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Sega Genesis Mini

Also known as: Sega Mega Drive Mini (JP/EU/AU/AS)
Developer: M2
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Plug & Play
Released in JP: September 19, 2019
Released in US: September 19, 2019
Released in EU: October 4, 2019
Released in AU: September 19, 2019
Released in AS: September 19, 2019

MinigameIcon.png This game has unused modes / minigames.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

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Sega tosses its hat into the plug-and-play ring once again with the Sega Genesis Mini, though this time they opted to manufacture the system themselves with M2 developing the emulator. The system comes with 40 pre-installed games, plus a more faithful port of Sega's Tetris and a licensed fan port of Darius.

In addition to the standard release, a "W" version was also released in Japan that included two six-button USB Mega Drive controllers.

Also released alongside the Japanese versions were the Mega Drive Tower Mini (containing miniature versions of the Mega-CD and 32X plus Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog carts, which can be attached to the Mega Drive Mini to form the Mega-CD 32X) and the Mega Drive Tower Mini Zero (containing miniature versions of the Mega Adaptor, 11 Master System carts, and a Sega Card), though the addons are hollow shells except the Mega-CD (containing a printout of the interior, including a Sonic CD disc). US and European versions of the Tower Mini were also made, but these were limited runs and not for sale.

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Unused games, DEBUG mode, Sega Vintage Collection PS3/360 leftovers, and other stuff here.

Unused Games

ROMs for games exist on each of the regional versions of the system, but are inaccessible. "^" denotes games that can be unlocked through Hakchi.




(Source: ModMyClassic)

Demo Mode

The interface has a "DEMO" mode that is left over from a preview build. When enabled, only the first 10 games that were announced are listed, and automatic demos and the system menu are disabled.

(Source: ModMyClassic)

Undocumented Features

Pressing B on the game library screen will switch the view from front covers to a spine view. Additionally, pressing C on the Screen Settings screen will activate scanlines.

Regional Differences

Game Selection

The selection of games between regions are different. At least 19 titles are different according to each version of the system:

Game Available on...
US/EU/AU Japan Asia
Alex Kidd in The Enchanted Castle Yes No No
Alien Soldier No No Yes
Altered Beast Yes No No
Assault Suit Leynos No Yes Yes
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Yes No Yes
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine / Puyo Puyo Yes No Yes
Dyna Brothers 2 Special No Yes No
Dynamite Headdy Yes Yes No
Earthworm Jim Yes No No
Ecco the Dolphin Yes No No
Eternal Champions Yes No No
Game no Kanzume Otokuyou No Yes Yes
The Hybrid Front No Yes No
Kid Chameleon Yes No No
Langrisser II No Yes Yes
Light Crusader Yes No No
Lord Monarch: Tokoton Sentou Densetsu No Yes No
Madou Monogatari I No Yes No
M.U.S.H.A. No Yes Yes
OutRun 2019 No No Yes
Party Quiz Mega Q No Yes No
Puyo Puyo Tsuu No Yes Yes
Puzzle & Action: Tant-R No Yes Yes
Rent A Hero No Yes No
The Revenge of Shinobi No Yes Yes
Shining Force II No No Yes
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Yes No No
Slap Fight MD No Yes Yes
Snow Bros. No Yes Yes
Sonic Spinball Yes No No
Sonic the Hedgehog Yes No Yes
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition Yes Yes No
Strider Yes No Yes
Sword of Vermilion No No Yes
ToeJam & Earl Yes No No
Vectorman Yes No No
Virtua Fighter 2 Yes No No
Wonder Boy in Monster World Yes No Yes
Wrestleball No Yes Yes
Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen No Yes No

It's worth noting that by changing the system language, the player can access alternate region versions of most of the games included on any system. Most notably, changing an International system to an Asian language will turn Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine into Puyo Puyo. This also sets some games (though not all) to the selected language. On a US system, setting the system to Chinese will set games to Japanese, while setting it to Korean will use English.

On European/Australian systems, PAL versions of Sonic Spinball, Beyond Oasis, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and Contra: Hard Corps (The Story of Thor, Castlevania: The New Generation, and Probotector) replace the US versions on the English language setting, though the US versions are still available by setting the language to Chinese for Beyond Oasis and Korean for Castlevania and Contra. No US version is available for Sonic Spinball, however.

Main Menu

US Europe/Australia Japan/Asia
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  • The default design of the main menu in the US version is based off the packaging design of the Genesis. Likewise, the European/Australian design is based off the PAL Mega Drive packaging, and the Japanese/Asian versions are based off the Japanese Mega Drive packaging.
  • Changing the system language will change the menu design to the corresponding menu design as well as change the game boxes to reflect the region. On European/Australian systems, the PAL Mega Drive design is used when the language is set to English. On the North American NTSC system, setting the system to French or Spanish uses the NA menu settings (as these are common languages there).
  • In Japanese mode, Earthworm Jim, Vectorman, and Virtua Fighter 2 use their US artwork. Earthworm Jim was a Sega Channel exclusive in Japan, while the others were not released in Japan.