Sega will release its Sega Genesis Mini worldwide on September 19, it said today. It will include 40 different games, and some will have some Gunstar Heroes and Castlevania Bloodlines
Sega made the announcement on stage at Sega Fes 2019, its annual fan event in Tokyo. It only announced games for the Japanese Mega Drive Mini, including Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo 2, Shining Force, Castlevania Bloodlines, Powerball, Gunstar Heroes, Comix Zone, Rent-a-Hero, Space Harrier II ; Madou Monogatari Ichi. Since some of these games are Japan-only, it stands to reason that the US and the European lineups will be different
While the Sega was light on details about the Mini in its stage presentation, it said the 6-button controller would be the same size as the original, and that the games would have a save- anywhere function. In Japan at least, it will be sold in two variations: with one controller for 6,980 yen (about $ 60) and with two controllers for 8,980 yen (about $ 80)
Sega did not immediately announce the pricing or any specific games for the US version
Sega first announced the Mega Drive Mini at Sega Fes last year, and was originally supposed to be released in 2018 only in Japan and based on the same AtGames-developed technology that powered the U.S. exclusive Genesis Flashback HD. Later, it delayed the unit in 2019, saying it would achieve a higher level of quality, it would drop AtGames, develop the software for the system in Japan, and release the unit worldwide
Given the generally negative critical reception to the Flashback HD, especially compared to Nintendo's mini classic systems, Sega looks like it's aiming to save its brand's reputation on the classic-console market.