The iconic SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 embodies classic gaming over three decades after its original release. After first appearing in North America in 1988 and officially becoming a global hit the following year, it is now making a comeback in miniature form. This new version offers 40 classic games from a variety of genres that the original SEGA couldn’t provide.
The SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 was announced in 2022, it is a desktop mini console that emulates the old 16-bit hardware and is the continuation of the Sega Mega Drive Mini that came out in 2019. The device will be responsible for functioning as a retro game emulator that you will connect directly to your TV, to achieve this it has an HDMI port.
This tiny version has 60 video games that come from the Mega Drive and Mega-CD, so the catalog is interesting.
Specifically, the SEGA Mega Drive Mini is a replica of the Mega Drive console and the SEGA Genesis. In addition to the HDMI connector, it has two USB-A ports and a micro USB socket that will connect to electricity to power the device. Also, the resolution in which the games will be projected on the screen will be HD (720p) and 480p. As for the controller, it has six buttons and is almost identical to the original model.
Interface and experience.
The interface is intuitive and simple, games will be displayed up front and the options menu is drop down. The best part is that titles can be organized by release date, genre and CD number, which is awesome because it adds a touch of customization that never hurts.
When you select a game, a small showcase will open up in the foreground. There, various settings will be enabled for you to adjust the wallpaper and frame size to change the aspect ratio from the classic 4:3 standard to the modern 16:9. As expected, the user interface is top-notch, as is the experience. The transition between menus and games is smooth, free of slowdowns and unexpected glitches.
The most striking thing is the inclusion of Mega-CD games, this console had been forgotten until this moment. Many titles employ a rendered background that enhances the graphics seen on the screen, something very positive. Otherwise, being a simple console by today’s standards, there is not much to mention, as the games run flawlessly. You can rest assured on this point because there will be no bad implementations of the device’s system, everything will run as it should.
There are 60 video games available on the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2: After Burner II, Alien Soldier, Atomic Runner, Bonanza Bros, ClayFighter, Crusader of Centy, Desert Strike: Return To The Gulf, Earthworm Jim 2, Ecco The Dolphin – Ecco: The Tides Of Time, Elemental Master, Fatal Fury 2, Final Fight CD, Gain Ground, Golden Axe II, Granada, Hellfire, Herzog Zwei, Midnight Resistance, Night Striker, Night Trap, OutRun, OutRunners, Phantasy Star II, Populous, Rainbow Islands EXTRA, Ranger-X, Ristar, Robo Aleste, Rolling Thunder 2 and Sewer Shark.
Shadow Dancer: The Secret Of Shinobi, Shining Force CD, Shining Force II – Shining In the Darkness – Silpheed – Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island – Sonic The Hedgehog CD – Splatterhouse 2, Streets Of Rage 3, Super Hang-On, Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers, The Ninja Warriors, The Ooze, The Revenge Of Shinobi, Thunder Force IV, ToeJam & Earl In Panic On Funkotron, Truxton, VectorMan 2, Viewpoint, Virtua Racing, Warsong, Yumemi Mystery Mansion. And as bonus: Spatter, Super Locomotive, Vs Puyo Puyo SUN, Fantasy Zone, Devi & Pii, Star Mobile, Space Harrier and Space Harrier II.
Price and conclusion.
This collectible-worthy console is priced at €100, so it’s not an unaffordable cost by any stretch of the imagination. Otherwise, if you are a lover of retro games from the late 80s and early 90s, the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 is totally worth it, it is a must buy. Especially since there are few copies on the market, so it’s not a bad idea to buy it before it’s too late.