More games have been revealed for the still Japanese-only Mega Drive.
The cartridge titles are After Burner II, Columns III: Revenge of Columns, Megapanel, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Out Run, Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R, Splatterhouse 2, and Star Mobile. The SEGA CD / Mega CD games are Night Striker, The Ninja Warriors, and Starblade. So we’re up to twenty-two games now, and who knows what other surprises SEGA might bring.
SEGA has also announced a new controller: the Cyber Stick, which sounds rather phallic, will cost 19800 yen ($147). That’s pretty steep for a controller that will hit the stores on the same day as the mini console. The analogue-compatible controller originally came out for the Sharp X68000 back in 1990. Manufactured by Sharp, Denpa Shinbunsha’s Micomsoft division, and Union Electronics Co., the controller will be released by SEGA. They recommend the Cyber Stick for After Burner II and other three-dimensional shooters. You can see a picture of it below.
Almost three weeks ago, we wrote about why a mini-Saturn, for example, or even a midget Dreamcast, was not realised instead of another Mega Drive mini console: “Okunari Yosuke, SEGA’s classic hardware producer, told Famitsu in Japan that he had certainly considered “minisizing” the post-SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis generations, but the cost of manufacturing the parts would be too high if a mini console release of the SEGA Saturn or SEGA Dreamcast were made. On the announcement of the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Mini 2, Okunari said that some of us might have been disappointed by the announcement because it is not a Saturn or a Dreamcast midget console. The company itself had thought about doing this. Still, the coronavirus had stagnated the development of new circuitry. In terms of cost, they could only launch SEGA’s last two consoles at a rather high price point (even though the Dreamcast hit stores before the PlayStation 2, which eventually wiped the company out of the console market).”
The SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 will launch in Japan on October 27 for 9980 yen (~$74).