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[Update #1] Could AtGames’ new Mini Mega Drive actually rival the NES Classic?

[Update #1: A poster on the Atari Age forums posted the above image of what’s supposedly the official Mini Megadrive box. According to the poster, the system will also have a suspend/restore feature. Also, the list of pre-installed SEGA games (see below) has been updated with the latest information.] 

Several months back, the Internet went crazy over the news that Tectoy would begin manufacturing Genesis systems once again. More annoyingly, many websites falsely led people to believe SEGA was somehow behind this new system and was taking on Nintendo’s NES Classic, thus signaling the beginning of “Console War II.”

The Tectoy Genesis looks great and all, with it using original hardware, including built-in games and ability to play actual Genesis cartridges, but the fact that it didn’t include HDMI meant that it couldn’t truly rival Nintendo’s mini NES, at least in the average consumer’s eyes.

But we’ve learned that AtGames will release a new Genesis, called the Mini Megadrive, that could actually be that contender, and it’s coming later this year. The new system is designed to look like a Model 1 Genesis and will come with 85 pre-installed games, 2.4G wireless controllers, a cartridge slot and an HDMI out that will output video at 720p. It’s now available to pre-order for a $10 limited-time discount at 79.99 Euros and is scheduled to begin shipping on Sept. 15. 

Even though Sega has been strict on not branching out their games to online casinos, you’ll find many Sega inspired slots, such as Flame Busters and Arcader. You can find these games in most real money casinos, and for Sega lovers, this might be the closest thing to the real deal there ever will be.

Of course, we know that AtGames’ previous efforts in manufacturing Genesis clone systems have left a lot to be desired, especially in the sound department, so the jury is still out on whether this system is truly worth your investment.

List of included games :

  • Mortal Kombat I, II, III
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Altered Beast
  • Phantasy Star series
  • Sonic Series
  • Golden Axe
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Chakan: The Forever Man
  • Columns
  • Columns III
  • ComixZone
  • Crack Down
  • DecapAttack
  • Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III
  • Ristar
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Shining Force: the Legacy of Great Intention
  • Shining Force II: the Ancient Seal
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat 3

Non-SEGA games:

  • Adventure in the Park
  • Air Hockey
  • Black Sheep
  • Bomber
  • Bottle Taps Race
  • Brain Switch
  • Break a Fireline
  • Bubble Master
  • Cannon
  • Checker
  • Chess
  • Cross the Road
  • Curling 2010
  • Dominant Amber
  • Fight or Lose
  • Flash Memory
  • Hangman
  • Hexagonos
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Hide and Seek
  • Jack’s Pea
  • Jewel Magic
  • Jura Formula
  • Lost World Sudoku
  • Maze 2010
  • Mahjong Solitaire
  • Memory
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Mr.Balls
  • Mya Master Mind
  • Naval Power
  • Panic Lift
  • Plumbing Contest
  • Skeleton Scale
  • Snake
  • Spider
  • T-Rex Memory Match
  • Wall-Breaking
  • Warehouse Keeper
  • Whack-A-Wolf
[Via JournalDuGeek]

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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