Sega has announced the next 10 games for the Sega Genesis Mini, bringing the total unveiled games to 30 of the expected 40. On top of that, Sega really isn’t holding back on what should be in this system. Let’s look at the newly announced 10 games.
Originally released on March 15th, 1995, you play as Prince Ali in this single-player, action-adventure game — who has discovered a buried gold “armlet” which once belonged to a wizard who waged a long war against the evil wielder of a silver armlet. The silver armlet was used to create chaos and destruction, while the gold armlet had the power to summon four spirits: the water spirit named “Dytto,” the fire spirit called “Efreet,” the shadow spirit of “Shade,” and the plant spirit known as “Bow.” Ali travels the land of Oasis and gradually acquires the ability to summon all these spirits in an attempt to stop the person who has discovered the ancient silver armlet and is once again using it for evil. The game has action-adventure elements similar to The Legend of Zelda series. Along the way, the player picks up special items to restore health and magic, special weapons to help defeat enemies, and the four magic spirits found in shrines to aid Prince Ali’s mission. This is a wonderful addition to the collection and definitely worth playing.
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
This single-player (or multiplayer, if you have someone to play with) platformer game, released on September 1989 takes place three years after the events of Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Monsters and demons have returned and a beam of light struck through Princess Prin Prin and stole her soul. Now it’s up to the knight Arthur to defeat the evil Lucifer and restore the souls of Prin Prin and the people. The player controls the knight Arthur, who must advance through a series of eerie levels and defeat a number of undead and demonic creatures throughout his quest to restore all the people killed by Lucifer (or “Loki” as he was known in the English-language Mega Drive and Master System versions) — including his beloved Princess Prin Prin.
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Released in North America on March 20, 1991, this story continues that of Alex Kidd in Miracle World (1986). Alex lives on Planet Aries which is ruled by his brother named King Igul. After hearing a rumor that his long-lost father, King Thor, is still alive on Planet Paperock, Alex travels to the planet to search for him. This single-player platformer is a bit of a surprise to see in this list as it has received mixed reviews ever since it was released, but I’m sure it’s loved and has its fans who cherish it.
This is a game I remember playing with my brothers growing up … This “Beat ‘Em Up” style, single/multiplayer game was released in North America on the Genesis on February 1st, 1990. The game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria (think of “Conan the Barbarian” and you’ll get the gist of what the world is like). An evil entity known as Death Adder has captured the King and his daughter, and holds them captive in their castle. He also finds the Golden Axe, the magical emblem of Yuria, and threatens to destroy both the axe and the royal family unless the people of Yuria accept him as their ruler. Three warriors set out on a quest to rescue Yuria and avenge their losses at the hands of Death Adder — a battle ax-wielding dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead, a male barbarian called Ax Battler, and an amazon known as Tyris Flare. Use magic and your weapons to defeat your enemies on your way to Death Adder as well as ride mythical beasts to fight your foes. This was a hit for Sega back in the day and is still a hit today.
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
This role-playing game was released for the Genesis in North America in 1995. It is the fourth and final game in the original Phantasy Star series, concluding the story of the Algol Star System. It was the last Phantasy Star game until Phantasy Star Online, which has a mainly unrelated story to this game. Phantasy Star IV kept many of the gameplay elements of the previous game, including turn-based battles, overhead exploration, and magic spells. If you love Phantasy Star or turn-based RPG games, you should check this one out.
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
Originally released in North America on September 27, 1993, The Genesis version was originally intended to be a standalone port of Champion Edition, similar to the PC Engine version. However, following the announcement of Street Fighter II Turbo for the SNES, Sega ordered their version to be delayed so that Capcom could add all of the extra content from the SNES Turbo version as well, resulting in the title change. It’s also the reason why a six-button controller was made for the Genesis. Special Champion Edition consists of a “Champ” mode with Champion Edition rules and a “Hyper” mode with Hyper Fighting rules.
Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Released December 31, 1994 via the Sega Channel, this compilation by Capcom for the Sega Genesis features remakes of the first three Mega Man games (Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3) that were originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It never had a physical release in North America (just Japan and Europe) until now and is the biggest surprise to me out of all 30 games announced so far … so throw away your old bootleg cart and be sure to grab this system.
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (or as it is commonly known as Sonic Spinball) was developed by Sega Technical Institute for the Sega Genesis and released on November 18th, 1993. Players control Sonic the Hedgehog, who must stop Doctor Robotnik from enslaving the population in a giant pinball-like mechanism. The game is set in a series of pinball machine-like environments, and Sonic acts as a pinball for the majority of the game. The game was hastily designed amid time constraints with most work taking place over two months, which caused the game to be heavily criticized for its controls. Hopefully, M2 will fix them before the Mini’s release.
Originally released on October 24, 1995 in North America, you play as Vectorman … a humble orbot in charge of cleaning up toxic sludge by simply discharging it into the sun. As he lands on Earth after his last trip, then he finds chaos and confusion. Because all the other orbots are controlled by Warhead (who was once known as Raster) a high-level orbot who watches Earth through a planet-wide computer network. He was accidentally attached to a working nuclear missile by a lesser orbot and goes insane. With Vectorman having not been affected because he was away, he takes it upon himself to destroy the errant orbot and restore peace to Earth.
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Wonder Boy In Monster World puts you in control of Shion in his quest to save Monster World from the evil BioMeka. It controls like your standard platform game: run, jump, crouch, and kill enemies. The game is filled with adventure elements close to the ones in The Legend of Zelda such as talking to townsfolk, collecting money to buy items, extending your life bar by collecting hearts, and equipping a large variety of armor, weapons, and magic. It’s another fun game worth checking out.
So there you have it … Those are the 10 newly announced games for the Sega Genesis Mini. With 10 more left to go, I can’t wait to see what they are! Stay here with us at GamingLyfe for the latest on this amazing retro system.