It’s a good time to be alive if you’re a Sonic The Hedgehog fan. First, there’s news that Deadpool director Tim Miller is developing a movie based on the video game character. Now old school gamers can get excited about playing Sonic on an old school console because the Sega Genesis is going back into production.
Outside of the United States, the iconic 16-bit gaming console is known as the Sega Mega Drive. Tectoy, a tech retailer in Brazil, is remaking the Mega Drive and is now taking preorders for $125. While Tectoy is producing and selling the consoles, they are made with Sega’s blessing, so they have all the classic design elements and the original branding.
Aside from the addition of an SD card reader, everything else on the Mega Drive/Genesis is exactly how you remember it, for better or worse. There is no HDMI port, just a standard A/V cable, and the console has that 16-bit CPU, which was state-of-the-art at the time, but is freakishly slow by today’s standards.
Still, there is something refreshingly quaint about the simplicity of the console, which helps explain the popularity of retro gaming in general. The Mega Drive comes with classic games like Out Runners, Sega Soccer, Golden Axe, Shinobi 3, and Sonic 3.