Although your eyes may be stuck on Amazon this week, thanks to Prime Day promotions, the site is making news for a select segment of retro gamers by leaking a new Sega product: the Genesis Mini 2 on Wednesday. Roughly an hour later, Sega made it official by rolling out a dedicated Sega Genesis Mini 2 website.
If this mini-console concept sounds familiar, that’s because Japan’s Sega has already announced its own version of the product, the Mega Drive Mini 2, earlier this year, expected to launch overseas in October. Is. Today’s newly announced “Genesis”-themed version has a strong October 27 release date, and will also include “over 50” classic games from the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and arcades. As a Sega rep has previously reported, both the Mega Drive Mini 2 and the Genesis Mini 2 are powered by an entirely new system-on-chip (SoC) compared to the 2019 original Genesis Mini, which means it has larger flash storage. And better processing will be required. To properly emulate a Sega CD console.
Speaking of advanced hardware: box art confirms that Sega is packing in a six-button Genesis controller this time around, though only one, not a pair. Sega has confirmed that the three- and six-button pads made for the original Genesis Mini will work on this hardware as well.
Slightly muted by deflation yen discount, extra shipping
as Originally viewed by sports journalist Alex Donaldson, the Genesis Mini 2 appeared Wednesday in a listing that was likely generated by Sega’s Japanese Amazon account, as it restricts orders to US addresses but requires that buyers pay for shipping from Japan. As of press time, Sega of America officially adds to this Amazon listing as the exclusive retailer of the miniature console, and it still requires a hefty shipping fee from Japan to the United States. For example, the order I placed was charged $21.99 for shipping—that’s more than 20 percent of the listed retail price of $103.80.
Japan’s Sega will actually be running the show on this Western release, then, because the Genesis Mini 2’s official site is hosted at the address “sega.co.jp”. As of press time, Sega of America representatives had yet to respond to Ars Technica’s questions about orders and shipments from Japan.
Sega is rolling out new-game announcements every three weeks, so we’re still left wondering which games will fill the system’s Western version—and how many will be derived exclusively from the Japanese versions. This week’s Genesis Mini 2 premiere includes some boxes taken from the Japanese Mega Drive and Mega CD versions of some of the games, though for the games in question, most of the text is already in English.
23 games announced so far for Western Genesis Mini 2:
- Burner II. After
- foreign soldiers ,
- Bonanza Brothers
- imaginary realm (arcade port to Genesis spec)
- lightning force
- mansion of hidden souls ,
- knight striker ,
- ninjawarriors ,
- getting ahead
- Rainbow Island Extra
- rolling thunder 2
- Shining Force CD ,
- glowing in the dark
- Sylphide ,
- sonic 3d blast
- sound cd ,
- splitterhouse 2
- star mobile (previously unreleased)
- super hang-on
- vectorman 2
- Virtua Racing
**: Sega CD
#: Japanese version
Four of the games from the above list were yet to be announced for the Japanese Mega Drive Mini 2: Ooz, outrunner, super hang-onAnd sonic 3d blast, Japan’s Sega will host another game-announcement event for its smaller system version on Friday, July 15, so those games may appear soon on that side of the Pacific.