SEGA’s attempt to get in on the retro mini console craze now unfortunately won’t see the light of day until 2019. But it’s for a good reason.
Previously, the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Mini was set to be made in collaboration with AtGames, whose previous licensed products were all over the place in terms of quality. Honestly, just check out the video below for an example.
Now, however, it seems that SEGA is working with a Japanese developer that has a proven track record instead, hopefully ensuring that the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini will live up to the expectations of fans.
The information came to light via a series of tweets made via the official SEGA Twitter account, and was also accompanied by an apology for the delay. If it means that the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini is better than it would have been though, we’re all for it. In fact, we’re rather looking forward to it now.
— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) September 19, 2018
Translated, the above reads: “[Announcement] The release of “Mega Drive Mini (tentative name)” announced at Sega Festival 2018 will be changed in 2019. We have been developing for the release this year, in particular, the response from overseas customers is large, and the United States will prepare a model that reproduces “GENESIS” and European version “Mega Drive” in Europe, and will be released at the same time worldwide.
In addition, in order to achieve the quality that satisfies Sega fans more, we reviewed the design centering on the original member of the Mega Drive, and took the system to advance in cooperation with the domestic developer who has a proven software development. We are sorry to bother you. Please wait with anticipation for a while.”