Retro games hardware manufacturer Analogue has announced its take on Sega's Mega Drive, the Mega Sg, will now ship at the end of March.
The Mega Sg had been scheduled to land in April this year. Analogue revealed the release date had been brought forward on Twitter, along with more details about the console:
Mega Sg is shipping early. March 25th, 2019. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/TXYwVAxONL
— Analogue (@analogue) March 15, 2019
Fez developer Phil Fish has designed the launch features and user interface for the Mega Sg, while London-based Venezuelan musician Arca – who has worked with Kanye West and Björk – composed the boot music. A previously unreleased 23-year-old Mega Drive game developed by DICE, Hardcore, is included on the Mega Sg, retitled Ultracore for legal reasons.
Although it sports ports for original Mega Drive controllers, the Mega Sg can rock an 8BitDo M30. The console is region-free and compatible with the Mega-CD disc drive. It also comes with an adaptor to play Sega Master System games, and an adaptor to play Game Gear games (Columns, old pal!) is due later this year for an estimated $9.99 (£7.50).
Analogue adapted an old Mega Drive (it just isn't Genesis, sorry) ad to make its announcement, in what seems like a withering commentary on other retro hardware like the Hyperkin MegaRetroN HD, Polymega, AtGames' Mega Drive Flashback and Sega's own postponed Mega Drive Mini:
— ChoiAniki_ (@AnikiChoi) March 15, 2019
"We spent thousands of hours engineering each system via FPGA [Field Programmable Gate Array] for absolute accuracy," claims Analogue. "Unlike the knock off and emulation systems that riddle the market today, you’ll be experiencing Sega's 16-bit and 8-bit era free of compromises."
Sega announced in April last year that it would be, once again for the first time, entering the retro microconsole market with the Mega Drive Mini. The Mega Drive Mini was originally tipped to be produced in partnership with longtime plug-and-play console manufacturer AtGames, but Sega seems to have distanced itself from the company since. The Mini is expected to be released globally at some point during 2019.
The Analogue Mega Sg launches on March 25 for $189.99 (£142).
Featured image: Christopher Taber (Analogue)