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10 more Sega Genesis/Mega Drive mini games announced

Another 10 games have been confirmed for Sega’s all-in-one Genesis (or Mega Drive, if you prefer). The little console is sounding pretty great.


This “mini” is not to be confused with the other Genesis mini that saw release in 2017. That one was from AtGames, and continued both Genesis classics and… not-so-classic original titles. It was okay, but didn’t have the oomph that something like the NES or SNES Classic had in spades.

Enter Sega though, and developer M2, and there’s way more cause to be excited. M2, if you don’t know, has worked on Sega points before, specifically for the 3DS and the Sega Ages series. Bottom line, they know their way around 16bits of Blast Processing.

Want more reason to be pumped about this potential gem? Check out the games list. To start off, Sega announced the below 20 titles.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. Ecco the Dolphin
  3. Castlevania: Bloodlines
  4. Space Harrier 2
  5. Shining Force
  6. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  7. ToeJam & Earl
  8. Comix Zone
  9. Altered Beast
  10. Gunstar Heroes
  11. Castle of Illusion
  12. World of Illusion
  13. Thunder Force III
  14. Super Fantasy Zone
  15. Shinobi III
  16. Streets of Rage 2
  17. Earthworm Jim
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  19. Contra: Hard Corps
  20. Landstalker

For a while, that was it, but now another 10 games have been confirmed. Those being:

  1. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  2. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  3. Thunder Force III
  4. Super Fantasy Zone
  5. Shinobi III
  6. Streets of Rage 2
  7. Earthworm Jim
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  9. Contra: Hard Corps
  10. Landstalker

It’s pretty darn tough to not get excited for that. Sega is putting together a list of killer titles for this pack, including some of the best third-party games to hit the Genesis. The only bummer is that there aren’t any fighting games to be had.

The reason for that is simple – Sega is basing this entire package on the original Genesis experience. That means a three-button pad. And since they’re USB, it’s not like you can use your old six-button jobs either. So yeah, no fighting games. Have to save something for the follow-up though I guess.

And anyway, even without the Street Fighters and Mortal Kombats of the world, this is looking like the “classic mini” to beat in 2019. It’ll be landing at retail just before the Holiday rush too, on September 19th.

Pre-orders are open now.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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