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With Nintendo and Sony jumping into the retro mini consoles, Sega couldn’t sit back. During the Sega Fes event in Japan last year, Sega announced a mini version of the Mega Drive (Genesis). Originally, the console was to release in Japan that same year but delayed to this year. Announced earlier today in Japan, the mini console will release this year globally. Japan will receive two variations. Mini console with one controller at 6,980 yen (roughly $60 USD), and with two controllers for 8,980 yen (roughly $80 USD). Western countries will receive the classic Sega console this year on September 19.

The Genesis Mini will include two controllers and 40 games for $79.99 USD. The Mega Drive, known in Europe and Japan will receive the same amount of games. Below is a rundown of those games officially announced for Japan and western countries:

Mega Drive Games for Japan

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Madō Monogatari I
  • Puyo Puyo Tsu
  • Rent-A-Hero
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Wrestleball

Genesis Mini / Mega Drive Games for US and Europe

  • 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

This is a strong list of games with potential for more. The mini console will come with four quick save slots and multiple language options, this includes the Japanese version as well, and will run at least 720p resolution. Details on what games are scarce. You can pre-order the Genesis Mini right now on Gamestop, other retailers to come. For more details, you can visit the Genesis Mini website and the Japanese Mega Drive website.

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