Sega has only announced the Mega Drive Mini 2 so far for release in Japan, but there’s a pretty cool accessory for it that seems to work with PCs and ship to the US. At the time of writing, Amazon has the Mega Drive Mini 2 Cyber Stick controller available for pre-order on its Japanese store, and as video game deals expert Wario64 (ad), the controller also ships to the US.
You can use the Cyber Stick controller with games like After burner II (a fighter jet game), night rush (where you drive an armored car to shoot bad guys), and starblade (a space shooter on track), according to the text on Amazon’s shopping page via Google Translate. Those three are among the 50 included games on the Mega Drive Mini 2, and you can get a brief glimpse of those games and a few others in this trailer from Sega:
I’ve never played any of the three games, but my colleague Richard Lawler describes: After burner II as ‘an absolute classic’, even without the luxurious moving case of the arcade version. So if you’re going to buy the Mega Drive Mini 2, it might be worth using the Cyber Stick to maximize the experience. The controller’s Amazon page also says it supports Windows 10 and 11, so it looks like you can plug it into your PC too.
The controller will cost 18,000 yen (which currently translates to just over $130) and will be released on October 27, the same day the mini console itself launches.