AtGames is Powering the Sega Genesis Mini According to Deleted Tweet

Details emerge, then disappear about the Sega Genesis Mini.

News by Matt Kim, .

Last week Sega announced at its annual fan festival that the company will be releasing a Sega Genesis mini. However, aside from a physical model of the kit, no details of the games or its development were shared. Well, according to a now deleted tweet, we now know that the Genesis mini is being developed on AtGames hardware.

While the original tweet was deleted, our colleagues at NintendoLife was able to snag a screenshot from the official @ATGFlashback twitter account that announced that the Sega Genesis Mini in Japan will be "powered by the latest AtGames technology." The company added that the "new and improved" technology will be the same one powering the Sega Genesis Mini in US and other territories.

Source: NintendoLife

We don't know why the tweet was deleted. Either AtGames announced the new prematurely, or the move was in response to the negative tweets responding to the original message. The latter is a bit understandable as AtGames' previous Sega hardware offerings haven't been well-received critically.

While AtGames says that tech is new and improved, reviews of previous AtGames Sega products like the Sega Genesis Flashback have been panned. GameSpot compared it negatively to the NES Classic and previous iterations of the product haven't fared that much better.

The fact that Sega showed off the Sega Genesis Mini at SegaFES this year might suggest that the company will oversee the new mini console, which will hopefully ensure some quality. But at this point we would also feel that the product would be more interesting if Sega took the lead on the project as well.

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 5 months ago
    Even despite the fact that it's now emulated on Android rather than being a console on a chip like many older clones, AtGames' sound emulation is still off. Yet it's something to expect for next year.
    Edited April 2018 by SIGGYZtar
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  • Avatar for btsierra #2 btsierra 5 months ago

    Dammit Sega, this is why we can't have nice things.Edited April 2018 by btsierra
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  • Avatar for MARl0 #3 MARl0 5 months ago
    So it’ll just be another piece of garbage again. Good to know.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #4 LBD_Nytetrayn 5 months ago
    The latest one is a significant improvement over what's come before, even though it doesn't quite reach perfection. Another similar leap could do it.

    I am hoping that while the hardware may be AtGames, the software comes from SEGA or M2. I'm hoping that's what their seemingly greater involvement indicates.
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  • Avatar for chrisdood07 #5 chrisdood07 5 months ago
    Here is SEGA's Twitter. Tell them you don't want AtGames hardware in your Mega Drive Mini.
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  • Avatar for hellomrkearns #6 hellomrkearns 5 months ago
    Yikes...they deleted their ENTIRE Facebook.
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  • Avatar for riot-50 #7 riot-50 5 months ago
    So they made an announcement to say that they were gonna release a pile of garbage with a Sega logo on it?

    Interesting move Sega.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #8 Roto13 5 months ago
    Nah, no way is this going to be anywhere near on par with Nintendo's mini consoles if AtGames is involved with it.
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  • Avatar for LK4O4 #9 LK4O4 5 months ago
    That really sucks to hear. Looks like we're going to have to wait for Analogue to make a "Mega NT" before we can get a decent HDMI Genesis.
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  • Avatar for mobichan #10 mobichan 5 months ago
    Does anyone know who actually engineered the Nintendo mini consoles? If it wasn't internal, I would be curious if those folks could take a crack at Sega's hardware. Until then my Gen1 Genesis still works and so do all my emulators.
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