Sega Reveals Mega Drive Mini 2 for Japan, Will Include CD Games

Still no word on whether the Sega Genesis Mini 2 will come to the US.

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Screengrab of the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 from the Japanese reveal trailer

Sega revealed the Mega Drive Mini 2 on Friday. The Mega Drive was known as the Sega Genesis in the US. 

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Mini video game consoles, such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic editions, had a moment in the late 2010s, and it seems Sega isn't done with them yet.

During a Japanese Sega livestream Friday, the company revealed the Mega Drive Mini 2, featuring Mega CD games, according to a translation of the livestream by Video Game Chronicle. The Mega Drive Mini 2 will feature 50 games in total, as well as a "mysterious new work." The miniaturized console is set to launch Oct. 27 for a price of 9,980 yen, or around $75. 

The list of games shown off in the trailer is as follows:

  • Bonanza Bros (Mega Drive)
  • Fantasy Zone (new Mega Drive port)
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls (Mega CD)
  • Magical Taruruto (Mega Drive)
  • Popful Mail (Mega CD)
  • Shining Force CD (Mega CD)
  • Shining in the Darkness (Mega Drive)
  • Silpheed (Mega CD)
  • Sonic CD (Mega CD)
  • Thunder Force IV (Mega Drive)
  • Virtua Racing (Mega Drive)

Sega declined to comment.

The Mega Drive was known as the Sega Genesis in the US. The Genesis, first released in 1988, had two redesigns during its lifetime. Version 2, released in 1994, is what the Mega Drive Mini 2 will be based on. CNET gave the first Sega Genesis Mini an 8.8, and it seems reasonable to expect that the Mini 2 will keep the same attention to detail and quality.