Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Mini Releasing Worldwide This September

Sega Japan revealed a new Sega Mega Drive and Genesis mini console for global release this September, which will come with 40 games at launch.

March 30, 2019

During the Sega FES 2019 livestream in Japan, it was announced that Sega’s own mini console versions — the Mega Drive and Genesis — would be released worldwide on September 19th of this year.

Sega Japan confirmed tons of information on the upcoming mini consoles. First, that for the US the Mega Drive would be branded as the Genesis. There will be 40 games in total, with 10 of them already revealed (and listed before), and the system will release on September 19th globally.

There will be two versions of the minis, each with two price points: 6980円 (about $70) for the one controller version and 8980円 (about $90) for the two controller version. The controllers themselves will be USB-based with six buttons on the Japanese version and three buttons on the Western version.


The Mega Drive/Genesis mini will support save states, a very welcome addition that will make playing these classic titles a little less stressful. It was also confirmed during the livestream that Sega Ages developer M2 would be handling the software for the MegaDrive/Genesis mini:

Not only that but famed Japanese composer, widely considered one of the greatest 16-bit music composers ever, Yuzo Koshiro will be making new music for console menus. Sounds like even the UI will be phenomenal considering the talent working on it. Honestly, it’s refreshing to see a company take UI in a retro console so seriously, unlike the travesty of the PlayStation Classic’s UI and PAL-based titles.

Finally, we have a list of ten of the 40 games that will release with the system. For Japan:

  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Madō Monogatari
  • Puyo Puyo Tsu
  • Rent a Hero
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Wrestleball

And for the Western release:

  • Altered Beast
  • Castlevania Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Toejam & Earl

The Sega FES 2019 livestream event also revealed a new Sakura Wars title for PS4 and a new Mario & Sonic At Tokyo Olympics title for Nintendo Switch.

Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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