The Sega Genesis Mini 2 will be in much shorter supply than the original

The Sega Genesis Mini 2 won't be sold at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, so it's an artful approximation of the system's apparent lack.
in great shape , The Sega Genesis Mini 2 won’t be sold at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, so it’s an artful approximation of the system’s apparent lack.

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The miniature console craze has since died down NES Classic And SNES Classic Pinnacle, fewer companies gave the concept a shot. However, Sega remains an exception, as it’s launching not one but two new retro-minded machines by the end of the year.

only one of them, Sega Genesis Mini 2Coming to the United States. And Sega confirmed to Ars Technica that the system in question will be in incredibly limited supply: “about one-tenth” the 2019 Sega Genesis Mini’s count.

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The news came as a surprising answer to an entirely different question. Ars reaches Sega shortly after Genesis Mini 2 announcedBecause we really wanted clarity on who was producing and shipping the system.

The Genesis Mini 2 was confirmed months after Sega announced A similar living room box for its Japanese audience, the Mega Drive 2, The “2” indicates that it is a follow-up to the 2019 concept, built only from Sega’s 16-bit console generation (this time with Sega CD games), with an entirely new selection of emulated classics.

Sega of America handled promotion and shipment of the 2019 Genesis Mini, while this year’s Genesis Mini 2, slated to ship on October 27, is handled entirely by Sega of Japan. For one, its official site is in English, but it’s Hosted in Sega’s Japanese Domain, More important, for interested buyers, is the Genesis Mini 2 Available only through Amazon US listingWhich claims that all purchases will be shipped from Japan – thus bypassing Amazon’s usual Prime shipping discounts and guarantees (and possibly burdening US buyers with customs issues).

My questions about the Genesis Mini 2 shipment were forwarded to Sega’s Japan corporate office, which eventually confirmed that the new small console was a “Japan-only project” for the company. A letter from the Sega president’s office reads, “The Sega Genesis Mini 2 could only be produced in small numbers due to global semiconductor shortages, so the company started with its order for the Mega Drive with a small western batch of the Genesis Mini 2. Opted to produce the Mini 2S.

“The number of units for this project makes up one-tenth of the total of the previous Genesis Mini,” the letter said.

May need to decide your pre-order

Since Sega never announced total sales figures for the original Genesis Mini, or other regions’ Mega Drive Mini sales, we can’t estimate exactly how low this manufacturing number is. Unsurprisingly, the original Genesis Mini seemed to fall somewhere between the massively sold out and underperforming, increasingly discounted fortunes of Nintendo’s own system. The disappointing PlayStation Mini of 2018, Upon its issuance, Genesis Mini stock remained stable and accessible through early 2020 (and .) May 2020 had its deepest remissionThese days, it’s no longer manufactured and hovers in the $160-200 range on both official retailers and eBay listings (up from its original $80 MSRP).

Most miniature consoles for the past decade have come and gone with only one or two manufacturing runs, Much to the concern of customers, Sega’s statement doesn’t indicate the belief that we should expect anything different from their latest machine—and it just happens Japan-only Astro City Mini VWhich will be like 2020 Astro City Mini (which I reviewed earlier) but this time includes a vertically oriented monitor and classic arcade games to match.

The statement doesn’t explain what percentage scaling may have been applied to the Mega Drive Mini 2 compared to the earlier Mega Drive Mini – but it doesn’t mention anything about the European model, which makes us suspect that Europe’s Sega will build a system that is loaded with multilingual games with the “Mega Drive 2 Mini” branding.

As of press time, Amazon’s U.S. the site still shows The Genesis Mini 2 is available for a price of around $103 – which is based on the Japanese yen since its announcement and is priced based on the Japanese yen. This update from Sega, Japan, suggests that anyone interested in a Western version of the Genesis Mini 2, which will include Western versions of some games and the original Japanese versions of others, shouldn’t hesitate to order.

Ars Technica has already ordered its Genesis Mini 2 hardware and is in contact with Japan’s Sega about getting its hands on the system ahead of launch. But in the light of this apparent shortcoming, my review of the 2019 original It can help you make up your mind before it’s too late to get it anywhere near the MSRP. Both the Genesis Mini models are built by the same team at M2 and apparently revolve around the same emulation core and interface. I mostly praised that system for its price-to-content ratio and dazzling emulation performance, and announced games on the system so far have included the serious Genesis and Sega CD classics at similar cost-per-game ratios (a sixK with a default bump for the -button controller as its pack-in option).

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