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Sega Genesis Mini

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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 the original Darius.

A cosmetic expansion was later released which included miniature versions of the Sega CD and 32X plus Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog (though other mini-carts can be found separately), all of which can be attached to the standalone Genesis Mini.

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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.

Japan

US

Europe/Australia

(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 is 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 the game to the selected language in some games (though not all). 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 packaging. The exceptions are Darius, which uses the same fan-created cover art in all regions; Earthworm Jim, which was a Sega Channel exclusive in Japan; and Vectorman and Virtua Fighter 2, which were not released in Japan. In Japanese mode, these games use their US artwork. In addition, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Monster World IV and Super Fantasy Zone received new Genesis-styled box art in the US version as Mega Man: The Wily Wars was a Sega Channel exclusive and Monster World IV and Super Fantasy Zone originally never came out in the US.
  • Changing the system language will change the menu design to the corresponding menu design as well as change the game box arts 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).