Sega Genesis Mini
|Also known as||Mega Drive Mini|
|Type||Dedicated home video game console|
|System-on-chip used||ZUIKI Z7213 (Allwinner-based)|
|Memory||256 MB of RAM|
|Storage||512 MB flash memory|
The Sega Genesis Mini, known as the Mega Drive Mini in regions outside of North America, is a dedicated home video game console modeled on Sega's Genesis in miniature. The Mini will emulate the original console's 16-bit hardware and include 42 pre-installed games, including two that were never released for the original console, which were ported by M2. It is set for release worldwide on September 19, 2019, except in Europe and the Middle East, where it is expected to launch on October 4, 2019.
The Mini is half the size of the original 1988 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive video game console. It includes either one or two (dependent on region's bundle options) full-size replica controllers (that connect through USB, thus original controllers will be incompatible), a USB-to-Micro-B power cable, an HDMI video cable and (in some regions) a USB AC adapter. There will be separate Mini console releases for North America, Europe, Asia and Japan, as the Mini will reproduce the original console's regional decal and color variations. The North American and European units include three-button controllers, while the Japanese controllers will have six buttons. Officially licensed six-button controllers made specifically for the Mini will be sold as a separate purchase in North America and Europe through the company Retro-Bit. Officially licensed, non-functioning (purely aesthetic), add-on shells of a miniature Mega CD, a miniature Sega 32X, a miniature Sonic & Knuckles lock-on Mega Drive cartridge and a miniature Sonic the Hedgehog standard Mega Drive cartridge are being made specifically for the Mini and will be sold as a separate purchase in Japan.
The Mini will include 42 games (40 from the original console's era), though the selection will vary by region. Some games are offered in any regional variation, e.g., the Japanese Mini includes all three regional versions of Castlevania: Bloodlines, while the American Mini lets you play Puyo Puyo by changing the region to either Chinese or Japanese. The games will have a saved state feature to pause and resume progress and can be played in either the original 4:3 ratio or cropped 16:9 widescreen, with HUD elements modified to fit onto the screen. Two bonus games, Darius and Tetris,[a] were never released on the original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and are being newly ported from their arcade releases.
Production and release
The Mini was first announced at the Tokyo Sega Fes show in April 2018. The announcement was part of a trend of releasing smaller versions of 1980s and 1990s retro video game consoles. It was delayed in September, missing the console's 30th-anniversary window, when Sega dropped its partnership with AtGames, whose 2017 Sega Genesis Flashback was critically panned for its low production quality. Instead of using AtGames's Flashback software on a Japan-exclusive Mini, Sega would produce the software in Japan and release the Mini globally. The Mini is set for release on September 19, 2019, except in Europe and the Middle East, where it is expected to launch on October 4, 2019.
M2, a collaborator of Sega's on the Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics Collection, is producing the Mini's ports. Sega emphasized first-party production quality in its marketing for the Mini, as the company returns to the hardware business after last producing the Sega Dreamcast in 2001. The menu music was composed by Yuzo Koshiro, the original composer of Streets of Rage 2 and Beyond Oasis, two games included on the console.
- Based on Sega's arcade release, not the rare Genesis version.
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