Today was the day Sega revealed the final ten (or is it?) games for the Genesis Mini they plan to release this fall. Unlike the junky “Genesis Flashback” put out by AtGames in years past, this will be a much classier, much better built mini-console developed by M2, the best retro emulation studio in the world.

One, Tetris. Tetris was never officially released for the Genesis because Nintendo had exclusive console and handheld rights through most of the 90s. A prototype was developed by Sega in Japan before they realized this. Sega claims this Genesis version of Tetris will be a new version developed for the Mini, but have a look at the prototype’s logo vs. the confirmed title screen. Exactly the same.

Don’t worry, Sega, we won’t tell. Oops…we just did.

The other surprise is Darius, which was NEVER ported to the Genesis, not even behind closed doors. M2 made this port themselves, because M2 loves to go the extra mile when developing conversions (and that’s why we love them). The other games confirmed today: Virtua Fighter 2, Alisia Dragoon, Monster World IV, Kid Chameleon, Road Rash II, Eternal Champions, Columns, Dynamite Headdy, Strider, and Light Crusader. That brings the final list up to 42, two MORE than originally promised.


Also, contrary to what we assumed, Sonic 3 & Knuckles is not in it. Anywhere. We’re not sure what the issue is — maybe difficulties emulating the lock-on cart technology, but they already solved that back when Sonic Mega Collection came out for the Gamecube. It’s highly unlikely that M2 would be unable to replicate what was done on a fifth-generation machine. We’re just assuming Sega voluntarily withheld it, for whatever reason.

Genesis Mini will go on sale September 19 for $80.00. Here is the final confirmed game lineup:

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog
  2. Ecco the Dolphin
  3. Castlevania: Bloodlines
  4. Space Harrier 2
  5. Shining Force
  6. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  7. ToeJam & Earl
  8. Comix Zone
  9. Altered Beast
  10. Gunstar Heroes
  11. Earthworm Jim
  12. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  13. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  14. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  15. Contra: Hard Corps
  16. Thunder Force III
  17. Super Fantasy Zone
  18. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  19. Streets of Rage 2
  20. Landstalker
  21. Mega Man®: The Wily Wars
  22. Street Fighter II®: Special Champion Edition
  23. Ghouls ‘n Ghosts® 
  24. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  25. Beyond Oasis
  26. Golden Axe
  27. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  28. Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
  29. Vectorman
  30. Wonder Boy in Monster World 
  31. Tetris®
  32. Darius
  33. Road Rash II
  34. Strider®
  35. Virtua Fighter 2
  36. Alisia Dragoon
  37. Kid Chameleon
  38. Monster World IV
  39. Eternal Champions
  40. Columns
  41. Dynamite Headdy
  42. Light Crusader 

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