The Sega Genesis is a game console best known for classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog. When the console first launched in the late 1980s, it was was designed to play 16-bit games from cartridges. But Sega eventually offered accessories including Sega CD and Sega 32X that allowed you to play games stored on optical discs and 32-bit titles.
In fact, the support for those and other accessories led to a niche hobby of assembling Sega Genesis “Tower of Power” systems.
So now that Sega is planning to launch a Genesis Mini (or Mega Drive Mini, depending on where you live), the Japanese company has gone all out and created an optional Mega Drive Tower Mini accessory.
It’s a pretty interesting way to appeal to nostalgic gamers who want to recapture the nostalgia of turning a small game console into an ugly, but powerful mess. But it appears to just be an aesthetic add-on: the Mega Drive Mini Tower doesn’t actually add support for 32-bit games or CDs.
The Mega Drive Mini Tower will only be available in Japan, at least initially, and it’s expected to sell for about $37 (3,980 yen).
Sega’s Genesis Mini/Mega Drive Mini, meanwhile, is already up for pre-order for $80 and it’s expected to ship September 19th.
Unlike the tower add-on, the mini console is not just a scale model of the classic game system. It’s a fully functional game system with modern ports (including USB and HDMI) and it comes with 42 games pre-loaded, and now Sega has released the full list of games that’ll be available… at least for the Japanese version:
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Alisia Dragoon
- Altered Beast
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- Castlevania: The New Generation
- Comix Zone
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Dynamite Headdy
- Earthworm Jim
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Eternal Champions
- Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Kid Chameleon
- Light Crusader
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars
- Monster World IV
- Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
- Road Rash 2
- Shining Force
- Shinobi 3
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Sonic The Hedgehog 2
- Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
- Space Harrier 2
- Story of Thor
- Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
- Streets of Rage 2
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Thunder Force 3
- ToeJam & Earl
- Virtua Fighter 2
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck