Among the news of the week the one that caught my eye is the November release of the Mega Drive/Genesis Mini.
At first I thought it were the usual At Games replica, something I won’t dare to touch not be cause of the quality of the roster of games but because if I have to spend money for a mini console I’d like at least that it were made by the official company (like the case of the NES Mini and the SNES Mini).
I skipped the PS1 Mini because I thought it were a bad replica with mediocre games (and in hindsight my prevision was good) but I don’t think I’ll pass also the Mega Drive Mini.
First of all, as far as I understand, is an official Sega product and the “restyling” of the games to suit to the modern TVs has been handed my M2 and it should be an insurance of quality. But the thing that really positively surprised me is the games list announced. The final version of the console will feature a whopping number of 40 games (not bad for a replica), 20 of which have already been announced, with the other 20 that will be revealed from time to time at a time from here till the November release.
Regarding the price, it will be in line with the other mini consoles and is set to be $79.99/£69.99/€79.99/AUD$139.95. Considering the amount of titles it’s a pretty good trade off. Is not only the number of games to be substantial but also their quality. Aside from the classic and inevitable Sonic games, a must for every Sega console, we find some high quality games and some games that today are hard to find or too pricey, making the replica a good occasion for “poor” gamers to try them almost on the real thing.
Two games that really caught my eye and I really look forward to play because I’ve never tried them and I’m desperately trying to find CIB without spending hundreds of euros are Castlevania: Bloodlines, the only incursion of the Belmont Saga in Sega territory and Comix Zone that I’ve played only on PC in the mid-90s. Another game I really want to try, even though is not right up my alley (I suck with RPGs) is Shining Force. Then there will be plenty of fun with Contra: Hard Corps, Thunder Force III and Super Fantasy Zone, not to mention Shinobi III and Streets of Rage II.
So a solid lineup whose quality can only improve for the joy of non-hardcore fans (not the ones that “ewww” anytime a mini console is released) waiting to play great classic they never had the chance to put their hands on.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
- Earthworm Jim
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Thunder Force III
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Streets of Rage 2
There’s plenty to play!