You might be thinking to you yourself, "But hasn't SEGA already released a mini Mega Drive?" If customers could expand the gaming library that comes with the machine with actual physical games bought from vehicle boot sales and retro gaming stores, that'd be a huge ace up Sega's sleeve that Nintendo doesn't now offer with its retro consoles.
"We will extend this initiative to the Saturn and Dreamcast with your continued support", he is quoted as telling the crowd at Sega Fes 2018. Sega has said that it will be coming in 2018 as part of the original console's 30th anniversary and to Japan first. "MegaDrive Mini" (provisional name) chose to be released in 2018! The programme is set to relaunch this summer, across Japan, North America and Europe, and is set to be the debut for a number of games outside of Japan.
This new may be a bit disappointing to Switch owners hoping the SEGA Mega Drive Collection would arrive on the console, but it's a start we suppose.
As you can see above, the console is tiny - it can't hold Genesis game cartridges. Apparently, this new retro console would be based on an improved version of the same technology that they apply. This will give Sega a huge advantage over Nintendo in terms of features. The studio was also involved in other retro re-releases from Sega.