Sega Genesis Mini
The Sega Genesis Mini
Also known asMega Drive Mini
DeveloperSega, M2
TypeDedicated home video game console
Release date
  • WW: September 19, 2019
  • EU, ME: October 4, 2019
Introductory price
MediaInternal flash memory
Operating systemLinux kernel
System on a chipZUIKI Z7213
Memory256 MB of RAM
Storage512 MB flash storage
Controller input2 controller ports
Dimensions154 mm × 39 mm × 116 mm
SuccessorSega Genesis Mini 2

The Sega Genesis Mini, known as the Mega Drive Mini in regions outside of North America, is a dedicated console modeled on the Sega Genesis. The Mini emulates the original console's 16-bit hardware, and includes 42 games made available through emulation software by M2. It was released in North America and Japan in September 2019 and in Europe and the Middle East in October 2019. A follow-up, Sega Genesis Mini 2, was released in October 2022 and includes 60 games from the Genesis and Sega CD.

Hardware and accessories

The Mini is half the size of the original Sega Genesis. Inside the unit is an ARM-based SOC ZUIKI Z7213[4] and 512 MB of flash memory.[1] It includes either one or two (dependent on region's bundle options) full-size replica controllers that connect through USB (thus original controllers are incompatible),[5] a USB-to-Micro-B power cable (USB AC adapter in North America), and an HDMI video cable.[1] There are separate releases for North America, Europe, Asia and Japan, as the Mini reproduces the original console's decal and color variations in those regions.[1][6] Korea is a slight exception, as the Mega Drive was released there by Samsung as the Super Gam*Boy and Super Aladdin Boy; none of these names appear on the Korean Mini.[7]

All of the games have a save state feature to pause and resume progress and can be played in either the original 4:3 aspect ratio with optional wallpapers or stretched to 16:9 widescreen with HUD elements modified to fit onto the screen.[8] Certain games have regional variants that can be accessed by changing the system's language settings (e.g. switching the system language from English to Japanese will change Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine into Puyo Puyo.)[2][9]

The North American and European models of the Genesis Mini come bundled with two three-button controllers, while the Japanese model comes with two six-button controllers.[5] Officially licensed six-button controllers made specifically for the Mini are also sold separately in North America and Europe.[10] Official model accessories of a miniature Mega-CD, a miniature Super 32X, a miniature Sonic & Knuckles lock-on Genesis cartridge, and a miniature Sonic the Hedgehog standard Mega Drive cartridge were also sold separately in Japan.[11] Miniature replicas of the Sega CD and Sega 32X in both the North American and European versions were also manufactured but only distributed to select members of the media.[12]

The Mini 2 system is modeled after the Mega Drive 2 variant of the original console and comes bundled with over 50 games and a single six-button controller in all regions. It uses the same SOC chip as the first Mini, albeit with more memory and storage. In addition to the first Mini's emulation features, the Mini 2 includes the option to emulate the sound outputs of the original Genesis or Genesis 2. Like with the original Mega Drive Mini, a set of model accessories consisting of a miniature Mega-CD 2, a miniature Virtua Racing cartridge, and a miniature Sonic CD disc was released in Japan alongside the system, including compatibility parts with the first Mega Drive Mini and its accessories.[1] Additionally, a USB-powered Cyber Stick controller based on the original flight stick controller produced by Sharp was released alongside the system in Japan and provides analog input for After Burner II, Night Striker, and Starblade.[13][14]


Sega Genesis Mini

The Sega Genesis Mini features 40 Sega Genesis games, with the selection varying depending on the region. In addition to these titles, the game includes two bonus games, Darius and Tetris, which are new conversions made for the Mini system that were previously never released for the original console.[15]

Games Copyright NA/EU[16] Japan[17] Asia[18][19]
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Sega Yes No No
Alien Soldier Sega No No Yes
Alisia Dragoon Game Arts Yes Yes Yes
Altered Beast Sega Yes No No
Beyond Oasis Sega Yes Yes Yes
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Sega/Disney Yes No Yes
Castlevania: Bloodlines Konami Yes Yes Yes
Columns Sega Yes Yes Yes
Comix Zone Sega Yes Yes Yes
Contra: Hard Corps Konami Yes Yes Yes
Darius[a] Taito Yes Yes Yes
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine[b] Sega Yes No Yes
Dyna Brothers 2 Sega No Yes No
Dynamite Headdy Sega Yes Yes No
Earthworm Jim Interplay Entertainment Yes No No
Ecco the Dolphin Sega Yes No No
Eternal Champions Sega Yes No No
Game no Kanzume Otokuyou[c] Sega No Yes Yes
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom Yes Yes Yes
Golden Axe Sega Yes Yes Yes
Gunstar Heroes Sega Yes Yes Yes
The Hybrid Front Sega No Yes No
Kid Chameleon Sega Yes No No
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole Sega Yes Yes Yes
Langrisser II Extreme No Yes Yes
Light Crusader Sega Yes No No
Lord Monarch Nihon Falcom No Yes No
Madō Monogatari I Sega/D4 Enterprise No Yes No
Mega Man: The Wily Wars Capcom Yes Yes Yes
Monster World IV Sega/LAT Yes Yes Yes
MUSHA Sega/M2 No Yes Yes
OutRun 2019 Sega No No Yes
Party Quiz Mega Q Sega No Yes No
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Sega Yes Yes Yes
Powerball Bandai Namco No Yes Yes
Puyo Puyo 2 Sega No Yes Yes
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R Sega No Yes Yes
Rent a Hero Sega No Yes No
The Revenge of Shinobi Sega No Yes Yes
Road Rash II Electronic Arts Yes Yes Yes
Shining Force Sega Yes Yes Yes
Shining Force II Sega No No Yes
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sega Yes No No
Slap Fight MD Tatsujin No Yes Yes
Snow Bros. Tatsujin No Yes Yes
Sonic Spinball Sega Yes No No
Sonic the Hedgehog Sega Yes No Yes
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Yes Yes Yes
Space Harrier II Sega Yes Yes Yes
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition Capcom Yes Yes No
Streets of Rage 2 Sega Yes Yes Yes
Strider Capcom Yes No Yes
Super Fantasy Zone Sunsoft Yes Yes Yes
Sword of Vermilion Sega No No Yes
Target Earth Extreme No Yes Yes
Tetris[d] Sega/The Tetris Company Yes Yes Yes
Thunder Force III Sega Yes Yes Yes
ToeJam & Earl Sega/ToeJam & Earl Productions Yes No No
Vectorman Sega Yes No No
Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Yes No No
Wonder Boy in Monster World Sega/LAT Yes No Yes
World of Illusion Sega/Disney Yes Yes Yes
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen Sega No Yes No

Sega Genesis Mini 2

The Sega Genesis Mini 2 features 53 games released for both the Genesis and the Sega CD add-on peripheral. Like the original Mini, the Mini 2 also features seven additional games that were never released for the Genesis, including both unreleased games and new arcade ports.[20][21]

Games Copyright Platform NA/EU[22] Japan[23]
Aah! Harimanada Sega Genesis No Yes
After Burner II Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Alien Soldier Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Atomic Runner Chelnov Paon DP Genesis Yes Yes
Bonanza Bros. Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Captain Tsubasa Koei Tecmo Sega CD No Yes
ClayFighter Interplay Entertainment Genesis Yes No
Columns III: Revenge of Columns Sega Genesis No Yes
Crusader of Centy Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf Electronic Arts Genesis Yes No
Devi & Pii[e] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Earthworm Jim 2 Interplay Entertainment Genesis Yes No
Ecco the Dolphin Sega Sega CD Yes Yes
Ecco: The Tides of Time Sega Sega CD Yes Yes
Elemental Master Sega Genesis Yes No
Fantasy Zone[a] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Fatal Fury 2 SNK Genesis Yes Yes
Final Fight CD Capcom Sega CD Yes Yes
Gain Ground Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Gambler Jiko Chuushinha[f] Game Arts Genesis No Yes
Golden Axe II Sega Genesis Yes No
Granada Edia Genesis Yes Yes
Hellfire Tatsujin Genesis Yes No
Herzog Zwei Sega Genesis Yes No
Honō no Tōkyūji: Dodge Danpei Sega Genesis No Yes
Lunar: Eternal Blue Game Arts Sega CD No Yes
Lunar: The Silver Star Game Arts Sega CD No Yes
Magical Tarurūto-kun Sega Genesis No Yes
Mahou no Shoujo: Silky Lip Edia Sega CD No Yes
Mansion of Hidden Souls Sega Sega CD Yes Yes
Megapanel Bandai Namco Genesis No Yes
Midnight Resistance G-Mode Genesis Yes Yes
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Bandai Namco Genesis No Yes
Night Striker Taito Sega CD Yes Yes
Night Trap Hasbro Sega CD Yes Yes
The Ninja Warriors Taito Sega CD Yes Yes
The Ooze Sega Genesis Yes No
Out Run Sega Genesis Yes Yes
OutRunners Sega Genesis Yes No
Party Quiz Mega Q 2022[g] Sega Genesis No Yes
Party Quiz Sega Q[g] Sega Genesis No Yes
Phantasy Star II[h] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Popful Mail Nihon Falcom Sega CD No Yes
Populous Electronic Arts Genesis Yes Yes
Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R Sega Genesis No Yes
Rainbow Islands Extra Taito Genesis Yes No
Ranger X Sega Genesis Yes Yes
The Revenge of Shinobi Sega Genesis Yes No
Ristar Sega Genesis Yes No
Robo Aleste Sega/M2 Sega CD Yes Yes
Rolling Thunder 2 Bandai Namco Genesis Yes No
Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny Koei Tecmo Genesis / Sega CD No Yes
Sewer Shark Hasbro Sega CD Yes No
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Sega Genesis Yes No
Shin Megami Tensei Atlus Sega CD No Yes
Shining Force CD Sega Sega CD Yes Yes
Shining Force II Sega Genesis Yes No
Shining in the Darkness Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Silpheed Game Arts Sega CD Yes Yes
Sonic 3D Blast Sega Genesis Yes No
Sonic CD[i] Sega Sega CD Yes Yes
Sorcerian Nihon Falcom Genesis No Yes
Space Harrier II[j] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Spatter[a] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Splatterhouse 2 Bandai Namco Genesis Yes Yes
Star Cruiser Extreme Genesis No Yes
Star Mobile[k] Mindware Genesis Yes Yes
Starblade Bandai Namco Sega CD No Yes
Streets of Rage 3 Sega Genesis Yes No
Super Hang-On Sega Genesis Yes No
Super Locomotive[a] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers Capcom Genesis Yes Yes
Tenka Fubu: Eiyūtachi no Hōkō Game Arts Sega CD No Yes
Thunder Force IV Sega Genesis Yes Yes
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron Sega/ToeJam & Earl Productions Genesis Yes No
Tōgi Ō: King Colossus Sega Genesis No Yes
Truxton Tatsujin Genesis Yes Yes
Vectorman 2 Sega Genesis Yes No
Viewpoint[l] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Virtua Racing Sega Genesis Yes Yes
VS Puyo Puyo Sun[m] Sega Genesis Yes Yes
Warsong Extreme Genesis Yes No
Wondermega Collection[n] Sega Sega CD No Yes

Production and release

The Sega Genesis Mini was first announced at the Sega Fes show in April 2018.[1] The announcement was part of a trend of releasing smaller versions of retro video game consoles.[5] It was delayed in September, missing the console's 30th-anniversary window,[24] when Sega dropped its partnership with AtGames,[1] whose 2017 Sega Genesis Flashback was critically panned for its production quality.[2][5] Instead of using AtGames's Flashback software on a Japan-exclusive Mini, Sega handled the entire production of the system.[2] The system was released worldwide on September 19, 2019,[1] except in Europe and the Middle East, where it was delayed until October 4, 2019, due to distribution issues.[25]

M2, who previously collaborated with Sega on the Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics Collection series, produced the Mini's ports.[1] Sega emphasized first-party production quality in its marketing for the Mini,[5] as the company returns to the hardware business after last producing the Sega Dreamcast in 2001.[26] The menu music was written by Yuzo Koshiro, who was also the composer of the compilation's Beyond Oasis, Streets of Rage 2, and The Revenge of Shinobi.[2]

Since its release, the first Sega Genesis Mini console had sold over 300,000 units by the end of March 2020.[27]

A followup, the Sega Genesis Mini 2, was announced on June 3, 2022 and was released worldwide on October 27, 2022.[28][29] Koshiro returned to write the menu music.[30]


  1. ^ a b c d A newly developed Genesis port of the arcade version created specifically for the Mini.
  2. ^ If the system language is set to Japanese, Traditional Chinese, or Korean, the game is replaced with Puyo Puyo.[9]
  3. ^ Contains the following Sega Meganet games: 16t, Aworg: Hero in the Sky, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Hyper Marbles, Ikasuze! Koi no Doki Doki Penguin Land MD, Medal City, Paddle Fighter, Putter Golf, Pyramid Magic, Robot Battler, and Teddy Boy Blues.
  4. ^ A new port based on Sega's 1988 arcade version, not to be confused with the extremely rare 1989 Mega Drive version.
  5. ^ A title that was originally developed in 1992 but never released for the original console.
  6. ^ Subtitled Katayama Masayuki's Mahjong Dojo
  7. ^ a b Updated titles based on the original Party Quiz Mega Q. Mega Q 2022 features trivia up to the year 2022 whereas Sega Q features trivia based on Sega titles.
  8. ^ Modified version of original game, contains an added easy mode.
  9. ^ Players can choose between the North American and European versions of Sonic CD (Japanese and North American versions in the Japanese language setting), which each have different soundtracks, upon selecting the game in the menu.
  10. ^ An enhanced port of Space Harrier II featuring enhanced sprite scaling and smoother framerates. A new Genesis conversion of the original Space Harrier is also included, accessed by selecting Space Harrier II from the game selection menu.
  11. ^ A Mega Drive port of Star Mobile originally released for the Sharp X68000 computer in 1991, which finished development in 1992 but was never released.
  12. ^ Viewpoint is considered a bonus game in the Japanese version of the Mega Drive Mini 2 because the Genesis port was not released in Japan before its inclusion.
  13. ^ A Genesis port of the versus mode from Puyo Puyo Sun, originally released for the arcades and the Sega Saturn.
  14. ^ Contains the following Sega Meganet games: Flicky, Paddle Fighter, Pyramid Magic, and Quiz Scramble.


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