Yesterday, it was revealed that Sega is bringing its own "classic edition" system to market in the form of the Mega Drive Mini.
A micro-console pre-loaded with classic titles, the system was shown off during an event in Japan, instantly triggering speculation that AtGames - a US firm which has been making officially-licensed Sega consoles for the past decade - might be involved. Shortly before the reveal, Sega had spoken publicly about bringing AtGames hardware to Japan.
Following the announcement, AtGames tweeted this message:
This tweet has since been deleted, which would suggest that AtGames jumped the gun somewhat. Perhaps Sega wasn't happy that AtGames stole some of the company's thunder by pointing out that it, and not Sega, is responsible for the product, or maybe the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweet is the reason; AtGames' systems don't have the best reputation among gamers, and are plagued by poor quality emulation and bad audio.
At the start of the year, following our scathing verdict on one of its Sega products, an AtGames representative got in touch to tell us that its 2018 Sega system would feature improved technology and features; we assumed at the time it would simply be a revised Mega Drive clone, like the ones the company has been releasing on a regular basis for years.
Perhaps the Mega Drive Mini will indeed be a step up from previous licensed models, but the fact that AtGames is involved again this time around doesn't do much to inspire confidence; we wish Sega would take Nintendo's lead and create the software for this system internally, as Nintendo did with both the NES Classic and SNES Classic.