Earlier this year at an event called SegaFes 2018, the aforementioned company announced the Mega Drive Mini, a mini-console in the vain of the NES and SNES Classic editions. Today, PlayStation announced that they would be entering that market with the PlayStation Classic, while SEGA announced that the Mega Drive Mini has been pushed back to 2019.
This news comes from SEGA’s official Japanese Twitter account. Translated by DualShockers’ Giuseppe Nelva, the tweet states that the mini-console, which is being developed with the help of AtGames, became highly requested overseas. SEGA wants the Mega Drive Mini to be branded correctly depending on the region, and wants a simultaneous launch worldwide.
These demands likely cost stock-related issues, which likely resulted in the decision to push it back from its original 2018 release window to 2019. No specific release date or window was given, but we will be sure to let you know when one is revealed:
【お知らせ】セガフェス 2018で発表した「メガドライブ ミニ（仮称）」の発売を2019年に変更いたします。本年発売に向けて開発を行っておりましたが、特に海外のお客様からの反響が大きく、改めて北米は“GENESIS”、欧州は欧州版”Mega Drive”を再現したモデルを準備し、全世界で同時期に発売予定です。
— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) September 19, 2018
You can check out the announcement trailer for the mini-console below. SEGA’s Mega Drive Mini is now slated to release sometime in 2019.