Mega Drive Mini reveals full line-up, adds one of the rarest games ever

Sega’s mini-sized 16-bit console now has 42 games instead of 40, as two retro rarities are added to the list.

Rather than a final 10, Sega has revealed a final 12 retro games to be added to the Mega Drive Mini, creating an impressive line-up of genuine classics and some interesting curios.

The mini console certainly seems more in line with Nintendo’s efforts than the disappointing PlayStation Classic, especially as highly regarded developer M2 are handling the emulation.

Today’s announcements include Tetris, 2D shooter Darius, Virtua Fighter 2, obscure action platformer Alisia Dragoon, Monster World IV, Kid Chameleon, Road Rash II, fighting game Eternal Champions, puzzler Columns, Strider, Dynamite Headdy, and fellow Treasure game Light Crusader.

The full line-up of games is below and while some will no doubt still pick fault with the selection Sega has clearly put a lot of effort into getting third party publishers on board.

It’s the inclusion of Tetris that’s the real surprise though as the game was never officially released back in the day. Sega got duped over the rights and when they found out they didn’t actually have the licence to publish it had to quickly cancel it, with only a handful of cartridges ever making it into private hands.

Darius is even more peculiar because there is, or rather was, no Mega Drive version of the game. What seems to have happened is that a Japanese fan programmed it themselves and when Sega found out about it they added it to the Mini – or at least that’s what we think is going on, as there don’t seem to be any English sources confirming the story at the moment.

And just for an extra dose of craziness Sega are releasing fake peripherals for the Mini in Japan, so you can pretend you have a Mega CD, Sega 32X, and a cartridge inserted in it. Although they don’t actually do anything.

The Mega Drive Mini console is due out on 19 September and comes in at a surprisingly reasonable £69.99, with two replica controllers.

All 42 Mega Drive Mini games

Sonic The Hedgehog
Ecco The Dolphin
Castlevania: The New Generation
Space Harrier 2
Shining Force
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
ToeJam & Earl
Comix Zone
Altered Beast
Gunstar Heroes
Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
World Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse And Donald Duck
Thunder Force III
Super Fantasy Zone
Shinobi III
Streets Of Rage II
Earthworm Jim
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle
Story Of Thor
Golden Axe
Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium
Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
Wonder Boy In Monster World
Road Rash II
Virtua Fighter 2
Alisia Dragoon
Kid Chameleon
Monster World IV
Eternal Champions
Dynamite Headdy
Light Crusader

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