Mega Drive Mini 2 launch plans in Europe have been confirmed by Sega. The release of the little console had already been announced for Japan and the US, but Europe had only recently been added. On October 27, the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 / Genesis Mini 2 will go on sale in Japan, North America, and Europe.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 will be available for pre-order in Europe starting in September, according to Sega’s statement in the description of the just-released video above, which lists the full catalog of western titles.
Sega also unveiled the console’s complete Japanese game lineup during a live stream on Friday. Several brand-new games and new ports were among the announcements in the last round.
New releases included Party Quiz Mega Q 2022 (available only in Japan), Party Quiz Sega Q (also available only in Japan), and Devi & Pii, which Takashi Iizuka made right before joining the Sonic 3 development team. Super Locomotive, Puyo Puyo Sun, and Space Harrier 2 feature new Mega Drive ports that have been added (the latter being an enhanced port with smoother scrolling).
Due to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors, a Sega spokesman recently told Polygon that the Genesis Mini 2 will only be available in a supply that is one-tenth that of the Sega Genesis Mini from 2019.
According to them, the product may have initially only been released in Japan, but after discovering that at least a few of those units might be sold on Amazon.com, money was set aside to produce the North American version.
The Sega Mega Drive Tiny 2 (sometimes referred to as the Genesis Mini 2 in the US) is a new mini system for Sega’s vintage games that was first unveiled back in June. The “sequel” would imitate the classic 16-bit Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console and run 61 games for Mega Drive and Sega CD, just like its predecessor, the Sega Mega Drive Mini, which was released in 2019. (40 games were released on the first console).
The business recently unveiled the complete lineup of games that would be playable on the “new” platform, including Sonic 3D Blast, Golden Ax II, Phantasy Star II, Ecco the Dolphin (CD Ver. ), Final Fight CD, Sonic the Hedgehog CDs, etc.
Night Trap, a 1992 Sega CD release that was re-released in 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, will among other things be playable on Sega Mega Drive Mini 2. It is an interactive horror game. It was formerly considered to be so gruesome and “scary” that Toys ‘R’ Us, a renowned toy retailer chain, removed it from the market.
The final SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 game is a SEGA themed quiz game starring Takenobu Mitsuyoshi! pic.twitter.com/Mv8kgLjbbi
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The publicity surrounding it even prompted the establishment of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). This nonprofit company has been testing and rating video games and other entertainment software available in Canada and the US since 1994. On October 27 of this year, the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 (also known as the Genesis Mini 2) will go on sale in both Europe and the US.
Sega has revealed all the titles that will be available for the platform along with this release date announcement. This collection includes the FMV Night Trap, which challenges players to keep a close check on a sleepover while preventing vampires from infiltrating the celebrations. Check it out because it is hilariously funny unintentionally. Other games include Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Streets of Rage 3, and Golden Axe 2. The tweet from Sega below has a link to the trailer promoting each of these titles.
The Mega Drive Mini 2 will include a 6-Button Control Pad in place of the original console’s three buttons and is based on Genesis 2. If you can’t wait till October but still need your Mega Drive dose, visit the Nintendo Switch Online membership service. Titles like Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Zero Wing can be found here.
The whole game library for the old Sega Genesis Mini 2 (or Mega Drive Mini 2) system has been officially unveiled by Sega. While the majority of the pre-installed titles that the retro console will ship with when it comes on October 27 shouldn’t be a surprise, the fact that the machine will come with Sega’s most infamous and divisive game ever is somewhat unexpected.
You can find the complete list of games included in the Mini 2 at the bottom of this post. It’s sufficient to know for the time being, though, that the antique hardware’s pre-installed selection is…eclectic. The system will come with the customary assortment of timeless classics (Phantasy Star II, Streets of Rage 3, Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Herzog Zwei, and others), but it also comes with a good number of titles you’ve probably never heard of. Actually, Devi & Pii and Star Mobile were the first two games ever to be launched for the console.
However, Night Trap is without a doubt the title in the Genesis Mini 2 roster that first screams out at me. For those who are unaware, Night Trap was initially made available for the Sega CD in 1992. It is more frequently and more appropriately referred to as an interactive movie.
You are tasked with keeping an eye on several surveillance cameras directed at a group of girls who are trying to host a sleepover in a vampire-infested home. The game will occasionally ask you to set off a trap and capture a vampire before it can attack. But in the end, you end up spending the majority of the game watching a terrible movie about an especially dull sleepover.
Night Trap was regarded as one of the worst video games ever for a long time. Although the game’s fundamental gameplay wasn’t too dissimilar from earlier FMV hits like Dragon’s Lair, the title’s terrible acting and writing (not to mention the stunningly poor video quality the Sega CD is known for) made it difficult to enjoy what little interactive entertainment it did provide in any way that was truly enjoyable.
Night Trap’s controversial participation in the 1993 U.S. Senate hearings on video game violence, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the ESRB, naturally sparked more controversy than anything else. Some senators found it difficult to watch Night Trap’s live-action depiction of violence being committed on “scantily dressed” young ladies.
The fact that there was a tonne of films that were much more violent and contained more severe versions of the same material was irrelevant. People in positions of authority were terrified by video games at the time, and Night Trap emerged as one of this moral panic’s more notable manifestations.
In reality, shortly after it was presented to the committee, Night Trap was taken off the shelves of every Toys “R” Us and Kay-Bee Toys location, but other violent video games, most notably Mortal Kombat, were still available in the majority of stores. It must have been simpler to “pick on” Night Trap in certain ways. Although its retail removal was motivated by silly moral concerns rather than the item’s quality itself, it was never going to be a best-seller and only a small number of people were actually sad to see it leave.
However, since its release, Night Trap has had a bit of a cultural reconsideration. Few people are willing to describe the game as a misunderstood masterpiece, but there is a widely held belief that it is better appreciated as an intentionally campy homage to horror movies in the style of Roger Corman. It’s a rare instance of a “so awful, it’s good” type of game that is at the very least generally regarded as a cultural oddity that perfectly encapsulates a particular gaming age.
Night Trap’s reevaluation in recent years has resulted in remasters, rereleases, and now, an official place in Sega’s hardware memorial to their heyday. It’s surely surprising to imagine that Sega would go so far as to openly embrace a game that most people formerly wanted nothing to do with for anyone who grew up around the Night Trap release turmoil. Just goes to demonstrate how healing powers of time and nostalgia truly do exist.