Update: The bundle is now available for pre-order on Amazon Japan. Feast your eyes on these shots:
While the cartridge included is for Sonic the Hedgehog, it's notable that the game isn't actually on the Japanese version of the console. Seeing as most people will already own multiple versions, that's probably for the best, although it's nice to have the mascot's debut game present in spirit with this mini cart.
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Original Story: The full Japanese lineup for the Sega Mega Drive Mini was revealed earlier via a Famitsu livestream featuring legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro. After the initial ten games were announced, Sega surprised us all with two extra games on the system (also coming to the west), but the surprises didn't stop there.
With hype reaching dangerous levels for fans the world over, the presenters proceeded to pull out a miniature Mega CD (or Sega CD, if you prefer):
This was swiftly followed by a mini 32X, plus a mini Sonic & Knuckles-style lock-on connecting cartridge and a normal cart:
Calm down, though - these are not functioning miniature consoles and carts in their own right. Unfortunately, they're only cosmetic items enabling you to build your own tower of peripherals.
It seems that very few people knew about these surprise little extras, including the good folks at M2 who developed the emulation software running in the console:
The exact manner in which you can get your hands on this tantalising Sega stack is a little unclear due to our Japanese being a bit rusty. According to Famitsu, the 'Mega Drive Mini Decoration Kit' will be released with the console on 19th September, but we'll get more details in the coming days - rest assured, we'll update this article the moment we know. There's no word on a western equivalent just yet, but we can dream...
The full list of games for the upcoming console is looking pretty tasty regardless of which version you're looking at - check out our pre-order guide if you're thinking of getting one of these little beauties in September. Regardless of how you feel about the console, Yuzo Koshiro seems pretty taken with it:
How much would you be prepared to pay to have your own Mega Mini Tower of Power? Would you be able to do a side-by-side comparison shot with the real thing? Let us know with a comment.