Sega Joins In By Introducing A Genesis Mini

Back in the Summer of 2016, Nintendo re-introduced the world to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with the NES Classic Edition. This set the nostalgia world on fire, and combined with Nintendo’s famous ability to never produce systems in great numbers, made the mini system a hard-to-find hit. Seeing success, the company released a follow-up Super NES Classic Edition the next year. Sony followed suit and in 2018 released the PlayStation Classic (which wasn’t such a bit hit). Now, Nintendo’s fierce competitor in the 80s, Sega, is doing what Nintendid and is joining in the mini console field.

Yesterday at SegaFes (Sega Festival) in Japan, the company announced that they will be making a mini version of their SEGA Genesis (SEGA Mega Drive outside North America) to be released later this year. The Mega Drive was released in Japan in 1988, in North America in 1989, and other countries in 1990. The first Sonic the Hedgehog-titled game debuted on the SEGA Genesis and the character will appear on the mini console in some form, as each region (Japan, North America, Europe) will have a different selection of games onboard. Not all games have been revealed for the system yet, but here’s a sample of what to expect:

In North America:

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

In Japan, fans can expect:

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

Apparently Japan will also get a different controller from other regions, having six-buttons rather than three:

The SEGA Genesis Mini will retail for and releases worldwide on September 19. There will be 40 games included on the plug and play mini unit which comes with:

  • 2 wired control pads
  • USB power adapter
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable


You can see a comparison of the mini to the original in the image above, below is another view of the mini and original Mega Drive:



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