Sega Genesis Mini

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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 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]


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, e.g., the Japanese Mini includes all three regional versions of Castlevania: Bloodlines, while the American Mini lets you 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 Yes No No
Alien Soldier No No Yes
Alisia Dragoon Yes Yes Yes
Altered Beast Yes No No
Assault Suit Leynos No Yes Yes
Beyond Oasis Yes Yes Yes
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Yes No Yes
Castlevania: Bloodlines Yes Yes Yes
Columns Yes Yes Yes
Comix Zone Yes Yes Yes
Contra: Hard Corps Yes Yes Yes
Darius Yes Yes Yes
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine/Puyo Puyo Yes No Yes
Dyna Brothers 2 No Yes No
Dynamite Headdy Yes Yes No
Earthworm Jim Yes No No
Ecco the Dolphin Yes No No
Eternal Champions Yes No No
Game no Kanzume Otokuyou No Yes Yes
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Yes Yes Yes
Golden Axe Yes Yes Yes
Gunstar Heroes Yes Yes Yes
Kid Chameleon Yes No No
Landstalker Yes Yes Yes
Langrisser II No Yes Yes
Light Crusader Yes No No
Lord Monarch No Yes No
Madō Monogatari I No Yes No
Mega Man: The Wily Wars Yes Yes Yes
Monster World IV Yes Yes Yes
MUSHA No Yes Yes
OutRun 2019 No No Yes
Party Quiz Mega Q No Yes No
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Yes Yes Yes
Powerball No Yes Yes
Puyo Puyo 2 No Yes Yes
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R No Yes Yes
Rent a Hero No Yes No
Road Rash II Yes Yes Yes
Shining Force Yes Yes Yes
Shining Force II No No Yes
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Yes No No
Slap Fight MD No Yes Yes
Snow Bros No Yes Yes
Sonic Spinball Yes No No
Sonic the Hedgehog Yes No Yes
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Yes Yes Yes
Space Harrier II Yes Yes Yes
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition Yes Yes No
Streets of Rage 2 Yes Yes Yes
Strider Yes No Yes
Super Fantasy Zone Yes Yes Yes
Sword of Vermilion No No Yes
Tetris Yes Yes Yes
The Hybrid Front No Yes No
The Revenge of Shinobi No Yes Yes
Thunder Force III Yes Yes Yes
ToeJam & Earl Yes No No
Vectorman Yes No No
Virtua Fighter 2 Yes No No
Wonder Boy in Monster World Yes No Yes
World of Illusion Yes Yes Yes
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen No Yes No

Production and release[edit]

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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  10. ^ hands-on with the Sega Genesis Mini (youtube video)
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  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).
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