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Mega Drive Mini

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Mega Drive Mini
Manufacturer: Sega, M2
Built-in games: 42
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,980 ?
Sega Mega Drive
JP
(W)
¥8,980 ?
Sega Mega Drive
US
$79.99[1] ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£69.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
€79.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
DE
€79.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
ES
€79.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
PT
€79.99 RTGSE0874
Sega Mega Drive
PL
349PLN ?
Sega Mega Drive
RS
10999 RSD ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$139.95 ?
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? ?
Sega Mega Drive
IN
₹1,499,000 ?
Sega Mega Drive
TH
฿1,390 ?
Sega Mega Drive
SG
119.90 SGD[8] ?
Sega Mega Drive
MY
RM 359.00 ?
Sega Mega Drive
PH
4,590 PHP ?
Sega Mega Drive
ZA
R1399 ?

The Mega Drive Mini (メガドライブミニ), sold in North America as the Sega Genesis Mini, is a miniature Sega Mega Drive console with 42 built-in games. It was released in September 2019 for most regions, and two weeks later in October 2019 for Europe.

Hardware

The Mega Drive Mini follows in the footsteps of other hardware manufacturers; Nintendo with its NES and Super NES Classic Edition units, Sony with its PlayStation Classic and SNK with its Neo Geo X Gold and Neo Geo Mini systems. The unit is designed to resemble the original model of Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis) at 55%[11] the size of the original, but is incompatible with any of the original games or controllers, relying solely on its built-in library of emulated games and slots for two USB peripherals. Video is output at 720p 60Hz via HDMI.

Prior to the console's release, other "mini Mega Drives" were available, such as the Sega Mega Drive Flashback by AtGames and a similar cost-reduced system by Tectoy, however while both are officially licensed by Sega, the Mega Drive Mini is the only one of the three to be developed by the company (although the actual software emulation was handled by M2). It was therefore marketed as being the more "official" product.

Also, unlike these older systems, Sega acquired the rights to feature games by a variety of third-party publishers in the Mega Drive Mini, including the likes of Konami, Namco, Capcom, Interplay, Electronic Arts and Taito.

In Japan, two packages were released - a standard edition with one USB Six Button Control Pad, and a "W" edition with two. In all other territories, the Mega Drive Mini only ships with three button control pads.

Technical specifications

  • System-on-chip: ZUIKI Z7213
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Output: 1 HDMI port
  • Storage: 512 MB NAND flash
  • Power: AXP223
  • Operating System: Linux kernel
  • Other: 2 USB controller ports

Features

The menu interface from the European system.

The Mega Drive Mini presents the player with a graphical interface displaying the covers of every game included on the system. Twelve covers are displayed on the screen at a time, but the player can choose to display all games at once, displaying their spines. The games can even be sorted alphabetically, by release date, by genre, or the number of supported players. The menu music is composed by Yuzo Koshiro of Streets of Rage fame.

Changing the system language in the settings menu will do more than just change the menu language; it will also change the menu interface to match the selected language, changing to a Japanese Mega Drive-themed menu for Japanese, Chinese and Korean, a Genesis-themed menu for English (with the exception of European/Australian systems), and a PAL Mega Drive-themed menu for French, Italian, German and Spanish. Most of the covers will also change to match those of the respective region, and alternate regional versions of the games can be played. Most intriguingly, changing the language of a Western system to Japanese will change Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine into Puyo Puyo. All games run at 60Hz regardless of system region, including the European versions of certain games such as Castlevania: Bloodlines which have been fully optimised to run at NTSC speeds; however the European version of The Story of Thor still runs at 50Hz. Not all games have an alternate regional variant available and will remain the same.

During a game, the player can call up System Menu at any time by pressing Start and X together on a Six Button Control Pad, holding the Start button down for a few seconds or by pressing the RESET button on the console. From this menu, the player can save their progress to a savestate, with each game supporting up to four savestates. Savestates will also remember which region the game is set to, so if the system language is changed, and the savestate is loaded, the regional variant of the game that was played when the savestate was created will be loaded.

The settings menu gives the player the ability to alter the display in various ways. Games can be displayed in a 4:3 aspect ratio or they can fill the entire screen, along with an optional CRT filter that blurs the image and displays scanlines. When playing in a 4:3 ratio, the player can choose to have one of two wallpapers displayed around the game screen to fill the blank space. The menu also includes a QR code that takes the player to a site hosting the original game manuals when scanned using a smartphone or tablet.

List of games

While all editions of the Mega Drive Mini contain 42 games, the lineup has been adjusted to better suit the region. All regions contain English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Korean menus which affect the language the game is in.

Japan

United States / Europe / Australia / Southeast Asia / Middle East / Africa

China / Taiwan / South Korea

Production credits

MEGADRIVE MINI / GENESIS MINI
SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY M2
  • Directors: Naoki Horii, Takayuki Komabayashi
  • Planners: Takayuki Komabayashi, Tsuyoshi Matsuoka
  • Programmers: Daisuke Koizumi, Shintaro Ishikura, Tetsuya Abe, Yuu Igarashi, Hiroyuki Sawai, Makoto Harashino, Nobuhisa Shinoda, Takayuki Kawanishi, Jumpei Issiki
  • Graphic Designers: Makoto Shiina, Yoshiyasu Matsushita, Satoru Hasegawa, Goh Takahashi, Moriwo Ashizuka (TORO KIKAKU), Yoshimi Mishima (TORO KIKAKU), Ryoetsu Ino (WAMSOFT)
  • Package Art for "Value Games in a Can": CASIO Matsushita, Satoru Hasegawa, Takayuki Komabayashi
  • Sound Designers: Tatsuhiko Kasuga, Sakuoki Kudo
  • Library & Tools: Jun Okada, Hiroaki Goto (GORRY), Toshinori Yuuki (WAMSOFT), Go Watanabe (WAMSOFT)
  • Theme Music Composed: Yuzo Koshiro (Ancient), Mucom Dev Team (gasshi, onitama, OXYGEN, WING☆), Masanobu Kumata, quad
  • Project Manager: Takehiro Kawachi
  • Special Thanks: Jemini Hirono, Kazuki Kubota, Keiichi Sato, Shinnosuke Nemoto, Ryohey Miyaki
Darius for Mega Drive 2019
  • Planner & Programmer: Hideki Konishi
  • Supervisers: Hiroshi Uemura (Taito Corporation), Katsuhisa Ishikawa (ZUNTATA), Yuichi Toyama (Taito Corporation), Masato Nishimura (SEGA)
  • Special Thanks: Satoshi Fujishima (fupac)
Tetris for Mega Drive 2019
  • Programmers: Num Kadoma, Satoshi Fujishima (fupac)
  • Sound: WING☆
  • Music Driver: MUCOM88 ©YUZO KOSHIRO
SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. / SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
SEGA TOYS Co., Ltd.
SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA Europe Ltd.
SEGA AMUSEMENTS TAIWAN LTD.
SEGA Publishing Korea Ltd.
Special Thanks
Source: In-game credits


Artwork

Japan

North America

Europe

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive, JP

Mega Drive, JP (W)
MegaDriveMiniW MD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, US

Mega Drive, EU

Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AS

Mega Drive, PT
MegaDriveMini MD PT Box Top.jpg
MegaDriveMini MD PT Box Back.jpgMegaDriveMini MD PT Spine Right.jpgMegaDriveMini MD PT Box Front.jpgMegaDriveMini MD PT Spine Left.jpg
MegaDriveMini MD PT Box Bottom.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, PL
MegaDriveMini MD PT Box Back.jpgMegaDriveMini MD PL Box Spine Right.jpgMegaDriveMini MD PT Box Front.jpg
Cover

External links

References


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