In an era when games such as Earthworm Jim, Sonic the Hedgehog, and even Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse feel like they’ve been all-but-forgotten, SEGA is here to remind us that isn’t the case with the SEGA Genesis Mini. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of its launch.
Growing up, it was impossible to think that our childhood memories would become just a memory and nothing more. Through the years, that hasn’t been the case, and SEGA hasn’t let us go quietly into the night without our friends from SEGA’s past. This time, they’re about to make a bigger splash than ever with the SEGA Genesis Mini, which will feature 40 of the greatest games to ever release on the SEGA Genesis in the 1990s.
To get an idea of what you can expect, SEGA has sent us a little outline, one that gives us a good idea of when and what to expect from their device, and let me tell you, it’s headlined by Earthworm Jim, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and Contra: Hard Crops. Don’t believe me? Here is a list of what to expect so far, with twenty more titles on the way:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
- Earthworm Jim
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Thunder Force III
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Streets of Rage 2
Those of you wondering about what to expect, Sega has confirmed that the SEGA Genesis Mini is based after the Model 1 Genesis, which launched in Japan in Oct. of 1988 and followed around the world over the next couple of years. As this is a mini, you can expect it to be approximately 55% smaller than the original console itself, which means it won’t actually take your classic SEGA Genesis game cartridges.
To complete the package, SEGA has confirmed that the mini wills hip with 40 games pre-loaded on the console along with two replica three-button USB Genesis controllers, one USB to Micro-B power cable. one power adapter (North American versions only), and a single HDMI cable for the device itself. To ensure the games are just as high quality as the device itself, SEGA has confirmed that M2, the team behind SEGA AGES and the SEGA 3D Classics Collection, will be handling the porting process for the SEGA Genesis Mini.
Now, here’s how much it’ll run you depending on where you are at in the world:
- $79.99 US
Not a bad offering for a little bundle with a ton of nostalgic power behind it. Now if only we can get games like Vector Man and Booger Man on the device. For more information, you can head over to genesismini.sega.com today. A huge shoutout to SEGA for providing us with the information above.
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