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Sega's Mega Drive Revived!

Believe it or not, the old Mega Drive gaming console is making a comeback in a region-free incarnation, although it won't be released by SEGA.

In all actuality, the upcoming Mega Drive remake isn't the first console revived by Blaze International. Previously, the company released its version of the Sega Mega Drive as a handheld, packing in old Sega classics such as Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Sonic and Knuckles, Alien Storm, and sixteen other games. Now the company is launching the full-blown console, and unlike the handheld version, it will plug into the TV, have gamepad support, and feature a cartridge slot. Needless to say, it's definitely a clone of the original classic Sega console, however, as many sci-fi fans have come to know about cloning, sometimes the process leads to a deadly end-result.

 So what's the big deal? That's a good question. Many hardcore gamers can just pick up the old Sega Mega Drive right off eBay. Of course, the benefit from picking up the Blaze International version would be that it's brand new, perhaps even improved over Sega's early 1990's technology. In addition, the Blaze version isn't region locked, meaning that owners can purchase and play Sega games from any continent, whether it's a Japanese role-playing game (granted they can read Japanese) or a rare title only released in Europe.

According to the company, the new Blaze Mega Drive will feature a slimmer design, two control pads, and fifteen games built right into the console including Altered Beast, Golden Axe and Sonic and Knuckles. However, Blaze's new offering won't come cheap when released on April 24, costing fans a whopping $53 USD (£38/ €41). At that price, it seems rather silly to get the device at all. But if hardcore gamers are anything like this one, it will wind up in the "console museum" anyway, that marvelous collection of cartridges, consoles, controllers and disks that the significant other is begging to dump in the trash.