Sega have announced a miniature version of the Sega Mega Drive.

Sega's Mega Drive Mini via Twitter (c)

Sega's Mega Drive Mini via Twitter (c)

The video game developer and publisher first released their legendary 16-bit Mega Drive console - which was known as the Sega Genesis in North America - in 1988, and in commemoration of the console's upcoming 30th anniversary, it has been announced that they will be releasing a miniature "classic edition" of the device.

Sega revealed the console in a picture posted to their Twitter account which features the small device on display at Sega Fest in Japan.

According to AtGames, whose technology will power the console, the so-called Mega Drive Mini will first be released in Japan, with a release coming to "the US and other territories later this year."

A tweet from AtGames' Twitter account read: "The rumors are true! Sega is going to release the Mega Drive Mini in Japan, powered by the latest AtGames technology. This same new and improved technology will find its way into the US and other territories later this year! #MegaDriveMini (sic)"

However, shortly after posting confirmation of its involvement with the console on social media over the weekend, AtGames deleted the tweet from their account, sparking confusion amongst fans.

It comes after Sega's COO said last week that the company was interested in getting back into the hardware business, following the phenomenal success of Nintendo's classic console rereleases.

A tweet at the time read: "Sega's COO says they're looking at getting back into the hardware game with a proper reissue of the Genesis/Mega Drive, no doubt inspired by Nintendo's wild success with the NES and SNES classic."

Sega's last console was the Sega Dreamcast, which was released in 2001.