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Sega Genesis Mini 2 launches in October for North America

Available only through Amazon, same day the console launches in Japan

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screen of After Burner 2 for Sega Genesis playing on a screen adjusted to a 4:3 aspect ratio
After Burner 2 on the Sega Genesis Mini 2, launching Oct. 27.
Image: Sega
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Sega’s second miniaturized throwback console — the Sega Genesis Mini 2 — will launch in North America on Oct. 27, the company announced on Wednesday.

The latest mini-console will feature more than 50 games — including Sega CD titles — and “even more power!” Sega said. One wonders if this includes the original console’s fabled “blast processing.”

The Sega CD titles include Sonic CD and Shining Force CD. Sega revealed 21 other games from the Genesis/Sega CD era with Wednesday’s announcement, including Splatterhouse 2, Shining in the Darkness, Super Hang On, and After Burner 2.

product packaging for the Sega Genesis Mini 2 Image: Sega

Here’s the full list of games revealed so far:

  • After Burner 2
  • Alien Soldier
  • Bonanza Brothers
  • Fantasy Zone (new Genesis port, previously released on Master System)
  • Lightening Force
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls (Sega CD)
  • Night Striker (Sega CD)
  • Ninja Warriors (Sega CD)
  • OutRun
  • OutRunners
  • Rainbow Islands Extra
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Shining Force CD (Sega CD)
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Silpheed (Sega CD)
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic CD (Sega CD)
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Star Mobile (new Genesis port, previously released on PC Engine)
  • Super Hang On
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman 2
  • Virtua Racing

Amazon lists the Sega Genesis Mini 2 as being sold from Amazon Japan, with a price of $103.80 and shipping from Japan at $21.99. That puts the total cost at an import of the mini console at $125.79.

Sega first announced the Sega Genesis Mini 2 during a livestream at the beginning of June, at the time scheduling it for a Japan launch also on Oct. 27. It is being sold exclusively through Amazon by Sega of Japan.

The newest console follows 2019’s Sega Genesis Mini, which launched with 42 games. That console answered 2017’s disappointing Sega Genesis Flashback HD, a mini-console made by AtGames that fell well short of fans’ expectations following Nintendo’s very successful NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition.

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