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It's been firmly established that Sega loves licensing out their hardware. Not only from this most example, but all those plug in play units that look like Genesis controllers and which directly interfaces with a TV to play games. A staple of any gamer that has a last minute Christmas shopper in their household.

And these units have gotten progressively smaller, but Blaze's Sega Arcade Nano is easily the tiniest of its kind. Upon first glance, one can't help be reminded of those Street Fighter keychain arcade sticks. But those only make sounds, whereas this actually plays games.

It's powered by a single AAA battery, which operates the same library of games that has accompanied every previous iteration of like-hardware. Basically, Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Blast, Alex Kidd, and a few random non-Sega activities, like Air Hcokey and Checkers. Odd that Columns didn't make the cut this time.

It's available via Blaze directly. The only question is, since it's a UK product, if it'll work in America, due to the whole PAL/NTSC deal.

BTW, the actual closest thing thus far might be the Imagination Sound Game from Bandai. It enables one to play a completely audio driven Street Fighter experience. There's a few videos on YouTube that demonstrates the unit, but here's the only one I've found in which the person is actively trying to play the game, instead of just tapping buttons randomly.

[via Destructoid]