updated mini Mega Drive Classic Game Console. Having been around for quite some time, the mini gaming system has been reprogrammed to include 80 games, and will be released to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog.
The original Mega Drive saw its first run in the late eighties to early nineties, at a time when Nintendo was dominating the gaming console market with the Super Famicom. Though unsuccessful in Japan, the system saw much popularity in North America and Europe thanks largely to its library of arcade games.
Boasting around 900 titles, the system is responsible for cult classics like Altered Beast, Golden Axe and Kid Chameleon, to name a few. Thankfully, these are just some of the 80 games that will be included in the mini-version of the console, along with other favorites like Mortal Kombat and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog. A complete list of the games that will be built into the console can be found here.
Aside from being pre-programmed with 80 games, the mini Mega Drive Classic Game Console will also be able to read original Sega Mega Drive cartridges (so it’s probably time to clean out the attic, again). It comes with two wireless controllers, for two-player fun, and can be hooked up to a TV using an AV cable. Unfortunately, the console only has a black version and does not come in checkered or corduroy.
A portable, handheld version of the console will also be offered, with the same 80 games included in the mini-console.
Both the handheld and console version will be available this October in Europe with a $65.55 price tag. No specific details on a North American release, as of posting.
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