Stewart 'Grave' Gibson is the fighting game loving, Doomguy worshipping, Motorhead listening maniac of DarkSpawn Gaming. When not ripping and tearing Stewart can be found riding the open roads or at the nearest Lucha Libre event.
It seems like a lifetime ago since Sega announced they were making an official mini version of their most popular console, the Mega Drive or Genesis if you are in America. This is obviously following in the footsteps of the NES, SNES and PlayStation which have all had mini version released, some being more successful than others.
It seems only logical that Sega would want to get in on the mini console craze as the Mega Drive was one the cornerstones of gaming during its time on the market with the SNES being the other. The good news about this official version is that Sega have distanced themselves from the awful AtGames version that was released a while back as it has useless controllers, a ridiculous interface and the worst sound chip in history. No, Sega have decided they are going to do this themselves and that hopefully means it will be done right.
So when can we get our hands on one? Well, Sega have announced that it will be available on September the 19th with an $80 price tag so I reckon we will see it available in the UK around the same time for a £65-£70 price. One big difference I have noticed with the Mega Drive is comparison to its counterparts is the amount of built-in games they will offer. Sega have confirmed the console will have 40 built in titles and announced the first 10 which are:
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Ecco the Dolphin
Sonic The Hedgehog
Space Harrier II
ToeJam & Earl
Now, I will confess, a lot of these titles can be played on other consoles through collection games, on PC’s through emulation or even on your phone for free so you may wonder why anyone would buy this. Well, that’s the easy part, for the same reason that the NES and SNES minis sold so well, the nostalgia and cool factor. The idea of turning on the old console is just cool thing to do these, press a button and away you go, no updates, no installs, no waiting on hard drives or load times just instant action but that price could be off putting to those who think nostalgia isn’t enough.
I know I will want the Mega Drive mini upon release but I will to see the 40 games on offer before I commit but what about you? Are you sold on it? Not interested at all or waiting to see more? Let us know in the comments below.