Sega is following Nintendo’s lead by announcing a new version of its Mega Drive console. The release of this Sega Mega Drive is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. It will come in two versions; a traditionally minded two-player console that hooks up to a TV and a handheld console.
Sweetening the deal is the fact that both consoles are pre-loaded with 80 classic games from the original Sega Mega Drive. These include Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe (I, II, and III), Phantasy Star (2 and 3), and the first three Mortal Kombat games.
The bigger console is also capable of accepting Sega Mega Drive cartridges, allowing players to dust off their old collection and start playing again. The handheld version is equipped with an SDcard reader, and Sega says that it will be able to play ROMs loaded from the storage card.
Unfortunately, the new Sega Mega Drive is only available through a single online retailer. Another small issue may be the fact that the consoles are being made by At Games, a Chinese manufacturer who rolled out a lackluster Sega Genesis revival not too long ago.
The Sega Mega Drive console is available on pre-order for $65.62 (about RM267), while the handheld version is being sold for the same price. Both devices will be officially released in October 2016.