Mega Drive Mini 2
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Update #2 [Wed 29th Jun, 2022 14:50 BST]: Treasure's official Twitter account has reiterated an announcment made earlier today that Alien Soldier will be one of the games on the as-yet-Japan-only Mega Drive Mini 2 console:

[Announced in the AT-X special program " #異世界おじさん " channel "broadcast tonight] " #エイリアンソルジャー " will be included in " #メガドラミニ 2" released on October 27th!
We hope that the number of "Alien Soldier" players will increase.

Alien Soldier is a much-loved addition to the developer's roster of run-and-gun games, and currently sits at number seven on our reader-ranked list of every Mega Drive game available via Nintendo Switch Online (yes, it's part of the Expansion Pack tier).

The legendary developer recently said it was working on a "highly requested" title. While it isn't clear at present what the company was referring to, we have to assume it wasn't this, however good the news that this classic will feature on the upcoming mini console.

Update #1 [Fri 24th Jun, 2022 14:00 BST]: More games have been announced for the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 via a brand new stream. Keep in mind, of course, that these games are likely specific to Japan and should the console see a release worldwide, the line-up of games may be different.

  • Night Striker
  • StarBlade
  • Ninja Warriors
  • Out Run
  • After Burner 2
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
  • Megapanel
  • Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R
  • Columns 3
  • Star Mobile

Original Article [Fri 3rd Jun, 2022 12:35 BST]:

SEGA has announced the Mega Drive Mini 2, its next miniature console that will boast an impressive 50 games from the Mega Drive and Mega CD.

Announced during its ongoing broadcast (which you can still watch below), the console will launch in Japan on October 27th, 2022 at a price of ¥9,980 - that's roughly $75 / £60.

The first Mega Drive Mini launched back in 2019 and came complete with 42 games preloaded, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage II, and Kid Chameleon, and came bundled with 2 wired controllers for multiplayer sessions.

Confirmed games for the Mega Drive Mini 2 so far include:

Are you hoping for a western release for the Mega Drive Mini 2? Let us know with a comment!