The Sega Genesis Mini launched today, cataloguing several years of retro nostalgia into one tiny Genesis—or Mega Drive—shaped box. It's a good piece of retro hardware, but the rollout of a few bigger slices of nostalgia have some folks clamoring for a taste of tower-based power.
As part of the review process, Sega sent at least a few special "Tower" kits out to various media and industry people. These kits let you stack a Sega CD and 32x attachment onto the faux-Genesis, along with a game cartridge, to truly emulate the towers of yore. They are, of course, purely cosmetic; all the hardware inside the Genesis box is handling the emulation, but it does look extremely cool.
At the time Jacob Nahin, senior communications manager for Sega of America, said it was a very limited run sent to select folks, and that no announcement has been made about selling these kits in the west yet. Other regions were able to get a Mega Drive tower kit, but so far, the Genesis doesn't have anything. Unless, of course, people showed interest.
In a few follow-up tweets, Nahin indicates that interest in these kits might give Sega more evidence to justify the rollout of these to a broader audience.
May I suggest that I have an ulterior motive here? One that benefits everyone? I wanted to see if people would be interested in buying them, and needed evidence. Now I can communicate that around and go from there. It doesn't mean it will happen by any means at all, but...- Jacob Nahin (@JacobNahin) September 20, 2019
"This is where it begins," Nahin writes. "Justifying the COGs (cost of goods), shipping, storage, etc. budget costs that go into this."
It appears that if fans are clamoring for it, the possibility exists. Considering how solid of a throwback console the Genesis Mini is, as you can read about in our review, I'm sure the retro collectors and nostalgic gamers out there would be fairly interested in having a tower of power again, even if purely cosmetic.