At the 2018 Sega Fes event just recently, Sega officially announced the Sega Mega Drive Mini, the "miniature" version of the Mega Drive gaming machine, or Sega Genesis that was a rival of Super Famicom. Mega Drive Mini is expected to be released this year but has not yet had a specific date. On this occasion, Sega also announced that it will bring some of their classic games to Nintendo Switch this summer. They will ship this new device from Sega with 40 Sega games pre-loaded.

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Sega's tweet.

According to Sega, Mega Drive Mini is a product to celebrate this console's 30-year-old anniversary. If you don't know, Mega Drive is the official name of the Genesis game console when released in Japan. Genesis was the name used in the US market. The company responsible for the Mega Drive Mini hardware is AtGames, a name that once produced the nostalgic Atari and Genesis consoles. AtGames' Facebook also confirms the Mega Drive Mini hardware they produce.

The games

Similar to Nintendo's direction with the Mini version of NES and Super NES, Sega's "miniature" machine will come with some of the classic games of this system. Just to name some of the legendary will be included on this system such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force, ToeJam & Earl, Altered Beast, Gunstar Heroes,  Castlevania: Bloodlines, Comix Zone. M2 is the company behind all these ports, they are also the one that has worked on Sega 3D Classics Collection and Sega Ages.

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Sonic The Hedgehog

Previously, Sega launched Mega Drive in Japan on October 29, 1988. While they launched it in North America on August 14, 1989, and sold more than 30 million units worldwide. Therefore, the launch date may be around the end of October this year in the Japanese market. If Sega intends to produce another version for the market, it may be in August next year.

The specs and price

From the report of GameSpot, we get to know the miniature console will come with 2 controllers, 1 power cable of USB to Micro-B, an HDMI cable, and one power adapter. You can pre-order this console now with the price of 5500 Rupee