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Sega's Upcoming Genesis Mini Wrote Us A Nice Letter

Sega is joining the likes of Nintendo and Sony by releasing its own official micro-console, the Genesis Mini. And though we're months away from actually getting our hands on Sega's new hardware, it seems the Genesis Mini (called the Mega Drive Mini in Japan) is already feeling mighty nostalgic.

In a press release, Sega published a letter that purports to be from the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini. It's addressed to us — those who might've owned the original all those years ago and still look back fondly on the time spent with Sonic and friends.

The letter is below. And by the way, is it a little dusty in here?

My Old Friend,

I know it's been a while. Time moves forward, yet not a day goes by that you're not on my mind. I, the popular, star-console, you, the shy, unassuming kid, but we found common ground when we played Ecco the Dolphin together. You were so fast, racing through the Green Hill Zone with my pal, Sonic!

You sure knew how to play. The way that CRT hue hit your glazed over face as you spent another hour playing Castlevania: Bloodlines...We both knew things would change and that we'd move on to other great things, but lately, I've been thinking about spending time together once more. We didn't do what we were told, but we made a good team.

I look a bit different now. I'm much smaller. I'm packing 40 games inside my sleek, molded shell, and more blast processing power than ever before.

We lived fast and dangerously, together, playing the games some of the adults weren't too keen on (but you had the cool parents). We had the games your friends wanted to play, a whole stack of them. Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, and Earthworm Jim, to name a few.

Sure. there were other distractions (remember pogs?). I was never jealous though because we still had Altered Beast and Gunstar Heroes.

I will try to write more regularly. I hear there is this friendly meeting space called "social media" now where I can share more.

I hope to hear from you soon.

With love,

SEGA Megadrive Mini @-}–

Doesn't the term "blast processing" just take you right back?

The Sega Genesis Mini is scheduled to release on Sept. 19, 2019, a little more than 30 years after the original first arrived in North America. As far as price goes, you'll need to set aside $79.99 for the pleasure of playing your favorite Genesis classics. And so far, we only have a small list of the 40 games that'll eventually come with it. The Genesis Mini will include Ecco the DolphinCastlevania: BloodlinesSpace Harrier 2Shining ForceDr. Robotnik's Mean Bean MachineToeJam & EarlComix ZoneSonic the HedgehogAltered Beast; and Gunstar Heroes. More games will likely be revealed in the weeks and months leading up to the Genesis Mini's launch.

In the meantime, we'll be looking forward to a more modern Sega release – Judgment, scheduled to hit the West in June.