We've known about theand , but now it's official: The Sega Genesis Mini is set for release Sept. 19.
The price? $80 in the US, £70 in the UK and $140 in Australia.
Gamespot (a sister site to CNET) was among the first to report the news, which was announced at Sega Fest 2019.
The console will come preloaded with 40 games -- we know 20 of them, as of April 18 -- including:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Thunder Force III
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Shinobi III
- Streets of Rage 2
- Earthworm Jim
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Contra: Hard Corps
Sega plans to announce the rest of the games at a later date.
The new device will be based on the original Sega Genesis, not the second version that made the rounds toward the end of the console's lifespan. It comes packaged with two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB-to-Micro-B power cable and one HDMI cable. US customers will also get a power cable as part of the package.
The trend of rereleasing "mini" versions of once popular consoles was kickstarted by Nintendo with the (and later the ). Sony eventually followed suit with the . Ever since those consoles were announced, the countdown was on for Sega to follow suit.
Also worth note: The Sega Genesis will have its Sega Mega Drive branding in the UK and Australia. You can find out more, and preorder, at Sega's official site.
First published March 31 at 6:01 p.m. PT.
Updated April 18 at 8 a.m. PT: Adds more games.