Mega Man, Street Fighter II Coming To Genesis Mini

Mega Man: The Wily Wars. (Screenshot: Capcom, Sega)

Sega has revealed the next batch of 10 games coming to its Genesis Mini console, including Capcom classics like Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

Of particular interest is Mega Man: The Wily Wars, an enhanced compilation of the first three games in the series that includes an extra Genesis-exclusive stage. While it was released on cartridge in Japan and Europe, it only came to the U.S. via the early 16-bit online service called Sega Channel. It’s never been rereleased since.

You probably won’t have very much fun with Street Fighter II right out of the box, since the Genesis Mini only includes 3-button controllers, which are sub-optimal for 6-button fighting games. However, Sega also announced today that the currently available $29.95 6-button Genesis-style USB controllers from the hardware maker Retro-Bit will work with the Genesis Mini. Retro-Bit will also make a $US20 ($29) 6-button controller designed specifically for the Mini, which it will release in August.

The Genesis Mini itself will be released on September 9.

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition. (Screenshot: Capcom, Sega)

The other games announced today include many more Sega favourites:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

  • Beyond Oasis

  • Golden Axe

  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

  • Sonic Spinball

  • Vectorman

  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

Sega will unveil the fourth and final batch of games on June 4. A livestream announcement of Japan’s final 10 games will feature Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro, who composed the Genesis Mini’s menu music. The original Streets of Rage has yet to be confirmed for the Genesis Mini, so it’s likely that Koshiro himself will make that announcement in Japan. If previous announcements are any indication, the final 10 U.S. games will be announced shortly after that livestream.

Here are the 30 games announced so far for the Genesis Mini in the U.S.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog

  2. Ecco the Dolphin

  3. Castlevania: Bloodlines

  4. Space Harrier 2

  5. Shining Force

  6. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

  7. ToeJam & Earl

  8. Comix Zone

  9. Altered Beast

  10. Gunstar Heroes

  11. Earthworm Jim

  12. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  13. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

  14. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

  15. Contra: Hard Corps

  16. Thunder Force III

  17. Super Fantasy Zone

  18. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

  19. Streets of Rage 2

  20. Landstalker

  21. Mega Man: The Wily Wars

  22. Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

  23. Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

  24. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

  25. Beyond Oasis

  26. Golden Axe

  27. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

  28. Sonic Spinball

  29. Vectorman

  30. Wonder Boy in Monster World

Beyond Oasis. (Screenshot: Sega)

The Japanese version, called Mega Drive Mini, has a somewhat different selection of games. Most of these are Japan-only releases that wouldn’t make much sense to include on the Western versions of the console, although a few, like the rare shooter MUSHA and Revenge of Shinobi, would seem to be good candidates for worldwide release. We’ll finally know the whole roster on June 4.


Comments

    looks so much better than the disappointing PSmini. way to go Sega.

    Sega have really kicked arse on the line up. It sucks there's all the secret legal stuff going on with sonic 3 but otherwise very cool.

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