Mega Drive Mini Is Based on "New and Improved" AtGames Technology

Sega Ages Bringing Classics To Switch Beginning In Summer 2018

It's not now known if this console is based on the AtGames hardware Sega spoke about importing into Japan recently, but externally, the system seems to be all-new.

The same festival also saw the announcement of a Mega Drive/Genesis mini console, and a new title in the Sakura Taisen/Wars franchise was announced for a 2019 release with no platforms identified. It seems likely we'll see similar fare here, though that hasn't stopped me from maniacally daydreaming of seeing Skies of Arcadia show up on the Switch in this fashion (it absolutely won't).

GIF by Sean Hollister  CNET
GIF by Sean Hollister CNET

Sega Ages is a collection of Sega classic games that will be released for the Nintendo Switch this summer in Japan, the United States, and Europe. These games are being released under the Sega Ages label. 15 games were announced to be coming to the service, with only Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Thunder Force IV being named specifically.

Lastly, SEGA revealed that a new entry in the Sakura Taisen (known as Sakura Wars in the West) series is in the works. We don't know exactly when and where it'll launch, we don't know how much it's going to cost and who's going to produce it, and we don't know which games will make an appearance, nor how many.

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Hardware company AtGames appear to be handling the manufacturing side of things on the new console, responding to fan queries on social media and noting that the new official version will be "powered by the latest AtGames technology". The company also announced that it would be bringing a number of classic games to the Nintendo Switch this summer. As soon as there's any other details from Sega, we'll be sure to include them here, but in the meantime you'll have to content yourself with a snap from the Sega Japan Twitter feed.

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