Sega has revealed another 10 games that it will add to the upcoming Sega Genesis Mini, and the titles are certainly fan favorites. So far, the release of the highly-anticipated retro system seems to be aiming to please long-time fans of Sega, and we can expect the final games to be announced as the launch date nears in September.
The new games announced are:
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars
- Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
- Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Beyond Oasis
- Golden Axe
- Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
- Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
And these are the twenty titles previously announced:
- Earthworm Jim
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Streets of Rage 2
- Thunder Force 3
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
In particular, the inclusion of Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition was a bit of a concern at first. This isbecause fans of the game for the Sega Genesis may recall the challenges of attempting to play the game with a three-button controller that needed inputs for six different types of attacks. Both this game and the Mortal Kombat series found unique ways of dealing with this, but they were not ideal. For example, on the traditional Sega controllers you would need to press the Start button to toggle between kicks and punches. It was fine, in a manner of speaking, but not as good as the SNES controller which had enough buttons to string together great combos.
Luckily, Sega also revealed that they will be selling the Retro-Bit Sega Genesis six-button controller to be released in August for $19.99. This announcement was probably made for those concerns mentioned above, and is a welcome addition.
At the same time, fans of retro gaming have taken the NES Mini, the SNES Classic edition, and the Sony PlayStation Classic for a spin with their own software and emulators, and the inclusion of this more complex controller may be a bigger hit than expected as they are used to play a wider variety of games that the traditional controllers do not work with as well.
The inclusion of Mega Man: The Wily Wars is an unexpected treat as well. The game is actually a collection of the remakes of Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3 which released on the NES. The reason it appears in the Sega side of games is because it did briefly appear in North America, but was promoted on the Sega Channel online service, a service so ahead of its time but doomed to fail.
The Sega Genesis Mini has not changed in price since the initial announcement and will cost $79.99. The release date is September 19, 2019, and the U.S. version will include an HDMI cable, a power cable, an adapter and two three-button controllers.