Sega has announced that they will be releasing a miniature version of the Sega Mega Drive (known as the Sega Genesis in America), appropriately called simply the Mega Drive Mini. It will be launching in 2018, just in time for the console’s 30th anniversary.
The system will be releasing first in Japan, with a U.S. and international release following. It’s being made by AtGames, which produced last year’s Sega Genesis Flashback, to mixed reviews. The company said that the Mega Drive Mini will feature different emulation and additional features from the Genesis Flashback when it arrives. No games have yet been confirmed for this project.
The Mega Drive Mini will be the latest in a series of retro/throwback consoles that have been able to capitalize on peak 1990s nostalgia. Nintendo has seen perhaps the greatest success of these with the NES and SNES Classic systems, both of which sold out quickly.