Just recently, Nintendo announced they were releasing a mini-version of their Nintendo console, and it got so much attention that now it seems Sega is doing the exact same thing with the Sega Genesis.

The new product coming from Sega is called the mini Mega Drive and will include 80 built-in Genesis games available in two versions, the console version and the handheld version.

When Nintendo announced their mini console, fans completely lost it over the news. The NES Classic is supposed to include only 30 built-in games, so of course Sega saw this as an opportunity to top Nintendo.

According to Pocket Gamer, the Mega Drive will include these games:

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

While it doesn't include all of the classics, there is a spot in the console to slide in a Sega Genesis cartridge.

I was always a fan of the Sega Genesis with games likeGhouls N' Ghosts and ESWAT, and it really excites me that Sega and Nintendo are having a retro console war. What more could a diehard gaming fan ask for?

Some of the comments I've seen online have argued that the 80 built-in games for the Mega Drive are a lot of crap compared to the line-up on the NES Classic, and I kind of agree with them. This is very similar to the mini console they tried to release in stores like Bed, Bath And Beyond and Walmart, which some has noted was broken and awful. So while Sega may have more games lined up for its mini console, NES might still be in the lead in this console race.

The mini Mega Drive is available for pre-order for £49.99 on Funstockretro in the UK.

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