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Sega Genesis Mini And Mega Drive Mini Release Date Revealed - VGChartz
Sega Genesis Mini And Mega Drive Mini Release Date Revealed

Sega Genesis Mini And Mega Drive Mini Release Date Revealed - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2019 / 1,630 Views

SEGA announced the Sega Genesis Mini and Mega Drive Mini will launch worldwide on September 19. The standard version is priced at 6,980 yen, while the two-controller version is priced at 8,980 yen.


The mini console will include 40 titles that differe between the North American, European and Japanese versions. Here is a list of 10 confirmed titles for the Japaense version:

  • 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
Thanks Gematsu.

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10 Comments

Mr Puggsly (on 30 March 2019)

Wow, another little box that plays Genesis games? Thanks Sega. Its not like I want Sega CD, Saturn or Dreamcast games. Sega also has massive library of arcade games. But more Genesis games is so fresh.


hush404 (on 30 March 2019)

Maybe if this does well they'll explore other consoles? I get it though, the other systems rarely get love.


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VAMatt (on 30 March 2019)

The others rarely get love, and Genesis has had a thousand mini versions over the last 20 years. Certainly the Genesis era was sega's high point. But, they have 40 years worth of games now, they don't need to keep rehashing the same five or six years worth. years


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Azzanation (on 31 March 2019)

The other consoles you want them to make didn't do to well. Genesis is Sega's most successful console. I want a Mini DreamCast and Saturn but I think they know that those systems are hugely unpopular to the general public.


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Mr Puggsly (on 31 March 2019)

While the Sega CD, Saturm and Dreamcast were failures they have objectively strong games in their libraries. Some of which thrived on other platforms.

I'm not necessarily saying they should get theit own mini consoles. But more of the post Genesis content should have compilations on modern consoles and available on mobile platforms.

I'd jizz for a Saturn collection of 20 or 30 games.


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VAMatt (on 30 March 2019)

Genesis is probably the childhood console that I hold the most fond memories of. I was born in 1980, and played Atari 2600, Atari 5200, NES, and Sega Master System extensively. But, Genesis came along when I was old enough to have success in some games, and really understand the significance of what I was playing. If this thing doesn't suck, and I can get one at MSRP or better, I will probably pick one up at some point. Having 40 games, when thinking relative to the Nintendo mini consoles, is a big check mark in Genesis' favor. Here's hoping Sega has learned a lesson about releasing crappy cash-grab mini consoles, and is able to redeem their Genesis brand.


Mr Puggsly (on 30 March 2019)

@VAMatt - Genesis is certainly Sega's most fondly remember simply because it was really Sega's only successful console. However, if you enjoy Genesis games there are many Sega CD, some 32X and arcade games Genesis fans would enjoy as well.

This has the potential of being the definitive Genesis mini console I suppose. But there are many ways to play Genesis games on numerous consoles since the 6th gen, smart devices or mini consoles. We recently got another Genesis compilation on 8th gen consoles.

I imagine there many avid Sega fans that are frustrated with Sega's push of Genesis only.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 30 March 2019)

Needs Shining Force II, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Dynamite Headdy, and Contra Hard Corps.


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Jumpin (on 30 March 2019)

It makes me snicker at how Sega US stubbornly holds onto that pretentious "Genesis" branding =D


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VAMatt (on 30 March 2019)

It wouldn't make any sense to change it at this point. Only the most hardcore gamers, like the type that hang out in this forum, would have any idea what Mega Drive is.

My sister was excited to pick up one of the many Genesis minis a few years ago. She's not a hardcore gamer by any stretch. But, she wanted to share some of her childhood memories with her children. That's who Sega wants to hit with this one as well.

Unfortunately, by releasing so many shitty ones, they've turned off many people, like my sister. Hers had terrible lag, as did one I picked up 15 years ago. If this thing can get some news coverage, to educate the public that it doesn't suck (if, and it's a big if, in fact it doesn't suck), maybe it will sell a bit and redeem the image of mini Genesis in people's minds.


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