Ever since Nintendo released the well-received NES Classic Edition in 2016 and then followed it up with the slam dunk Super Nintendo Classic Edition the following year, gamers have had their nostalgia buttons literally pressed and want more of the favorite games from their youth in full pixelated glory! This September, Nintendo’s greatest rival SEGA makes their attempt to reignite the console wars with the SEGA Genesis Mini, and now we have the line-up of the full games it will entail.
While there has been SEGA Genesis collections on the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and various bundles on other consoles, it would really take a lot to make fans excited about the selection. Fortunately, whether this is your second or third dip back into the retro pool or possibly the genesis of your Genesis experience, the gaming selection offers some great choices from the system’s legacy and a few surprises.
The system’s iconic in-house titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Altered Beats and Ecco the Dolphin are expectedly here. Perhaps the biggest in-house surprise is the addition of fighting game Eternal Champions, a title notably absent from previous SEGA collections. Also surprising are the number of licensed games such as Earthworm Jim, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Street Fighter II: Championship Edition and Disney’s World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck.
But the biggest story is the inclusion of three titles previously not available in North America. First, there’s Mega Man: The Wily Wars, where the beloved arm-cannon Capcom hero had his only Genesis adventure, which never made its way to us stateside. We also have two games that have never seen the light of day anywhere, the SEGA version of Tetris that was developed and completed before SEGA realized it didn’t have the rights to the classic, and a flat-out completed but cancelled game in Darius.
Here’s the full blast-processing powered line-up:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Contra: Hard Corps
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Ecco the Dolphin
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Monster World IV
Phantasy Star IV
Road Rash II
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter II: Special Championship Edition
Streets of Rage 2
Super Fantasy Zone
Thunder Force III
ToeJam & Earl
Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy in Monster World
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck