Earlier this week, Sega announced that they would finally jump on the tiny retro console craze sparked by Nintendo with the release of their Sega Genesis Mini / Mega Drive Mini. Today, the console went up for pre-order and the first 10 games of the 40 game lineup have been officially unveiled.
You can pre-order the Sega Genesis Mini with 2-wired controllers for $79.99 right here on Amazon and here at Walmart with free 2-day shipping slated for September 20th. A standard, slightly cheaper version with only one controller was announced for Japan, but it doesn't appear that it will be available in the states. The titles on the console will also vary by region, but the first 10 games confirmed for the U.S. version are as follows:
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
- Toe Jam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
That's a decent start, but if you don't see your favorite Genesis game on that list, keep in mind that Sega will announce three additional 10 game waves in the coming months. On that note, the Sega Genesis Mini is covered by Amazon's pre-order guarantee, so you won't be charged until it ships. So, if you aren't happy with the final 40 game list, you can always cancel the pre-order.
That probably won't be necessary, because it seems as though Sega learned a thing or two from the success of Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic consoles and the dismal failure of Sony's PlayStation Classic. The Sega Genesis Mini is offering nearly twice as many games as the SNES Classic did for the same price. It's also offering twice as many games as the PlayStation Classic for $20 less.
In addition to the 40 games and two wired controllers, the Sega Genesis Mini will include a power cable, USB adapter, and HDMI cable.
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