One of the biggest announcements coming out of SEGA Fes was the confirmation that SEGA would indeed release its own version of a mini Mega Drive. Not much is known about the system at this point, including what games will come pre-installed or what kind of wireless or wired controllers it will support.
However, AtGames, the company that has infamously released its Flashback Genesis systems over the years, confirmed on social media that it is working with SEGA to supply the technology that will go into the Mega Drive Mini.
The rumors are true! Sega is going to release the Mega Drive Mini in Japan, powered by the latest AtGames technology. This same new and improved technology will find its way into the US and other territories later this year! #MegaDriveMini pic.twitter.com/4kbVKEz8oK
— AFZ (@ATGFlashback) April 14, 2018
This has caused a lot of controversy among SEGA fans as many have wanted SEGA to release a high-quality micro console of its own – like Nintendo with the NES and SNES Classic. Because of AtGames’ history of poor quality with its consoles, namely inaccurate sound emulation, among others, it’s understandable why some SEGA fans are upset.
We found the Genesis Flashback HD to be a quality system (read our review here), although it still wasn’t able to achieve 100 percent perfect sound emulation. However, AtGames has said that the new Mega Drive Mini will include a new emulator that should make gameplay and audio better than ever.
All the negativity is perfectly understandable. You’ll either see the improvement this year in the HD hardware or you won’t. Talking about it doesn’t do much at this point. There is a switch to a proven emulator and other features that have been requested for years making it into the 2018 HD models. There will be similar changes on the Atari HD side. Exciting stuff, but no reason to believe any of it until it’s actually in the wild.
We’re cautiously optimistic that this new system will be as close as ever to what SEGA fans have been asking for, but of course it will all come down to what games SEGA chooses to have pre-installed on the system and how well those games play. Hopefully, we’ll see more at E3!