Last Updated on July 31, 2022
Just 10% of the previous SEGA Genesis Mini devices will be available with the relese of the SEGA Genesis Mini 2.
This unfortunate news may explain why no release date has yet been announced for the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 in the UK and Europe.
This information was uncovered by Ars Technica, during their investigation into who was manufacturing the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 and SEGA Genesis Mini 2.
“My questions about Genesis Mini 2 shipments were forwarded to Sega of Japan’s corporate office, which eventually confirmed that the new miniaturized console was a “Japan-only project” for the company. “The Sega Genesis Mini 2 could only be produced in small numbers due to the global semiconductor shortage,” reads a letter from the Sega president’s office, so the company opted to produce a small Western batch of Genesis Mini 2s alongside its order of Mega Drive Mini 2s. “The number of units for this project makes up around one-tenth of the total for the previous Genesis Mini,” the letter states.
So far, the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 has been announced for Japan and North America. In addition, a replica of the Cyber Stick, a rare controller back in the day outside of Japan, has also been revealed for simultaneous release.
But none of this explicitly explains the lack of details for any European and UK release. Of course the worst case scenario is that the console will not be released on these shores at all. Most likely is a very limited run for the SEGA Mega Drive 2 Mini 2 outside of Japan and North America.
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