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Sega Genesis Mini: all 42 games coming to the tiny console

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Sega announced the final 12 games on the roster, including Road Rash 2 and a surprise port of Darius

The box art for Columns on the Sega Genesis
The box art for Columns on the Sega Genesis.
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Sega confirmed on Tuesday the final 12 games that will be included in the Sega Genesis Mini, bringing the total roster to 42, two more than originally planned. The last dozen games include two rival puzzle games, two notorious fighting games, and a brand-new port of an arcade classic.

Darius is the biggest surprise. The 1987 arcade game famously spread its shoot-’em-up action across three screens. It inspired numerous sequels, many of which were recently collected in Darius Cozmic Collection, released on Nintendo Switch in Japan. The Darius port for Sega Genesis Mini is entirely new and will run on a single TV screen.

The list also includes the Sega Genesis versions of Virtua Fighter 2 and Eternal Champions; EA’s cult hit Road Rash 2; and Capcom’s side-scrolling action-platformer Strider. For me, the real standouts on the list are the once-great puzzle game rivals Columns and Tetris.

Here are the 12 newly announced additions to the Sega Genesis Mini:

The Final 12

  • Tetris
  • Darius
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Monster World 4
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Road Rash 2
  • Eternal Champions
  • Columns
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Strider
  • Light Crusader

And here’s the full list of Sega Genesis Mini games, including the newly announced additions to its roster:

  • 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
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Thunder Force 3
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi 3
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Landstalker
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
  • Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Golden Axe
  • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Tetris
  • Darius
  • Road Rash 2
  • Strider
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Monster World 4
  • Eternal Champions
  • Columns
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Light Crusader

The Sega Genesis Mini will be released Sept. 19 and will cost $79.99. The U.S. version will include two three-button controllers, perfect for Columns multiplayer.