By: Nick Gambino
With all the Sega information this week I needed to examine the calendar to ensure I hadn’t stepped by way of a time portal that landed me within the 90s. No Trapper Keepers, Pogs or pump-up excessive tops in sight, so I suppose I haven’t been displaced in time.
After the recognition of the SNES mini console in 2017, Sega is trying to launch a mini model of the favored Sega Genesis later this yr for its 30th anniversary. The console’s working title, “Mega Drive Mini,” embraces the abroad title of the console earlier than it was given the moniker “Genesis” when it arrived within the U.S.
Apparently, the at-one-time Nintendo competitor is counting on AtGames to create the system whereas Sega itself solely handles the distribution. That is already elevating some eyebrows. The home that Sonic constructed has allowed variations of the all black console to be re-released by a 3rd celebration earlier than to blended evaluations. In truth, AtGames was the corporate behind these releases.
Per Nintendo Life, AtGames confirmed the plans in a since-deleted tweet, “The rumors are true! Sega goes to launch the Mega Drive Mini in Japan, powered by the most recent AtGames know-how. This similar new and improved know-how will discover its approach into the US and different territories later this yr!”
We don’t but know why the tweet was deleted however we will assume it has one thing to do with saving face or avoiding embarrassment. Nintendo created the NES and SNES mini consoles in-house, so that you’d assume Sega would do the identical.
In different gaming information, Sega additionally introduced a number of titles will discover their approach into the Nintendo Swap. To start out they’ll be releasing Phantasy Star, Thunder Pressure IV and their hottest title, Sonic the Hedgehog. No phrase but on Streets of Rage which is one in all my private favorites.
Whereas it’s a bit worrisome that Sega is counting on one other firm to deal with the system construct of its 90s flagship console, if they will attempt to emulate even half of the success of the SNES Basic Mini then they’ll be within the clear. They’ve been out of the sport for practically 20 years, in order that they’re in all probability just a little rusty.