Sega Genesis Mini

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Sega Genesis Mini
Sega Genesis Mini 02.jpg
The Canadian 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
Introductory price
MediaInternal flash memory
Operating systemLinux kernel
System on a chipZUIKI Z7213
Memory256 MB of RAM
Storage512 MB flash memory
Controller input2 controller ports
Dimensions154 mm × 39 mm × 116 mm

The Sega Genesis Mini, known as the Mega Drive Mini in regions outside of North America, is a dedicated console modeled on Sega's Genesis. The Mini emulates the original console's 16-bit hardware, and includes 42 games ported by M2. It was released in North America and Japan in September 2019, and in Europe and the Middle East the following month.


The Mini is half the size of the original Sega Genesis video game console. Inside the unit is an ARM-based SOC ZUIKI Z7213[4] and 512 MB of flash memory.[1] It includes either one or two (dependent on region's bundle options) full-size replica controllers that connect through USB, thus original controllers are incompatible,[5] a USB-to-Micro-B power cable (USB AC adapter in North America), and an HDMI video cable.[1] There are separate releases for North America, Europe, Asia and Japan, as the Mini reproduces the original console's decal and color variations in those regions.[1][6] Korea is a slight exception, as the Mega Drive was not released there by Sega but by Samsung as the "Super Gam*Boy" and later "Super Aladdin Boy"; none of these names or brands appear on the Korean version of the Mega Drive Mini.[7]

The North American and European Minis include three-button controllers, while the Japanese controllers have six buttons.[5] Officially licensed six-button controllers made specifically for the Mini are also sold separately in North America and Europe.[8] Official model accessories of a miniature Mega-CD, a miniature Super 32X, a miniature Sonic & Knuckles lock-on Genesis cartridge, and a miniature Sonic the Hedgehog standard Mega Drive cartridge are also sold separately in Japan.[9] Miniature replicas of the Sega CD and Sega 32X were also manufactured but only distributed to select members of the media.[10]


The Mini includes 42 games though the exact selection varies by region.[1] Each Mini has a set of games exclusive to the region it was released. Switching the language menu allows for multiple regional game variations to be played. For example, Contra: Hard Corps can be played with the English or Japanese setting, but with other languages Contra is substituted by its European counterpart Probotector; switching the language from English into Japanese turns Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine into Puyo Puyo and vice versa.[2][11] There are no Japanese variants of Vectorman, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter 2 included as those games were never released in Japan.[citation needed] Two bonus games, Darius and Tetris, are new conversions (ports). They were never released for the original console and have been newly ported from their arcade releases exclusively for this compilation.[12] All of the games have a save state feature to pause and resume progress and can be played in either the original 4:3 aspect ratio or stretched to 16:9 widescreen with HUD elements modified to fit onto the screen.[13]

Games NA/PAL[14] Japan[15] Taiwan/Korea[16][17]
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[a] Yes Yes Yes
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine[b] 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 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[c] 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 Sega Genesis Mini was first announced at the Sega Fes show in April 2018.[1] The announcement was part of a trend of releasing smaller versions of 80s and 90s retro videogame consoles.[5] It was delayed in September, missing the console's 30th-anniversary window,[18] when Sega dropped its partnership with AtGames,[1] whose 2017 Sega Genesis Flashback was critically panned for its production quality.[2][5] Instead of using AtGames's Flashback software on a Japan-exclusive Mini, Sega handled the entire production of the system.[2] The system was released on September 19, 2019,[1] except in Europe and the Middle East, where it was released on October 4, 2019.[19]

M2, who previously collaborated with Sega on the Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics Collection series, produced the Mini's ports.[1] 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.[20] The menu music was written by Yuzo Koshiro, who was also the composer of some games in the collection, including The Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage 2, and Beyond Oasis.[2]


  1. ^ A new conversion based on Taito's 1987 arcade game.
  2. ^ Replaces Puyo Puyo when switching to certain language(s) in the settings menu.[11]
  3. ^ A new conversion based on Sega's 1988 arcade version, and is not the very rare 1989 Mega Drive release.


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  3. ^ 정동진 (2019-08-30). "오락실 추억 소환...세가, '메가 드라이브 미니' 7만9800원 판매". 비아이뉴스 (BEI News) (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-11-03.
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  7. ^ 남지율 (2019-09-27). "최고의 미니 레트로 게임기, 메가 드라이브 미니". 스마트PC사랑 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-11-03.
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  15. ^ "メガドライブミニ". Sega (in Japanese).
  16. ^ "メガドライブミニ(Mega Drive Mini)". Sega (in Chinese).
  17. ^ "메가 드라이브 미니(Mega Drive Mini)". Sega (in Korean).
  18. ^ McWhertor, Michael (September 19, 2018). "Sega delays its Mega Drive Mini to 2019 for an overhaul". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  19. ^ Glagowski, Peter. "The Genesis/Mega Drive Mini has been delayed in Europe". Destructoid. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  20. ^ Grant, Christopher (April 13, 2018). "Sega Genesis Mini (aka Mega Drive Mini) announced". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2019.

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