Sega will release the Sega Genesis Mini worldwide on September 19, it said today. It will include 40 different games, and at least some versions will have Gunstar Heroes and Castlevania Bloodlines.
Sega made the announcement on stage at Sega Fes 2019, its annual fan event in Tokyo. It only announced games for the Japanese Mega Drive Mini, including Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo 2, Shining Force, Castlevania Bloodlines, Powerball, Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Rent-a-Hero, Space Harrier 2 and Madou Monogatari Ichi.
Since a few of these games are Japan-only, it stands to reason that the US and European lineups will be different.
While Sega was light on details about the Mini in its stage presentation, it did say the six-button controller would be the same size as the original’s, and that the games would have a save-anywhere function.
In Japan at least, it will be sold in two variations: With one controller for ¥6980 (about $89), and with two controllers for ¥8980 (about $114).
Sega did not immediately announce the pricing or any specific games for the version Australians will receive.
Sega first announced the Mega Drive Mini at last year’s Sega Fes, and it was originally supposed to be released in 2018 only in Japan and based on the same AtGames-developed technology that powered the US exclusive Genesis Flashback HD.
Later, Sega delayed the unit into 2019, saying that to achieve a higher level of quality it would drop AtGames, develop the software for the system in Japan, and release the unit worldwide.
Given the generally negative critical reception to the Flashback HD, especially compared to Nintendo’s mini classic systems, Sega seems as though it’s aiming to salvage its brand’s reputation in the classic-console market.