Sega has hopped back on the miniature emulation machine bandwagon with newly unveiled Mega Drive Mini 2. This announcement comes after the release of the first Mini Drive back in 2019. According to the trailer below, the new system boasts more games and more power than the original, with over 50 titles being included. At the moment the system has only been announced for a Japanese release on October 27 for a little over $76 USD.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 will ship with old favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Virtua Racing, and Shining Force CD. Also included is Fantasy Zone, which never made it to the original console. This inclusion, along with hints at some “mysterious new work,” shows there may be more surprise games to be revealed later.
These miniature emulation machines were a big deal a few years back. Nintendo had it’s NES, Sony released an original PlayStation, and Sega rounded out the group with its mini Genesis. The main attraction was the ability to go back and play these classic games without tracking down the old hardware or illegally ripping the ROMs online. Though these made for a nice nostalgia trip, it remains to be seen if this new model will jumpstart the mini-emulator craze again.
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