Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019

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by Winckle » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:31 am

Jaws does your TV have usb ports? Sometimes those give enough power for something like this, and it has the benefit of powering down the console when the TV is turned off. I use my Chromecast in one of my TVs this way.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - worldwide launch 19 Sep 2019
by Mafro » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:36 am

Winckle wrote:Jaws does your TV have usb ports? Sometimes those give enough power for something like this, and it has the benefit of powering down the console when the TV is turned off. I use my Chromecast in one of my TVs this way.

This is how I use my NES and SNES classic.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - worldwide launch 19 Sep 2019
by jawafour » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:45 am

Winckle wrote:Jaws does your TV have usb ports? Sometimes those give enough power for something like this...

My TV is pretty old but I think it does have a USB port. To be honest, I think I'm just looking for a reason to cancel, Winckle, so I'll do that :lol: . Not decrying the system, though, as it has plenty of cool games on it.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - worldwide launch 19 Sep 2019
by Winckle » Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:23 pm

Yeah I'm not a fan of these mini consoles. I think it's pointless tat and an emulator suite and some retro style controllers do a better job.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - worldwide launch 19 Sep 2019
by Corazon de Leon » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:17 am

I take the opposite view - for me they're a great celebration of the culture of retro gaming and I thoroughly enjoy having a row of them underneath my TV.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:15 pm



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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - worldwide launch 19 Sep 2019
by Pedz » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:16 pm

That sucks. Still, be good for me money wise :lol:

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Venom » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:02 pm

A hands-on review. He says the graphics upscaling is good.


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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Jenuall » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:17 pm

YOUTUBE FACE! :shock:

Glad to hear that it's a solid piece of kit though. :D

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Ad7 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:24 pm

U TOOB FAYS

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Abacus » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:29 pm

Absolutely love these mini consoles. I finally cracked and bought the NES one the other day, despite having many of the same games on the Switch online service (and on the Wii, come to that).

So, after prevaricating, there is no way I'm not getting the megadrive mini after all. Especially because it looks like a lot of love and care has gone into this - there's a lot of positive feedback everywhere for it so far.

And £70 seems like a bit of a bargain to play all these properly. Not sure I'll ever actually get round to playing them, though. I think I have begun hoarding games - take that, no deal Brexit!

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Jenuall » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:57 pm

Review embargo won't be lifted for a little while but this does seem to be getting very good reports from all the press that have had some time with it so far.

It may end up in my Christmas wish list this year!

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Preezy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:26 pm

I will probably come to regret cancelling my pre-order :dread:

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Abacus » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:08 pm

To be honest, it's not something I need.

But I think that's why it's appealing; it's kind of a treat. Right now, that NES classic is still in it's box, but I just can't help just holding the pretty packaging, looking at the box art and chortling away with joy. Yeah, I'm worth it. :datass:

Buy a brand new game for c.£50, or pay a little bit more for a whole machine, with two controllers to play co-op or competitively, a stack of nostalgia, and the likelihood that it'll be hacked in roughly 25 minutes should you be inclined.

The hacking bit is interesting, because I haven't actually done it to any of the classic consoles (and may well never get around to it due to acute diagnosed idleness), but just the fact it's an option and seeing what other people do with it makes the whole thing more exciting.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:17 pm

Abacus wrote:To be honest, it's not something I need.

But I think that's why it's appealing; it's kind of a treat. Right now, that NES classic is still in it's box, but I just can't help just holding the pretty packaging, looking at the box art and chortling away with joy. Yeah, I'm worth it. :datass:

Buy a brand new game for c.£50, or pay a little bit more for a whole machine, with two controllers to play co-op or competitively, a stack of nostalgia, and the likelihood that it'll be hacked in roughly 25 minutes should you be inclined.

The hacking bit is interesting, because I haven't actually done it to any of the classic consoles (and may well never get around to it due to acute diagnosed idleness), but just the fact it's an option and seeing what other people do with it makes the whole thing more exciting.


I'd be interested to hack on some select Mega CD/32X games, just to get a more authentic experience than a PC emulator. The three button pad limits the practicality of something like SNES games though.

But hacking it is lower on my list of priorities than it was with the SNES Mini. Even with the PC Engine Mini all I would want to do is translate some of the Japanese games.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Jenuall » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:24 pm

It's just USB ports for the pads on this isn't it? So it should be easy to plug other stuff in and overcome the limitations of the 3 button pad!

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:26 pm

Jenuall wrote:It's just USB ports for the pads on this isn't it? So it should be easy to plug other stuff in and overcome the limitations of the 3 button pad!

Yup. But by default it's the 3 buttons.

I'm planning on an 8bitDo M30 and one of the wireless adapters.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Abacus » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:47 pm

I tell you what, I absolutely love 8Bitdo.

I've already used their adapter to use the DS4 on the playstation classic. Nothing wrong with the originals, but it's a huge quality of life improvement to be able just to use the analogue stick with some games - even the terrible rainbow six game becomes a bit more playable. Not only that, but it'll let you use it to mess with the settings and change things from PAL to NTSC. So I suppose that is sort of hacking, but I don't count that.

And then there is the SN30 pro controllers - on a lot of games it's my preferred controller. Even with the Switch, I often prefer it to the official Pro controller depending on the type of game. I played Switch using it with a woman who'd never played the SNES, and she raved about the design of it. It's always been a proper classic design, faithfully done and updated here, and particularly for people without massive Xbox hands.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:58 pm

Abacus wrote:I tell you what, I absolutely love 8Bitdo.

I've already used their adapter to use the DS4 on the playstation classic. Nothing wrong with the originals, but it's a huge quality of life improvement to be able just to use the analogue stick with some games - even the terrible rainbow six game becomes a bit more playable. Not only that, but it'll let you use it to mess with the settings and change things from PAL to NTSC. So I suppose that is sort of hacking, but I don't count that.

And then there is the SN30 pro controllers - on a lot of games it's my preferred controller. Even with the Switch, I often prefer it to the official Pro controller depending on the type of game. I played Switch using it with a woman who'd never played the SNES, and she raved about the design of it. It's always been a proper classic design, faithfully done and updated here, and particularly for people without massive Xbox hands.

I got the SF30 Pro for Christmas and it's my default controller for everything now. It's fantastic. Just a shame you can't get that one anymore and have to get the SN30, which has a slightly less SNES look to it.

I'm hearing very good things about the SN30 Pro+ as well.

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PostRe: Sega Mega Drive mini - UK/ Europe launch 04 Oct 2019
by Abacus » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:47 pm

I tell a lie, it seems, having googled it, it's the SF30 I've got as well.

Didn't realise they'd stopped doing those, though you can still get them on amazon, having looked just now.

It's really not often you can say a third party pad is at least as good as, if not sometimes better than, the official pads.

In fact, when playing with friends, a key part of gaming was always a race to see who could avoid the unofficial pad, and would then spend the entire time complaining about it and blaming it for every defeat. Unless it had a turbo button


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