Sega is getting ready to release the second of its Genesis / Mega Drive Mini consoles, with the new micro-system arriving on October 27th worldwide.
The console will come pre-loaded with 60 Sega titles spanning both the Mega Drive and its Mega CD / Sega CD attachment, and the hook this time around is that the machine's design is based on the Genesis / Mega Drive 2, a revised version that arrived in 1993, five years after the launch of the original Mega Drive in Japan.
At first glance, the Mega Drive Mini 2 appears to be an accurate facsimile of the original machine, but eagle-eyed Sega fans will spot one notable difference in the western versions: they both come with a power switch rather than a power button.
The original Japanese model had a power switch, but, for some reason, when Sega released it in North America and Europe, it swapped out the switch for push-button power control. That difference doesn't seem to have been reflected in the Genesis Mini 2 and Mega Drive Mini 2, both of which retain the power switch of the Japanese model (albeit in a different colour). Also missing from the western versions is a small vent which was found in between the power / reset buttons on the OG Genesis / Mega Drive 2; this housed the red power LED.
As you can see from the images below, all of the new Mini models have the same switch power button:
Here's a photo of the original '90s Mega Drive 2 from Japan, which shows the same switch design:
The images below are the original western '90s hardware (Europe and North America), and both have a power button and a small vent in between the power and reset buttons:
It's likely that Sega has decided to do this in order to cut down on production costs, as it would have required the company to produce a different case design for the west. Even so, it's a shame that the Genesis / Mega Drive Mini 2 isn't quite 100% accurate.
Didn’t that small vent at the front have a red power led I can’t remember ?
@Gs69 I still have my original Mega Drive II from 1993 and can confirm is a red light under the grills between the two switches.
The price is already ridiculous for what is essentially a novelty item pandering to nostalgia (and I say that even though I own 4 different mini consoles already) but the lazy use of the switch, as petty as it may sound, is enough to put me off. I loved the idea of a replica of my first and probably favourite console and hoped that they would put in as much attention to detail as the excellent first model. If it was £79 like the first I could probably my let it go but for £105 it’s too much.
It is definitely weird but I'm not too fussed about it really
It's just not the same without the button
The price of this one has put me off more, for what it is.
@Gamecuber yeah it’s only a minor thing but like you say it puts me off buying one as well I have the mk1 mini MD with a ton of games on so I’m not too bothered and yeah the price seems a bit ridiculous
Still switches are better than buttons anyway!
(my md2 still works luckily.. and since i now have an analogue pocket my lust for mini consoles is over)
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