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The Sega Genesis Mini, known as the Mega Drive Mini in regions outside of North America, is a dedicated home video game console modeled on Sega's Genesis in miniature. The Mini will emulate the original console's 16-bit hardware and include 42 pre-installed games, including two that were never released for the original console, which were ported by M2. It is set for release worldwide on September 19, 2019,[4] except in Europe and the Middle East, where it is expected to launch on October 4, 2019.[1]

Sega Genesis Mini
Also known asMega Drive Mini
DeveloperSega, M2
TypeDedicated home video game console
Release date
  • WW: September 19, 2019
  • EU, ME: October 4, 2019[1]
Introductory price
System-on-chip usedZUIKI Z7213 (Allwinner-based)
Memory256 MB of RAM
Storage512 MB flash memory



The Mini is half the size of the original 1988 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive video game console.[2] It includes either one or two (dependent on region's bundle options) full-size replica controllers (that connect through USB, thus original controllers will be incompatible),[5] a USB-to-Micro-B power cable, an HDMI video cable and (in some regions) a USB AC adapter.[2] There will be separate Mini console releases for North America, Europe, Asia and Japan, as the Mini will reproduce the original console's regional decal and color variations.[2][6] The North American and European units include three-button controllers, while the Japanese controllers will have six buttons.[5] Officially licensed six-button controllers made specifically for the Mini will be sold as a separate purchase in North America and Europe through the company Retro-Bit.[7] Officially licensed, non-functioning (purely aesthetic), add-on shells of a miniature Mega CD, a miniature Sega 32X, a miniature Sonic & Knuckles lock-on Mega Drive cartridge and a miniature Sonic the Hedgehog standard Mega Drive cartridge are being made specifically for the Mini and will be sold as a separate purchase in Japan.[8]


The Mini will include 42 games (40 from the original console's era), though the selection will vary by region.[2] Some games are offered in any regional variation; for example, the Japanese Mini includes all three regional versions of Castlevania: Bloodlines, while the American Mini lets players play Puyo Puyo by changing the region to either Chinese[9] or Japanese.[10][3] The games will have a saved state feature to pause and resume progress and can be played in either the original 4:3 ratio or cropped 16:9 widescreen, with HUD elements modified to fit onto the screen.[5][11] Two bonus games, Darius and Tetris,[a] were never released on the original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and are being newly ported from their arcade releases.[12]

Games NA/PAL[13] Japan[14] Korea/China[15]
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle      
Alien Soldier      
Alisia Dragoon      
Altered Beast      
Assault Suit Leynos      
Beyond Oasis      
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse      
Castlevania: Bloodlines      
Comix Zone      
Contra: Hard Corps/Probotector      
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine/Puyo Puyo      
Dyna Brothers 2      
Dynamite Headdy      
Earthworm Jim      
Ecco the Dolphin      
Eternal Champions      
Game no Kanzume Otokuyou      
Ghouls 'n Ghosts      
Golden Axe      
Gunstar Heroes      
Kid Chameleon      
Langrisser II      
Light Crusader      
Lord Monarch      
Madō Monogatari I      
Mega Man: The Wily Wars      
Monster World IV      
OutRun 2019      
Party Quiz Mega Q      
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium      
Puyo Puyo 2      
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R      
Rent a Hero      
Road Rash II      
Shining Force      
Shining Force II      
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master      
Slap Fight MD      
Snow Bros      
Sonic Spinball      
Sonic the Hedgehog      
Sonic the Hedgehog 2      
Space Harrier II      
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition      
Streets of Rage 2      
Super Fantasy Zone      
Sword of Vermilion      
The Hybrid Front      
The Revenge of Shinobi      
Thunder Force III      
ToeJam & Earl      
Virtua Fighter 2      
Wonder Boy in Monster World      
World of Illusion      
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen      

Production and releaseEdit

The Mini was first announced at the Tokyo Sega Fes show in April 2018.[2] The announcement was part of a trend of releasing smaller versions of 1980s and 1990s retro video game consoles.[5] It was delayed in September, missing the console's 30th-anniversary window,[16] when Sega dropped its partnership with AtGames,[2] whose 2017 Sega Genesis Flashback was critically panned for its low production quality.[3][5] Instead of using AtGames's Flashback software on a Japan-exclusive Mini, Sega would produce the software in Japan and release the Mini globally.[3] The Mini is set for release on September 19, 2019,[2] except in Europe and the Middle East, where it is expected to launch on October 4, 2019.[1]

M2, a collaborator of Sega's on the Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics Collection, is producing the Mini's ports.[2] Sega emphasized first-party production quality in its marketing for the Mini,[5] as the company returns to the hardware business after last producing the Sega Dreamcast in 2001.[17] The menu music was composed by Yuzo Koshiro, the original composer of Streets of Rage 2 and Beyond Oasis, two games included on the console.[3]


  1. ^ Based on Sega's arcade release, not the rare Genesis version.


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  5. ^ a b c d e f Good, Owen S. (March 30, 2019). "Sega Genesis Mini releases in September with 40 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog (update)". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Wong, Alistair (April 2, 2019). "Sega Mega Drive Mini To Have Asia-Specific Version With Sword of Vermilion And More". Siliconera. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Watts, Steve (May 21, 2019). "Sega Genesis Mini Announces 10 More Games, Optional 6-Button Controller". Gamespot. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  8. ^ McWertor, Michael (June 4, 2019). "The Sega Genesis Mini is getting its own ridiculous mini tower". Polygon. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
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  10. ^ hands-on with the Sega Genesis Mini (youtube video)
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  13. ^ "Genesis Mini". Sega.
  14. ^ "メガドライブミニ". Sega (in Japanese).
  15. ^ "メガドライブミニ(Mega Drive Mini)". Sega (in Chinese).
  16. ^ McWhertor, Michael (September 19, 2018). "Sega delays its Mega Drive Mini to 2019 for an overhaul". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  17. ^ Grant, Christopher (April 13, 2018). "Sega Genesis Mini (aka Mega Drive Mini) announced". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2019.

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