The Sega Mega Drive Mini is tantalisingly close to release, but fans in Europe will have to wait a little bit longer than first thought to get their hands on one.
The miniature release - which will work in a similar way to Nintendo's very own NES and SNES Classic edition consoles - was scheduled to launch on Thursday 19th September 2019. The European release date has been pushed back by a couple of weeks, however, with a new date of 4th October being provided by Sega.
The folks over at Eurogamer have shared a statement from Sega which discusses the delay. Here's what it had to say:
"We are committed to a successful launch for consumers in all territories, and this step will ensure we can meet demand and fulfil all the individual pre-orders and retail orders in Europe and the Middle East at the same time.
"Customers in those regions are still able to preorder from participating retailers and those who have already preordered will only have to wait an extra two weeks for their little box full of retro magic."
If you're looking to secure your own Mega Drive Mini, hopefully this full guide on pre-order options and console information will come in handy. 42 games are included on the system, so we're sure there'll be something for everyone.
[source eurogamer.net, via twitter.com]
wow Sega delaying even more EU releases. The Judgment DLC that came out weeks ago in all other regions is still not out in Europe and no announced date.
I hope the emulation will be great. The delay sucks but there is plenty to play for me.
Yep, that's all I can think of to say Mr website sir.
Hopefully, the delay is for 6 button controller inclusion
@jobvd Since they are not using FGPA emulation, it's "ok".
No Mini console have used FGPA emulation so far to make emulation accurate.
@Xelha Sega Europe HQ is located in UK, so It's not surprise why it is problematic for the rest of Europe country.
It's not even a month later. No big deal.
So Sega are prioritising other regions, and ignoring selling their retro console in the region that the original sold best in... Yer, that's well planned.
Oh 2 weeks that's nothing IMO. I thought it was going to be 2 or 3 months or something.
@BacklogBlues Same here. The headline is a bit dramatic. He should have added "...two weeks".
I am more annoyed than is really warranted by that Master System-y background on the article's picture...
Maybe it's not that much, but when you've been looking forward to a release because they have been building the hype the way they did, and you have to wait until the end of the summer, even a couple days hurt.
If they made the cart slot work I would buy one.
That’s too bad, but it’s not too long of a wait. I live in the US, I won’t be surprised if it gets delayed here.
No problem, with Spyro and Link's Awakening coming out I couldn't fit it in the game budget for september anyway
I’m fine with this. September was going to be an expensive month, now it’s not so bad.
@Ventilator To be fair, FPGA is not inherently more accurate. The recent FPGA consoles from Analogue are of course extremely accurate, but that's simply because of the effort they put into accuracy. Similarly, software emulation can be extremely accurate as well, depending on the effort and focus placed on accuracy - see Higan and Mesen for examples. With that said, it's likely the emulation here will not be extremely accurate, but we'll have to wait and see.
@RevrsblSedgewick it’s not a master system background I had a jap md in the nineties and that’s what the background was like on the box
Two days after my birthday though, so it will feel like a wee present.
PS. I think it would be nice of Sega to give everyone who pre-ordered in Europe and the Middle East a little bonus or something for the inconvenience.
Comic books constantly get delayed (*cough Doomdayclock #11 *cough) * couple of months - so 2 weeks is actually nothing for me
Heh. Bet my Tower of power from Amazon Japan turns up before my U.K. Megadrive Mini now.
@NintendoPete doomsday clock was originally supposed to come out monthly, I think they were only one issue in when they switched to bi monthly so you could argue that issue has been delayed over a year!
@Gs69 Good knowledge! I stand corrected.
That's true but at least the first couple of issues did release bi-monthly while issue 11 keeps getting delayed, unfortunately. I don't believe anymore that Doomsday Clock will have a lasting impact on the DC Universe as it was suppose to have which is sad cause I really like it and Geoff John's writing style.
@NintendoPete fair enough, yeah the prospect of an unprecedented Watchmen crossover got me into reading comics regularly again! I've been collecting all the issues and every single cover for it but I am waiting to read it until it all comes out! I'd say I can't wait but I probably have about 200 comics in my backlog to get through, I think I'm sorta past the drowned earth crossover, first 6 issues of (bendis) action comics, first 6 issues of Catwoman sort of area so I'm about 8 months behind!!
@jobvd Delay? This is M2 Boiiiiiii this will be perefect.
@YANDMAN will this really be perfect? M2 isn't always perfect to begin with.
@jobvd Name me some M2 prodcuts in the last two years that have been problematic?
@YANDMAN didn't the megaman collections have lag? Not saying that I experienced it myself but to claim m2 is flawless seems far fetched.
No big deal - anything to avoid the NES mini shortage fiasco. Well done Sega on doing the right thing here.
to editor - this article should be tagged under retro.
@jobvd Well i have all the Mega man collections and i've never experienced any lag on them. So a company that's been converting games for the better part of 30 years and the evidence against them is some possible lag on one set of games that you cannot personally vouch for, but read on the internet. Good case Holmes.
@YANDMAN I have no idea why you're replying in this agressive tone against what I said. I made clear that the lag is not something that I noticed but it bothers others. Nobody has been able to actually test the megadrive mini in detail yet you presume it will be perfect based on nothing.
@jobvd I'm not being aggressive, i just find it annoying when someone like yourself cast assumptions about a product being less than it could be when like you said it isn't even released yet and the company in charge have basically the best track record of anyone out there right now. If you had legitimate experience or reasons as to why M2 in your view might not deliver a perfect product then that would be a different matter but you dont. I've seen it play tested by many people on youtube and nobody that i have seen has a bad word to say about it.
@YANDMAN You find it annoying that I cast assumptions? You're casting assumptions yourself. M2 is great but not perfect to some. That is all I said and the point stands.
@jobvd What am i casting assumptions upon?
@YANDMAN read these words: This is M2 Boiiiiiii this will be perefect
Well based on the peformance of their last ten releases this is 100% accurate.
@YANDMAN it is 100 % an assumption. And according to some people m2 isn't perfect emulation. You have no point and assume things and you sound like a m2 fanboy. I'll just wait and see how this megadrive mini turns out. All the mini sega consoles of the past have been terrible.
@jobvd Yep all the past Sega mini consoels have been terrible because they weren't made by Sega, this one is. As i mentioned before there are at least six videos that i have personally seen of the system being tested with nothing but positive feedback. Unless all these people are wrong? I am not a fan boy of anything but i do respect peoples skills and the good projects that those people release. There is a reason that everyone under the sun looks to M2 for their conversion projects.
@YANDMAN I can find a lot of lag tests and so can you. M2 is not perfect and I'll wait and see how this turns out . At this point we're just repeating things and you keep showing your fanboy bias.
@jobvd Oh come on, now you're really hurting me with these fanboy accusations, nobody like s a cyber bully.
@YANDMAN Your words: This is M2 Boiiiiiii this will be perefect
@jobvd Yep and i'm 100% right.
@YANDMAN that's your fanboy mind talking
@jobvd yeah that and simple facts.
@YANDMAN In your fanboy world maybe. In the real world megaman is laggy and contra has messed up sound.
@jobvd You sure about that? Or did those slight issues get tweaked out on the first patches for both games?
@YANDMAN even if patched m2 is imperfect. Must hurt you as a fanboy.
@jobvd Yeah it does really hurt
@YANDMAN Told you.
@jobvd You know what they say ' No pain, no M2 gainz '
@YANDMAN never heard that saying must be a m2 fanclub thing
@jobvd Yeah it is, along with per excellentiam virtutis
@YANDMAN virtua racing on the switch is far from perfect or accurate. that is m2 today
this will be a cheap system with cheap cpu, don't expect miracles
@arty77 He doesn't want to hear this
@arty77 Virtua racing is whaaaat? are you mental
@YANDMAN why are you surprised?
@YANDMAN Virtua racing is whaaaat? are you mental
@jobvd It's the finest version of the game that exists, an experience better than the original, what else do you need to know about it.
@YANDMAN as I said, while m2 seems perfect to you it is not to others.
@jobvd So are you saying that it isn't the best version of the game?
@YANDMAN where did I say that
@jobvd So what did your previous comment pertain to?
@YANDMAN what is that you don't understand? I said m2 is not perfect to some people, as can be read in some of the above posts. Nowhere did I voice my own opinion about virtua racing.
@jobvd I see, sorry. Either way the only other comment made here by somebody else with regard to M2 was about Virtua Racing and whether that person thinks that its not up to scratch or not is irrelevant. The superior quality of that port is documented and proven and cannot be argued with. Someones feeling doesn't overide technically facts.
@YANDMAN I don't agree. I guess lag doesn't exist to you either and voiceclips weren't missing in contra either.
@jobvd I was clearly talking about Virtua racing but as you have no arguement there as there is none we can again go back to other ports. Yes those games did have these minor issues at launch abd yes they were fixed very quickly. The facts are anyone who knows anything about conversionbs or porting consider M2 to be the best, you for some reason choose to deny this by focussing on minor issues which were fixed. My whole point of this conversation and still is that i simply don't understand why people such as yourself have to doubt a product or game so much from someone with an obviously good and proven track record. You can insert ' ' one of my quotes here about again about perfection again. I will also yet again state that the Mega Drive mini has been played and tested by lots of people with videos posted on youtube that you can go and witness for yourself right now and with nobody reporting any issues with emulation, or lag or anything else. Now i know that this isn't a Digital Foundry level of scrutinee but if there were obvious faults, then they would be exactly that. The other huge factor here is that SEGA have so much to prove and lose on this systems release and taking into consideration the comnplete relaunch of the ptoject and the delays relevant to that do you really think they are going to risk releasing a poor product? It would be financial suicide.
@YANDMAN there is no need to make long posts to reconfirm your fanboy mentality. As I said before, and the point stands, m2 might be perfect to YOU but it is not to EVERYBODY.
@jobvd Yeah i see what you mean.
@YANDMAN that best port still not good enough. road color, picture movement when breaking/accelerating, zero content. I am sorry I expected MORE (and not only on a handheld but on my regular consoles!)
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