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: BloodlinesStreet 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
Alisia Dragoon
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Columns
Comix Zone
Contra: Hard Corps
Darius
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Dynamite Headdy
Earthworm Jim
Ecco the Dolphin
Eternal Champions
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Golden Axe
Gunstar Heroes
Kid Chameleon
Landstalker
Light Crusader
Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Monster World IV
Phantasy Star IV
Road Rash II
Shining Force
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter II: Special Championship Edition
Streets of Rage 2
Strider
Super Fantasy Zone
Tetris
Thunder Force III
ToeJam & Earl
Vectorman
Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy in Monster World
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck

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