IT'S NOT JUST Cadbury's Cream Eggs that aren't as big as you remember them being when you were a child. Sega has officially announced that it's joining the cynical cash-in party started by Nintendo and continued by Sony, releasing a miniature version of its rather splendid Mega Drive console. Or Genesis, if you lived outside of Europe at the time.
It's coming on 19 September, and the box proudly proclaims it "the ultimate computer game console" which feels a touch on the hyperbolic side given the existence of - in no particular order - the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, the PlayStation, the N64, the Nintendo Switch, the Dreamcast, the Sega Saturn, the PS2, the PS3, the Xbox 360, the Wii, the Wii U, the Game Cube and the Xbox. Maybe the copywriter responsible hasn't been into a shop since 1989.
SEEEEGGGGAAAA!— SEGA (@SEGA) March 30, 2019
The iconic SEGA Genesis returns September 19, 2019, with our lovingly crafted SEGA Genesis Mini for $79.99!
Simply plug-in and play 40 of the console's legendary titles, 10 of which we're announcing today.
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In any case, it comes with 40 games built in, and Sega has already revealed the first 10. They are: Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Space Harrier 2, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Machine, ToeJam & Earl, Comix Zone, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and Gunstar Heroes.
Apparently, the ports have been made by M2, which also worked on Sega Ages and the Sega 3D Classics collection.
That's actually pretty good going, considering the SNES Mini only contains 21 games - although it is fairly trivial to add more if you don't mind breaking your warranty. As yet, we have no idea as to whether Sega will take more precautions to lock down its new pride and joy/cynical money-spinner.
You can pre-order 1989's hottest games console right now for £69.99. Or you could just search eBay for "Mega Drive with games" for a similar experience without the convenience. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score