Sega has announced on Twitter today that it has pushed back the release date of the Sega Mega Drive Mini, a minature version of its classic games console to sometime in 2019.
Gematsu reports that the Mega Drive Mini was originally planned to be released to coincide with the console’s 30th anniverary in Japan, but is now having to re-think the design to meet a level of quality that Sega fans will expect.
The response to its announcement was particularly big overseas, and a Genesis model for North America and Mega Drive model for Europe are now in preparation with plans for a simultaneous worldwide release.
AtGames, a US based company has attempted to release a licensed minature Mega Drive before – but failed to live up to its expectations. Here’s hoping that Sega (and whoever else is involed in manufactuing the Mega Drive Mini) does a better job this time round!
The market is definitely there for “classic” minature consoles – Nintendo’s NES Mini and SNES Mini were both a big success, and now other companies are starting to follow suit. Sony just announced today that it’s making its own Playstation Classic console – a tiny PS1 with 20 “genre-defining” titles pre-loaded and is set to release in December for £89.99.