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The Sega Genesis Mini/Mega Drive Mini Arrive September 19 [UPDATE]

Featuring 40 classic titles.

by Jelani James


UPDATE (3/30/2019):

In another announcement, Sega has revealed the price point for the Western versions of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Mini ($79.99 US / £69.99 / €79.99 / AUD$139.95), as well as the games that will be included with each. The ones listed in the original story are for the Japanese version.

Here are the first set of games, with the rest to be “announced intermittently over the coming months”:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier II
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes

Original Story:

Sega has announced that the long-awaited Sega Genesis Mini/Mega Drive Mini will launch worldwide on Sept. 19.

As you might recall, this project began life last year when the Mega Drive Mini was announced during Sega FES 2018 and was slated for release later that year. However, after seeing how excited fans overseas were over the mini-console, Sega decided to scrap their initial plans and come out with a Genesis model for North America and Mega Drive model for Europe that would be released simultaneously.

And at long last, that time will soon be upon us in a few short months.

Both consoles will feature 40 titles, with the first 10 among them being (U:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Puyo Puyo Tsu
  • Shining Force
  • Vampire Killer
  • Wrestleball
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Comix Zone
  • Rent A Hero
  • Space Harrier II
  • Madou Monogatari I

The pricing for the consoles in western territories are unclear, but in Japan it will be 6,980 yen (about $60) for the standard version, and for 8,980 yen (about $80) when coming with two controllers. And while on the subject of controllers, they will reportedly be the same size as the original’s, while the games will include a save-anywhere function.

So far, these mini-consoles are looking pretty decent. Of course, only time will see if things pan out in Sega’s favor — something that it should hope for, considering the generally negative reception towards the Flashback HD.


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