Sega Megadrive on Sonic background

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The mini retro console wars are officially on!

Sega has licensed new versions of its Mega Drive/Genesis console to compete with the upcoming NES Classic Edition from Nintendo, meaning only one thing: The console wars have gone retro.

Fans went nuts when Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition was coming this year. The game system is a precious miniature version of the console that made so many of us fall in love with video games as kids. Sega's versions, which coincide with Sonic's 25th anniversary, kick up the offerings a notch with 80 built-in games available in two housings: one console and one handheld. That's 50 more than the 30 Nintendo is offering with the NES Classic Edition.


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The handheld version also has a SD slot so you can get even more games. Both are available for preorder through U.K. online retailer for about $65 each. It's worth noting that these mini Sega systems are not an entirely new thing, but this is a Sonic 25th branded rerelease. There are a few from prior years floating around Amazon, and the adorable Sega Genesis II was one of the first pint-sized consoles (although you still had to load individual games into that one).

Can we get a miniature PlayStation, Sony? That would be amazing.

The games included on the Sega systems are: 

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Chakan: The Forever Man
  • Columns
  • Columns III
  • ComixZone
  • Crack Down
  • DecapAttack
  • Dr. Robotnik'sMean Bean Machine
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Phantasy Star 3
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog II
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sword of Varmilion
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman II
  • Mortal Kombat I
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat III

Plus these bonus SEGA Arcade/Puzzle games:

  • Adventure in the Park
  • Cross the road
  • Jack's Pea
  • Jewel Magic
  • Curling 2010
  • Plumbing Contest
  • Wall-Breaking
  • Bubble Master
  • Break a Fireline
  • Mahjong Solitaire
  • Warehouse Keeper
  • Chess
  • Memory
  • Snake
  • Air Hockey
  • Spider
  • Naval Power
  • Mr. Balls
  • Cannon
  • Fight or Lose
  • Bottle Taps Race
  • Bomber
  • Checker
  • Hexagonos
  • Whack-A-Wolf
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Panic Lift
  • Black Sheep
  • Flash Memory
  • Brain Switch
  • Mega Brain Switch
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Dominant Amber
  • Hide and Seek
  • Jura Formula
  • Lost World Sudoku
  • Meatloaf Rotation
  • Mya Master Mind
  • Skeleton Scale
  • T-Rex Memory Match
  • Yawning Triceratops

H/T Pocket Gamer

Updated 12pm CT: The story has been updated to include the list of games. 

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