Sega wants to release its Sega Genesis Mini worldwide on September 19, it said today. 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 and Madou Monogatari Ichi. Since a few of these games are Japan-only, it stands to reason that the U.S.
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While Sega was light on details about the Mini in its stage presentation, it did not say the 6-button controller would have the same size as the original's, and that the games would have a save-anywhere function. In Japan at least, it is 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
Sega first announced the Mega Drive Mini at last year's Sega Fes, and it originally intended to be released in 2018 in Japan and based on the same AtGames-developed technology that powered the United States. Exclusive Genesis Flashback HD. Later, it delayed the unit into 2019, saying that it would drop 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 seems like it's aiming at salvage its brand's reputation in the classic-console market.