In a nutshell: Earlier this year, Sega announced that it would be releasing a sequel to its original retro console, the Genesis Mini. The new mini will be based on the Genesis Model 2 and will come with over 50 retro games pre-installed, but as it turned out in July, US distribution is a little confusing and we now have a better idea why that is.

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AT statement Ars Technica, a spokesman for Sega of Japan told the publication that the new miniature console is actually a “Japan-only project.” In the end, Sega decided to make Genesis Mini 2 for Western audiences, but said the system could only be produced in small numbers due to the global semiconductor shortage.

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The Japanese company Sega said that the number of released Genesis Mini 2 consoles will be one-tenth of the total production of consoles. original Genesis Mini. We don’t know how many Genesis Minis were produced, so it’s difficult to determine production capacity. However, one tenth is significantly less, no matter how you slice it.

This Japan-only project explains why interested parties in North America must import the Genesis Mini 2. It is only sold through Amazon listing overpriced with a $21.99 shipping fee. At the time of writing, North American customers will have to shell out $128.64, plus any applicable taxes, to ship the mini console from Japan.

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That’s a lot more than the $79.99 price of the original, but not that far off what’s currently on sale on eBay.

Genesis Mini 2 will ship with over 50 pre-installed games including OutRun, Virtua Racing and Vectorman 2 as well as several Sega CD titles such as Sonic CD and Mansion of Hidden Souls. Personally, I don’t think the library is as strong as the one that debuted with the original mini console, but there are some gems I’d love to play with and the machine itself would make a nice addition to my mini console collection.

It starts October 27th.