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Final 12 Genesis Mini Games List Includes One Of The World's Rarest Versions Of Tetris

by Imran Khan on Jun 04, 2019 at 07:59 AM

It's only been a few months since Sega unveiled the revamped Genesis Mini, their own take on the minconsole that they spent the last two years making sure they got completely right. One of the important factors in nailing the concept is the game library, which Sega has slowly drip-fed out since announcement. Now we finally have the last 12 games, rounding out the full library of 42, with a surprising addition.

The newly-announced games are in bold.

  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 Championship 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 The Hedgehog Spinball
  29. Vectorman
  30. Wonder Boy in Monster World
  31.  Tetris
  32. Darius
  33. Virtua Fighter 2
  34. Alisia Dragoon
  35. Monster World IV
  36. Kid Chameleon
  37. Road Rash II
  38. Eternal Champions
  39. Columns
  40. Dynamite Headdy
  41. Strider
  42. Light Crusader

Tetris is a shocking addition, much like Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic. For those who don't know, Tetris was fully developed by Sega and an actual production run for the game started when some licensing issues halted the intended release. Supposedly, only 5-10 copies of the game exist, with Sega having likely ordered the entire first production run destroyed but some employees having managed to sneak some out. One copy signed by Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov had an asking price of $1,000,000 at auction; it did not sell anywhere near that amount, for the record.

The last 12 list also includes the Genesis version of Strider, which is commonly considered the best of the games based off the original arcade release. I'm also surprised anyone besides me remembers Alisia Dragoon, that game where you equip dragons and they follow you around and fight enemies for you.

Sega's Genesis Mini launches on September 19 for $79.99.