Sega Genesis Mini 2 confirmed for U.S. release

Sega will release the Genesis Mini 2 in North America this fall.

The company had been promoting a new plug-and-play emulation box, the Mega Drive Mini 2, for an upcoming release in Japan, but it hadn’t said anything about a Western version. That changed on Wednesday when Amazon accidentally let the cat out of the bag, prompting Sega to quickly confirm its release plans.

Like its predecessor, the Genesis Mini 2 will feature a selection of classic games preloaded on the box and playable through emulation, with some titles from the Genesis’s Sega CD add-on making the cut this time around. Sega promises the final selection will top 50 games. Here’s the list of confirmed titles so far:

  • Sonic CD
  • Shining Force CD
  • Silpheed
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls
  • Night Striker
  • Ninja Warriors
  • After Burner II
  • OutRun
  • OutRunners
  • Virtua Racing
  • Super Hang On
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Vectorman 2
  • The Ooze
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Alien Soldier
  • Rainbow Islands Extra
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Lightening Force
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Star Mobile

Fittingly enough, the design of the console has been updated to match the original’s first major hardware revision, the smaller, lighter Genesis Model 2. Sega has also opted to use the narrower, six-button controller design this time around, though you’ll only get a single wired controller in the box. (The original Mini came with two.)

The Genesis Mini 2 will be sold exclusively through Amazon. It’ll be available starting October 27th. The product page currently lists a price of around $100.

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