Sega revealed the Mega Drive Tower Mini Zero in Japan. This is an expansion for the Mega Drive Mini, inspired by the add-on section for accessing Master System games in the original console. It is also designed to celebrate the upcoming lost judgment, which includes the Master System in-game. [Thanks, Game Watch!]
This extension was inspired by the Mega Adapter, which allowed the 16-bit Mega Drive to load cartridges and play games from its 8-bit predecessor, the Sega Master System. In the North American Sega Genesis, this peripheral was known as the Power Base Converter.
However, this mini tower will only serve as decoration for the Mega Drive Mini. It does not include an extension that actually adds playable Master System games. Sega confirmed that the release of the Mega Drive Mini Tower Zero is solely to celebrate the upcoming release of lost judgment on both official webpage and press release.
The company reminded people that: lost judgment will include a playable Master System console. In fact, the “game cartridges” that come in the decoration are based entirely on the list of 8-bit games available in the new title, such as Penguinland and Alex Kidd in Miracle World.
When Sega released the Sega Genesis Mini in North America and Mega Drive Mini worldwide on September 19, 2019, it also made the Mega Drive Tower Mini. The optional set added additional miniatures from the Mega CD and Super 32X. However, all those add-ons only acted as decoration and they wouldn’t affect the mini console lineup in any way.
The Mega Drive Mini Tower Zero will be available in Japan on October 21, 2021. It will have a price tag of 4,950 yen (~$45) including tax. The add-on only comes on its own, with the Mega Drive/Sega Genesis Mini having to be purchased separately.
Sega will release lost judgment for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X on September 24, 2021.
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