Image: GameArts

GameArts' Silpheed is fondly remembered as one of the most important Mega CD releases, thanks almost solely to its eye-catching visuals – a selling point that saw many fans cite it as Sega's answer to Nintendo's 3D blaster, Star Fox.

In reality, the real-time 3D in Silpheed was rather basic and limited mainly to the player's ship and enemies; the visually striking backgrounds were streamed from the disc and were therefore non-interactive. Even so, Silpheed is considered to be something of a classic, hence its inclusion on the upcoming Mega Drive Mini 2 mini console.

One Japanese fan is celebrating this impending release by taking a SA-77 Silpheed model kit and fusing it rather nicely with a custom-painted Mega Drive Mini (the original model).

As you can see, the combo is quite appealing, and makes us wish this was something that Sega offered in an official capacity.

Are you looking forward to playing Silpheed on the Mega Drive Mini 2? Let us know with a comment.