After announcing a Mega Drive Mini 2 for Japan, Sega has decided to….KIND OF release a Genesis 2 in America. At the moment you can buy one, but that won’t be the case for long: Sega will only manufacture one-tenth the amount of Mini 2s that they made of Mini 1s. Sega of Japan is handling the whole thing and the miniconsoles have to be shipped from there, adding an extra shipping fee of $20 to the price of $99. In other words, this isn’t for everyone.
A month ago Sega of Japan revealed they were working on a sequel to 2019’s Genesis Mini, or Mega Drive Mini as it was called everywhere else. The first Genny Mini was part of the “mini consoles” craze from late last decade that saw rise to the NES Mini, SNES Mini, Playstation Mini and any other kind of miniaturized retro console from the 80s or 90s you can think of (except the N64).
Even though there’s no E3 this year we figured at least one company would move ahead with their big splashy presentation anyway. We didn’t think it would be Limited Run Games, but so far, they’re the only ones who have shown up. During a special presentation broadcast at 1 PM Pacific today, over 30 upcoming games were announced for release from the physical publisher, most for the first time.
Remember that “mini consoles” craze from a few short years ago? There were mini plug-and-play versions of the NES, SNES, Genesis, Playstation and even TurboGrafx-16. Every company that once had a console in the 80s and 90s had their turn and then the fad died out. This is why we’re kind of startled to be reporting that the Genesis Mini is getting a follow-up sequel mini in Japan.
On the next special occasion, give your significant other the gift of sight beyond sight with the Thundercats Sword of Omens. It’s real now!
For quite a long time, the bread and butter of collectibles company Cryptozoic has been figurines of popular characters, DC superheroes most prominently. They’ve come out with a lot of them by now. We suppose they figured they had to shake things up, because their latest product is just….PART of Batman. Specifically, his hand.
For those of you who don’t remember the 90s, there was once a ball made of hundreds of rubber strands called the Koosh Ball, named after the noise it made when it hit the floor. Koosh Balls could be safely thrown around the house as they were soft enough to not break anything (unless you threw them really hard against a lamp). They were massively popular and before long, everybody had a Koosh Ball or two around the house…which put their maker, Oddzon Productions, in an awkward position.
Now that Mario has his own line of Lego sets, his old rival Sonic the Hedgehog has been tapping his feet and griping, “Where’s mine already?” It’s finally here, or at least it will be in a few days…the Lego Sonic set.
As you know, the iconic anime Cowboy Bebop is getting a live-action adaption from Netflix next month. We don’t know yet what the series is like, but even if it stinks, it’ll increase awareness of the original. Funimation currently has it and they’ve announced a slew of new products and licensing deals capitalizing on any potential Bebop fervor. The bullet list includes shirts, posters, several different versions of collectible figures, and an undentified product from Funko (but they only make one kind of thing).
Weight of the world got you down? Don’t get mad, don’t stay sad — paint a turtle!
Holy Plasticine, Batman! McFarlane Toys has partnered up with department store chain Target to produce a line of Bat-figures themed around the classic 1960s Adam West series. You get Batman, Robin, the Joker, the Batmobile and the Batcave — each of the figures are six inches tall with classic articulation and two action word bubbles as accessories (POW! SOCK!) Let’s take a look at ’em…
Usually, when you hear about auctions for extremely rare and valuable games, they’re giant gross testaments to greed and gluttony, but this one’s a bit different. This time the end result wasn’t an already-rich man stuffing a few more millions into his vault…100% of the cash went to charity.