Set for release during Q4 2020 and priced at $120 USD, the SEGA Astro City Mini arcade machine is loaded with 36 classic games, including at least one – Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder – that never saw a home console release. Unlike other mini arcade machines, this one has actual microswitches, so you’ll hear the clicky arcade sounds as you play. In the back, you’ll find an HDMI-out, two USB-A ports, a Micro USB port, and a headphone jack. Read more for a video of a homemade version, additional pictures and information.
The SEGA Genesis Mini is touted as the best out of all the miniature consoles, and it can be picked up for $49.99 shipped, this week only, originally $79.99. Featuring an ARM-based SOC ZUIKI Z7213 processor, 512MB of flash memory, and two full-sized replica controllers that connect through USB. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Sure, the Game Gear Micro may be the latest product from SEGA, but way back in 2007, the company released the Grand Pianist. It’s still the world’s smallest functional grand piano, and yes, it has self-playing capabilities. Measuring just 4mm wide, each one of the 88 keys work just like on a real piano, and there’s already 100 built-in songs (expandable with an SD card). Read more for two videos and additional information.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of SEGA (June 3rd), the company unveiled the Game Gear Micro. The original console was released in April 1991 throughout North America as well as Europe, and competed with Nintendo’s Game Boy, Atari Lynx, and NEC’s TurboExpress at the time. Since much of its hardware was sourced from the Master System, it can play that console’s games by the use of an adapter. Read more for a video and additional information.
The SEGA Genesis Mini console is touted as the best miniature console released thus far, and it’s being offered for just $49.99 shipped (June 4th ship date – order now to lock in price), today only, originally $79.99. It ships with 40 of the console’s most popular games, two wired controllers, a power cable, USB adapter, and an HDMI cable Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Retro-Bit is a company that specializes in releasing modern versions of classic game controllers, and their latest project is one based on the SEGA Dreamcast. Set for launch late this year, it will be offered in both wired and wireless models. The layout is similar to the original, but boasts an improved analog stick, a new D-pad, a six-button layout for fighting games, and re-positioned triggers. Read more for additional information.
Despite all the early issues with Sonic not looking like his video game counterpart, Paramount’s latest movie dominated global box office charts after debuting to $100 million worldwide. Filming took place between September and October 2018 in Ladysmith and Parksville, both on Vancouver Island. The film was initially scheduled to be released in the United States on November 8, 2019, but after an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the first trailer, Paramount delayed the film to redesign Sonic. Read more for two videos, including the after credit scene.
SEGA announced today that it will be rolling out Sega Catcher Online, a service that lets people to play real UFO Catcher machines online via their iPhones and Android devices. Simply put, this service enables users to control real crane game machines, such as UFO Catcher online, and can be played whenever and wherever, 24 hours a day. Prizes won in-game will be delivered to a specified address for free. Read more for a video showing how it works and additional information.
There’s the latest Korg ARP 2600 FS synthesizer, and then this one by Sam Battle, made from an old SEGA Genesis. Put simply, the game console was mounted to a metal sheet drilled with holes for potentiometers, or what one uses to adjust the parameters. Mounted out back are Arduino Nanos processors that run custom code, along with multiplexers connected to the buttons and dials out front. Yes, even the cartridge slotted into the console is a custom MIDI interface. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The SEGA Dreamcast was officially released on September 9, 1999 in North America, and was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. Unfortunately, it was also SEGA’s final home console, marking the end of the company’s 18 illustrious years in making game consoles. Many considered it ahead of its time when SEGA discontinued it on March 31, 2001 after selling 9.13 million Dreamcast units worldwide. Read more for a video and additional information.