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Sega making Mega Drive Mini console with 80 games, plays cartridges

Those old-school days of Sega vs Nintendo are back!

By Derek Strickland from Jul 25, 2016 @ 17:03 CDT

In a bid to counter Nintendo's NES Mini, Sega is planning to release its own official Mega Drive/Genesis Mini console that one ups its rival.

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Sega knows the NES Mini is quite restricted, so its decided to release its own fully-functioning miniaturized Megadrive/Gensis system that not only rocks 80 built-in games from Sega's best-of library (30 more than the NES Mini) but also plays original NTSC and PAL game cartridges. That's a pretty huge advantage--as we know the NES Mini doesn't play NES cartridges and isn't a fully-functioning console. Plus it's listed at $49.99 which is a full $10 cheaper than the NES Mini. But it does have its shortcomings and we'll come to those later.

A listing for the Megadrive Mini was spotted on a UK retailer Smyths for £49.99 and a release in October. Remember that the Megadrive is the UK/Europe version of the Genesis. The weird thing is the Genesis Mini is already being sold in the UK and in the US so perhaps the console listed at Smyths is a re-release?

In any case, this might not be official news per se as the Genesis/Megadrive Classic Mini has already been out for quite some time, and it could just be a mix-up from the UK retailer. At the same time, it'd behoove Sega to re-release its own mini console to upjump the NES Mini.

One disadvantage is that the Sega Genesis/Megadrive Mini is quite cheaply built, as you can see in this video here. The sound is also apparently quite bad. It also doesn't come with an HDMI cable, only an AV cable, meaning its games might be distorted and wonky on HDTVs. But it does come with two wireless Genesis controllers.

Check below for all the included games and everything that comes with the Genesis Classic Mini;

Note: The Megadrive is exactly the same as the Genesis; the UK/European region console is named Megadrive, whereas the North American console is named Genesis.

"The Arcade Classic Wireless 'plug n play' two player console is the Ultimate Home Retro Games Console, bringing back the glory days of SEGA MegaDrive! This stylish 2 player console features 80 classic SEGA MD (Mega Drive) games and you can also use original SEGA MD cartridges from all regions (Both PAL and NTSC) The console comes with 2 Wireless Controllers, an AV cable and AC Adapter."

  • 80 built-in gameslers in the pack
  • 'Plug n Play'on any TV
  • Includes beloved Sonic the Hedgehog games
  • Includes all 3 original Mortal Kombat games
  • Two user friendly wireless SEGA MegaDrive controllers
  • Compatible with SEGA MegaDrive cartridges* (not included)
  • Includes AV cables
  • Includes AC adapter

Built-in SEGA MD games - in our opinion, this is the Ultimate Collection:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Alien Storm

Altered Beast

Arrow Flash

Bonanza Bros.

Chakan: The Forever Man

Columns

Columns III

ComixZone

Crack Down

DecapAttack

Dr. Robotnik'sMean Bean Machine

Ecco

EccoJr

ESWAT: City Under Seige

Fatal Labyrinth

Flicky

Gain Ground

Golden Axe

Golden Axe 2

Golden Axe 3

Jewel Master

Kid Chameleon

Motal Kombat

Mortal Kombat 2

Mortal Kombat 3

Ristar

Shadow Dancer

Shinobi 3

Streets Of Rage 1

Streets Of Rage 2

Streets Of Rage 3

Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic Spinball

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The Ooze

Vectorman

Vectorman 2

Virtua Fighter 2

Games List - bonus cartridge games

Cross the road

Jack's Pea

Jewel Magic

Curling 2010

Fish Story

Mahjong Solitaire

Warehouse Keeper

Chess

Memory

Snake

Air Hockey

Spider

Naval Power

Mr. Balls

Cannon

Fight or Lose

Bottle Taps Race

Bomber

Checker

Hexagonos

Reaction Match

Whack-A-Wolf

Mirror Mirror

Memory Match

Treasure Hunt

Fire Fly Glow

Panic Lift

Black Sheep

Space Hunter

Flash Memory

Table Magic

Color Puzzle

Brain Switch

Mega Brain Switch

Bulls and Cows

Logic Dial

Match Eleven

Formula Challenge

Sudoku Quiz

Dominant Color

* Some cartridges are not compatible due to cartridge conditions or original specification of games and cartridge hardware * This item is limited to 1 per customer * This device is not an emulator and will not play SEGA MD roms - however, it will play original cartridges

NEWS SOURCES:Overclock3d.net

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