Sega has announced the release of Sega Genesis Mini worldwide on September 19. Sega made the announcement on stage at Sega Fes 2019 that it will finally release a retro version of its Sega Genesis console later this year: the Sega Genesis Mini (for US) and the Mega Drive Mini(for Japan). The device will come with 40 built-in games. The compact version of its classic 16-bit console will allow fans to play a range of old school games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and Gunstar Heroes on modern displays.

According to Sega, “The iconic Sega Genesis console that defined a generation of gaming returns into a miniaturized unit. The Sega Genesis Mini console is plug-and-play ready right out of the box. Games will be announced in four waves of 10 games.” So far, only few games have been revealed, Additional games will be announced later.

Releasing Mini versions of classic consoles has become new a trend recently. Nintendo led the way with the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, went on to become hot commercial items. Sony followed suite with the PlayStation Classic, which wasn’t liked much.

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There will be different lineups with Genesis Mini / Mega Drive. The Japanese version will include:

  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Madou Monogatari Ichi
  • Powerball
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • Rent-a-Hero
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic

While the U.S. version will have:

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


The Sega Genesis Mini is based on the Model 1 Genesis, but 55 percent smaller than its original incarnation. In the box will be the Genesis Mini, two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB to Micro-B power cable, and one HDMI cable. A power adapter will also be included In North America version.


There are some other minor differences: the Japanese version will include six-button controllers and will sell for ¥6,980 ($60), or with an additional controller for ¥8,980 yen ($80), while the U.S. version will ship with two three-button Genesis controllers that connect to the Mini via USB and will retail for $79.99.