SEGA announced the sequel to its 2019 SEGA Genesis Mini console, the SEGA Genesis Mini 2, on June 3. With over 50 games, the Genesis Mini 2 looks like it will be a worthy follow-up to the original Genesis Mini, but the main problem will be availability.
Instead of robbing North America of the Genesis 2 Mini goodness, SEGA is instead releasing it through Amazon Japan via Amazon, and there won’t be a dedicated US release at all. So while you’ll still be able to preorder the Genesis Mini 2 for its October 27 North American release date, you’re actually preordering it from Japan. It’s a little confusing, but the semiconductor shortage is contributing to this odd decision, and if you really want one, you have no other choice.
Pre-order SEGA Genesis Mini 2
SEGA Genesis Mini 2
Sold by, and ships from, Amazon Japan. Shipping costs $21.99.
Since this is only available from Amazon via Amazon Japan, pricing is a bit odd, and seems to change daily. Shipping is also a consideration, as it doesn’t qualify for normal Prime shipping rates. It’s also going to be much rarer than the original SEGA Genesis Mini, so if you want to preorder one, keep that in mind.
Personally I wish we were getting a standard US release, but given the current state of electronics, I’ll take what I can get. It’s better than the situation was for the Game Gear Mini, which the US never got, in spite of the fact it’s really cool and kind of silly.
I reviewed the original SEGA Genesis Mini and I loved it. It’s one of the best, if not THE best, of the Mini consoles that took over after the runaway success of the NES and Super NES Classics.
What Games Are On the Sega Genesis Mini 2
SEGA announced the Genesis Mini 2 will have over 50 games built-in, but hasn’t announced the full roster yet. Unlike the original Genesis Mini, there’s a substantial focus on SEGA CD games, which puts it more inline with the (also excellent) TurboGrafx-16 Mini. Check out the gallery below to see which games are confirmed for the SEGA Genesis Mini 2, or check out our SEGA Genesis Mini 2 IGN Playlist.
SEGA Genesis Mini 2 Games
Some of these are reasonably obscure games, and in creating the IGN Playlist required creating entries in our backend gaming database for games like Mansion of Hidden Souls.
Here’s the complete list (so far) if you prefer reading:
- Sonic CD (Sega CD)
- Shining Force CD (Sega CD)
- Slipheed (Sega CD)
- Mansion of Hidden Souls (Sega CD)
- Night Striker (Sega CD)
- Ninha Wariors (Sega CD)
- After Burner II (Sega Genesis)
- OutRun (Sega Genesis)
- OutRunners (Sega Genesis)
- Virtua Racing (Sega Genesis)
- Vector Man 2 (Sega Genesis)
- The Ooze (Sega Genesis)
- Bonanza Brothers (Sega Genesis)
- Alien Soldier (Mega Drive)
- Rainbow Islands Extra (Sega Genesis)
- Splatter House 2 (Sega Genesis)
- Rolling Thunder 2 (Sega Genesis)
- Lightening Force (Sega Genesis)
- Fantasy Zone (Sega Genesis)
- Star Mobile (Sega Genesis)
The SEGA Gensis Mini 2 release date is October 27, and you can preorder one right now.
Seth Macy is Executive Editor, IGN Commerce, and just wants to be your friend. You can find him hosting the Nintendo Voice Chat podcast.