Polymega, the all-in-one retro console capable of playing a wide range of classic cartridge- and CD-based systems, has certainly been slow to hit the market. It was originally announced in 2017 and pre-orders opened in September 2018.
However, a number of delays have plagued the console’s production since then, leaving many disappointed, and that’s not to mention the Walmart issue, which saw customers cancel their orders when the relationship between the retailer and Playmaji broke down. the manufacturer of Polymega. down.
However, after three years of waiting, the Polymega finally reaches the hands of those who commissioned it so long ago. Playmaji has issued a statement on its official site marking the fact that today, September 12, is the official launch day of the console, and that the units are on their way to consumers as we speak.
Playmaji CEO Bryan Bernal said the following:
Despite the challenging shipping environment presented by the COVID-19 pandemic that began last year, and other factors beyond our control at our Myanmar assembly facility in 2021, our team is excited to finally reach this critical launch milestone. and, furthermore, we are more than grateful. to our thousands of customers who stayed with us and believed in the vision of POLYMEGA® and what it could mean for the future of the video game industry.
We are now ready to advance to the next phase of this project, including the launch of our digital game store for the holidays of 2021 and a sharp increase in the production and availability of POLYMEGA® systems for 2022 and beyond.
Interestingly, the company also talking about a future “Element Module” announcement. Given that we already have item modules for the Mega Drive / Genesis, NES, SNES / Super Famicom, and PC Engine / TG16, it’s tempting to speculate on what might be announced next. Game Boy? Atari Jaguar? N64? Neo Geo AES / MVS?
You will no doubt see some photos on social media this week, as well as initial impressions, but in Japan, the console is already firmly installed under many gamers’ televisions due to the fact that Polymega’s Japanese distributor deliveries made on Sunday, September 11.
Interestingly, it seems that some Polymega consoles have made their way into Japanese retail outlets, selling for 48,000 yen ($ 435):
We reviewed the beta version of Polymega last year and concluded that the machine was “set to become a highly desirable piece of hardware for fans of retro.”
Please let us know if you have reserved the system and received a notification as to when yours will arrive by posting a comment below.