SEGA's Mega Drive Mini has had us in a lather of retro-fuelled expectation since we first got wind of it - and March's announcement of its first 10 games (from a total of 40) did nothing to calm us down, featuring as it did/does Castlevania: Bloodlines, Ecco the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes and the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
In the wake of that debut 10, we wrote something of a wish-list, covering games that'd make up a dream line-up for the mini-console, which is due out on 19 September priced at £69.99 (that includes a pair of three-button controllers, too). On that list: Streets of Rage 2, Micro Machines 2, Strider, Rocket Knight Adventures, Mercs and more.
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition / Credit: SEGA, Capcom
And while subsequent reveals haven't delivered everything we're hoping for, they've been strong enough to position the Mega Drive Mini as, probably, the best mini-console on the market (well, when it comes out, anyway). If it's not the best, it's at least on a par with the current leading machine available, the similarly 16-bit Super Nintendo Classic. IMO, don't @ us, and such caveats.
Now, a total of 30 games have been confirmed for the Mega Drive Mini, with Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (which I had back when, and took such pleasure in it making the classic SNES port look like last year's model) and the super RPG Story of Thor (aka Beyond Oasis in the US) leading the latest additions. There's still no Rocket Knight Adventures or Micro Machines 2; but to look at the list of 30 so far is to feel a very strong urge to hit that pre-order button.
Story of Thor / Credit: SEGA, Ancient
I mean, drink this little lot in, and try to tell me your nostalgia buttons aren't flashing like blinding neon rainbows (* indicates a new addition!):
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Ecco the Dolphin
Wonder Boy in Monster World*
Space Harrier 2
Story of Thor*
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition*
Streets of Rage 2
ToeJam & Earl
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Super Fantasy Zone
Thunder Force III
Mega Man: The Wily Wars*
Contra: Hard Corps
Ghouls n' Ghosts*
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle*
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium*
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 / Credit: SEGA
Now, I can only speak for myself here, but: plug this into my veins. And give me a Cyber Razor Cut while you're at it. Uh, all of my SEGA senses are tingling right now - and there's the Very Real chance that the Mega Drive Mini will get even better with the reveal of those final 10 games (which will probably happen at E3). I mean... unless they go and stick Shaq-Fu on this thing, they really can't go wrong.
(Okay, so Street Fighter II with a three-button pad isn't ideal, either... but some of us made do with swapping between punches and kicks back when, so shurrup, you. And y'never know - perhaps we'll get the option to buy this with a six-button pad or two? Japan is getting them, after all.)
It's shaping up incredibly well, basically. Do you think this looks the part? Okay, so there's still a few of those wish-list titles that we'd love to see, but, already: it's almost worth the asking price, isn't it? Let us know what you think about the SEGA Mega Drive Mini - we're on Facebook and Twitter.
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