Nintendo enthusiasts seem to be getting most of the retro gaming love. In the past year or more we’ve seen the release of the NES Classic ($60) and the SNES Classic ($80). There are Analogue’s two consoles, the Nt Mini and the Super Nt ($190) too, which are more premium third-party consoles that have better sound, HD upscaling and actually play old Nintendo cartridges. There have been outliers, of course, such as the PlayStation Classic ($100), but most retro consoles have orbited Nintento’s universe.
It’s about time to give Sega some love, right?
Analogue announced that it’ll be releasing the Sega Mg – a $190 console that’ll play classic Sega Genesis, Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive games on your new TV – in April 2019. Like its other consoles, the Nt Mini and Super Nt, the Sega Mega won’t come with any games built-in. This means that you’ll have to already own the game cartridges to play them. Or you can buy them. But it also means that you’re not limited to 20 or 30 games that are pre-installed in many of the smaller and cheaper classic consoles. Additionally, Analogue has announced that it’ll release cartridge adapters that allow you to play other Sega old-school consoles, like the Game Gear, SG-1000, SC-3000 and Mark III. In total, Analogue says that the Sega Mg will be compatible with over 2,180 games.
The reason why Analogue consoles cost a little more than the “mini” retro consoles, is that they are designed to function with zero lag or distortion, and the 16-bit and 8-bit games of the past are all upscaled to look great in 1080p. The games will sound great, too, since the Mega Sg outputs “the highest quality digital audio”: 48KHz 16-bit stereo. Unfortunately, the Mega Sg won’t be shipping with any wireless controllers, so you’ll have to purchase those separately and they’ll go for around $25 a pop. If you have still your old three-button or six-button controllers, those will still work as you can plug them right into the Mega Sg’s controller ports.
Unfortunately, you’ll have wait until April of next year to get your hands on this new console – you can preorder it now, however – but for anybody wanting to replay their favorite Sonic or Street Fighter games in beautiful HD, and on the big screen, going a few more months hardly seems like that big of a deal.
The Sega Mg is available in four different colorways: white, gray and two black models with different accent colors.
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