Sega has tried to jump onto the bandwagon, yet always seem to come up short. None is more evident than the Sega Genesis Flashback released last September. Originally priced at $70, the system now resides unsold on clearance shelves. Having bought one myself for $20, I can see the reason for the failings. Quantity does not equal quality.
However, just announced yesterday, Sega will attempt to release a ‘Mega-Drive Mini’ (Sega Genesis in North America) in Japan later this year to coincide with the consoles 30th anniversary. Only a prototype was displayed and not much information was given about the software or hardware contained within the system yet.
However, there is speculation within the company suggesting that Sega’s COO is looking to get back into hardware development. This has been a cue from the huge success of both of Nintendo’s classic console releases, which are enjoyed by most people despite a few obvious design flaws.
Sega has not cut its ties with AtGames though. Although Sega states that the company will only be working in distribution, the fans have no clue how much of a hand they will have in its development.
All I can do is offer my words of advice,
If you really wish to win over the fans who have stayed by your side through the good and the bad, take a closer look into what drove the success of Nintendo’s classic series. Spend less time on the number of games and focus more on fan favorites. Also, make a more user friendly interface. I have an official console, but it looks and feels like I’m playing on a cheap bootleg.
To all the Sega fans who are still hanging on with trepidation after so many flops and mediocre products over the past ten years, can Sega pull itself back up into the limelight? Which Mega-Drive/ Genesis exclusive games do you hope will be ported to this new mini console?