Sega has announced at the Sega Fes 2019 that it’s going to release a retro version of its Sega Genesis console. It’s going to arrive later this year. The console will be called the Sega Genesis Mini in the United States and the Mega Drive Mini in Japan. It will come with 40 games built-in when it arrives on September 19th, 2019.
The game lineup will be slightly different for the Genesis Mini and Mega Drive Mini when these retro consoles are launched. Customers in Japan will get Castlevania Bloodlines, Comix Zone, Gunstar Heroes, Madou Monogatari Ichi, Powerball, Puyo Puyo 2, Rent-a-Hero, Shining Force, Sonic 2, and Space Harrier II.
The U.S. version will get Altered Beast, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Comix Zone, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Ecco the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes, Shining Force, Sonic The Hedgehog, Space Harrier II, and ToeJam & Earl. The other titles will be announced later.
Customers will also notice some additional differences between the two as well. The Sega Genesis Mini is going to cost $79.99 and will ship with a pair of three button USB controllers. The Mega Drive Mini will cost ¥6,980 or roughly $60 in Japan and come with a six button controller. Customers will be able to purchase an additional controller for ¥8,980 yen or $80. Sega will soon start taking pre-orders for the retro console in both markets.