Sega to Release a Retro Version of Its Genesis Console

On the last Friday of March 2019, Sega announced that they will be releasing the Sega Genesis Mini on September 19. The worldwide release is targeted at all Sega fans globally and comes onto the market with a wide range of games, which gives plenty of choice to all Sega fans. The Genesis Mini console comes with 40 games, including the already successful Sonic The Hedgehog, Castlevania Bloodlines and Gunstar Heroes.


At the prestigious Sega Fes 2019, Sega’s annual fan event hosted in Tokyo, the company made huge announcements, including games for their Japanese Mega Drive Mini and Sega Genesis Mini. The releases include the likes of Sonic 2, Castlevania Bloodlines, Shining Force, Powerball, Puyo Puyo 2, Gunstar Heroes, Space Harrier II, Madou Monogatari Ichi, Comix Zone, and Rent-a-Hero. Some of these games are specifically for Japanese fans, and this might cause uncertainty on the part of American and European fans. However, all the games announced at the Sega Fes 2019 are a mix of international demand, so you can rest assured that even if you are a global online shopper, there is something for you. And the next step would be to find a trustworthy package forwarder who will bring your console and games home.

The Official List of Games to Expect

As a response and to assure their fans out of Asia that they are equally important, Sega also announced the list of games for the U.S. version. The Sega Mega Drive Mini for U.S. players will have the following gaming titles:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

  • Altered Beast

  • Comix Zone

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines

  • Space Harrier II

  • Ecco the Dolphin

  • ToeJam & Earl

  • Gunstar Heroes

  • Shining Force

Software Development for Genesis Mini Retro Console

In other news, Sega also made an official announcement, thereby giving their fans an idea of who is behind the development of the software for their new console. At the Sega Fes, there was another presentation, separate from the huge game announcement, where the brand revealed that the developer who brought us Sega Ages is the one creating the software for the Sega Genesis Mini device. Yeap, you read that right, M2 is once again the big gun behind the Sega release. During this announcement, Sega also revealed that the system will come with different regional versions of some of the games. A good example is the Mega Drive Mini in Japan that also has the European, American and Japanese versions of Castlevania Bloodlines. For such games, you need to get on top of your game and start arranging for international shipping from the US immediately. The popularity guarantees that they will fly off the shelves like hot cakes.

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Overseas gamers are yet to discover the full details of what their games will include. In the Sega Fes announcements, there was nothing revealed about the overseas versions of the device in relation to having various regional variations. For now, just to ensure that you’re not left out of the equation, as an international shopper, you can opt to pay for trusted package forwarding from a Japanese service provider so that you get what you know according to all the recent statements.

During the announcements, Sega was somewhat stingy with all the details pertaining to the Mega Drive Mini. However, during the stage presentation, we were able to pick that the six-button controller comes in the same size as the original. Also, the new console has games that have a save-anywhere function, meaning gamers can save the game stage at any point to stand up and come back and continue.


The music for the game, which was composed by the legendary Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro, is something totally magical, and gamers can expect to remain excited during gaming marathons.

Some Differences Between the U.S. and Japanese Versions

The Mega Drive Mini is being manufactured by 2 for gamers from all regions. Thus, almost everything is bound to be the same, save for a few differences. The most notable differences and similarities are those between the Japanese and American versions. Look out for the minor details:

  • The U.S. version will come with two three-button Genesis controllers that directly connect to the Mega Drive Mini console via USB, whereas the Japanese version will ship with six-button controllers.

  • If you’re to shop online in Japan, be assured that you will be able to get either of the two variations. The first one comes with one controller and will sell for 6, 980 Yen, which is about US$60. The second option comes with two controllers and will retail for 8, 980 Yen, which is about US$80. The American singular variant will cost US$80.

  • However, the original Genesis controllers will not connect with the U.S. version. European and Japanese gamers can rest assured that their controllers are set to connect and work.

This Sega release is set to be one of the biggest in the history of modern consoles. At Sega Fes 2018, the brand made their first announcement of the Mega Drive Mini. Of course, that was over a year ago and some of us have most probably forgotten about the statement. The Mini Drive was supposed to be released in 2018 but only in Japan. When the release was delayed until 2019 because the company wanted to achieve a higher level of quality, they dropped AtGames as the developer and M2 became the new software developer. Hence, it was essential for Sega to repeat the announcement this year.


You can opt to shop in the US or ship internationally from either Japan or the US. The unit is going to be made available and ready to ship worldwide. Sega is looking forward to a major comeback following the dismal failure of the Flashback HD in the competition with the Nintendo mini classic system. The Sega brand might just go mega because of the Mega Drive Mini. So far, from the details revealed, there is no thinking twice about getting this particular Sega console. It’s one of the best hardware releases set for 2019. And since it will only be released in September, there is still enough time to start planning and budgeting for international parcel forwarding and the fees that might be required.


Most of the spoilers on the market are from Japanese and American versions. The European version will come soon. For more news and updates as they happen, keep refreshing the search pages. According to Sega, the pre-order links will be released in the next few weeks. From the final announcements, it remains evident that Sega is not planning on postponing anytime soon. If you have already made up your mind to get the console, go ahead and purchase it online. It is worth the effort in the long run.

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