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Mega Man, Street Fighter II Coming To Genesis Mini

Mega Man: The Wily Wars.
Mega Man: The Wily Wars.
Screenshot: Capcom (Sega)

Sega has revealed the next batch of 10 games coming to its Genesis Mini console, including Capcom classics like Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

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Of particular interest is Mega Man: The Wily Wars, an enhanced compilation of the first three games in the series that includes an extra Genesis-exclusive stage. While it was released on cartridge in Japan and Europe, it only came to the U.S. via the early 16-bit online service called Sega Channel. It’s never been rereleased since.

You probably won’t have very much fun with Street Fighter II right out of the box, since the Genesis Mini only includes 3-button controllers, which are sub-optimal for 6-button fighting games. However, Sega also announced today that the currently available $15 6-button Genesis-style USB controllers from the hardware maker Retro-Bit will work with the Genesis Mini. Retro-Bit will also make a $20 6-button controller designed specifically for the Mini, which it will release in August. The Genesis Mini itself will be released on September 9.

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Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition.
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition.
Screenshot: Capcom (Sega)

The other games announced today include many more Sega favorites:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Golden Axe
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

Sega will unveil the fourth and final batch of games on June 4. A livestream announcement of Japan’s final 10 games will feature Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro, who composed the Genesis Mini’s menu music. The original Streets of Rage has yet to be confirmed for the Genesis Mini, so it’s likely that Koshiro himself will make that announcement in Japan. If previous announcements are any indication, the final 10 U.S. games will be announced shortly after that livestream.

Here are the 30 games announced so far for the Genesis Mini in the U.S.

  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 Spinball
  29. Vectorman
  30. Wonder Boy in Monster World
Beyond Oasis.
Beyond Oasis.
Screenshot: Sega
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The Japanese version, called Mega Drive Mini, has a somewhat different selection of games. Most of these are Japan-only releases that wouldn’t make much sense to include on the Western versions of the console, although a few, like the rare shooter MUSHA and Revenge of Shinobi, would seem to be good candidates for worldwide release. We’ll finally know the whole roster on June 4.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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DISCUSSION

I’m going to have to pick one of these up just for The Wily Wars. Mega Man 2 was the first game I ever beat by myself, back in 1989, and it will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.

I’ll probably yell and scream about any attempt to “enhance” it, but I also must know what is in this “enhanced” edition.