Sega has been touting their new miniaturised Genesis for a while now, and while there’s a lot of excitement around the fact that they’re the ones actually manufacturing it (unlike a third party such as AtGames) the final games list is ultimately what everyone cares about.

Originally, only ten games were announced of the final forty. While we still don’t have a full list, Sega has since announced another ten on the Famitsu live stream. They are as follows for the Western variants:

•Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
•Contra: Hard Corps
•Earthworm Jim
•Landstalker
•Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
•Sonic the Hedgehog 2
•Streets of Rage 2
•Super Fantasy Zone
•Thunder Force III
•World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

While the Japanese version will also include Musha Aleste, Bare Knuckle II, The Hybrid Front, Dyna Brothers 2 and Game no Kanzume Otokoyou (which is a Sega Channel compilation), it omits Castle of Illusion, Earthworm Jim, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master and Streets of Rage 2.

For a bit of a refresher, the original ten games of the Western version consist of:

•Altered Beast
•Castlevania: Bloodlines
•Comix Zone
•Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
•Ecco the Dolphin
•Gunstar Heroes
•Shining Force
•Sonic the Hedgehog
•Space Harrier 2
•ToeJam & Earl

While for the Japanese version:

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

The Mega Drive/Genesis Mini is scheduled for a worldwide launch on the 19th of September. It will sell for US$79.99 and include two full-size replicas of the Genesis three-button controllers. Modern nice-ities include an HDMI-output as well as four quick save slots per game.

To counter awful emulation that these mini consoles sometimes suffer from, M2 (of the Sega Ages series fame) has been tasked with the software side of operations. As a thoughtfully added extra, Yuzo Koshiro is composing the music for the main menu. His works include the likes of Streets of Rage series and The Revenge of Shinobi.

Check out the official website with pre-orders links here.

Brendan Meharry Brendan Meharry (139 Posts)

Growing up while the fifth generation of consoles reigned supreme meant that Brendan missed out on much of the 80’s and early 90’s of gaming the first time around. He either lacked the cognitive ability to play them, as naturally, he was a baby - or he simply didn’t exist yet. Undeterred, Brendan started a blog called Retro Game On in 2011. This followed his exploits as he collected and played everything he could get his hands on no matter what the release date. While RGO is mainly YouTube focused these days concentrating on video reviews and historical features, the itch to do some old fashion writing never went away. More recently, Brendan has been a staff writer for the gaming website, GameCloud, mostly focusing on the indie gaming scene in his locale of Perth, Australia.