Sega revealed the next ten games included on the Sega Genesis Mini console today and the list included some interesting titles worth talking about. First off, is the inclusion of Mega Man: The Wily Wars, a compilation that includes Mega Man, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3. While never seeing a physical release in North America, it was available through Sega Channel, a service where you could try demos of games and get cheat codes.
I remember using Sega Channel once when I was younger but at the time the reception for this wasn’t so hot. In fact, Sega is one of the rare companies ahead of its time and doing something like this back in the 1990s? Unfortunately, the Sega Channel never caught on and died in 1998.
Today is all about the third wave of classic video game titles coming with the Sega Genesis Mini. This next wave of games surprises me and I’m impressed with the selection we’re getting. Here are the next ten games: Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Beyond Oasis, Golden Age, Phantasy Star IV, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (yes!), Vectorman, and Wonder Boy in the Monster World.
All in all, I’m eager to get my hands on the Genesis Mini which launches on September 19, 2019, and retails for roughly $110 CAD. This model is based on the Model 1 Genesis, which launched in North America in August 1989. The Mini is approximately 55% smaller than the original and in the box comes two replica three-button USB Genesis controllers, one USB to Micro-B power cable, one power adapter (North America only), and one HDMI cable.
Here we have the first 30 titles to be included with the system:
- 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
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars
- Street Fighter II’: Special Champion Edition
- Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Beyond Oasis
- Golden Axe
- Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
- Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
M2 is handling the porting process. They’ve previously worked on Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics Collection.