Mega Drive Mini

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Mega Drive Mini
Manufacturer: Sega, M2
Distributor: Ecoplay (Portugal), Epicsoft (Asia)
Built-in games: 42
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,980 (7,538)6,980e[1]
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,980 (9,698)8,980e[1]
Sega Mega Drive
ESRB: Teen
Sega Mega Drive
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
USK: 12
Sega Mega Drive
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
€79.9979.99 RTGSE0874
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
PEGI: 16+
Sega Mega Drive
$139.95139.95 MK16010-03
OFLC: Mature (M)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
GRB: 18
Sega Mega Drive
RM 359.00359.00[6]
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
GSRR: 12+
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
R 1,3991,399[8]

The Mega Drive Mini (メガドライブミニ), sold in North America and Southeast Asia as the Sega Genesis Mini, is a miniature Sega Mega Drive console with 42 built-in games. It was released in September 2019 for most regions, and two weeks later in October 2019 for Europe.

The development codename for the Mega Drive Mini was "Moon", following in the old tradition of Sega consoles being named after planets. Moon was chosen due to a misunderstanding that the Mega Drive's codename was "Earth"[9].

As of 2022, the Mega Drive Mini has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide.[10]


The Mega Drive Mini follows in the footsteps of other hardware manufacturers; Nintendo with its NES and Super NES Classic Edition units, Sony with its PlayStation Classic and SNK with its Neo Geo X Gold and Neo Geo Mini systems. The unit is designed to resemble the original model of Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis) at 55%[11] the size of the original, but is incompatible with any of the original games or controllers, relying solely on its built-in library of emulated games and slots for two USB peripherals. Video is output at 720p 60Hz via HDMI.

Prior to the console's release, other "mini Mega Drives" were available, such as the Sega Mega Drive Flashback by AtGames and a similar cost-reduced system by Tectoy, however while both are officially licensed by Sega, the Mega Drive Mini is the only one of the three to be developed by the company (although the actual software emulation was handled by M2). It was therefore marketed as being the more "official" product.

Also, unlike these older systems, Sega acquired the rights to feature games by a variety of third-party publishers in the Mega Drive Mini, including the likes of Konami, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Interplay, Electronic Arts and Taito.

In Japan, two packages were released - a standard edition with one USB Six Button Control Pad, and a "W" edition with two. In Western territories, the Mega Drive Mini only ships with three button control pads. Malaysia and the Philippines got both the US Genesis version and the Asian Mega Drive "W" version.

Technical specifications

  • System-on-chip: ZUIKI Z7213
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Output: 1 HDMI port
  • Storage: 512 MB NAND flash
  • Power: AXP223
  • Operating System: Linux kernel
  • Other: 2 USB controller ports


The menu interface from the European system.

The Mega Drive Mini presents the user with a graphical interface displaying the covers of every game included on the system. Twelve covers are displayed on the screen at a time, but the user can choose to display all games at once by pressing B, displaying their spines. The games can even be sorted alphabetically, by release date, by genre, or the number of supported players. The menu music is composed by Yuzo Koshiro of Streets of Rage fame.

Changing the system language in the settings menu will do more than just change the menu language; it will also change the menu interface to match the selected language, changing to a Japanese Mega Drive-themed menu for Japanese, Chinese and Korean, a Genesis-themed menu for English (with the exception of European/Australian systems), and a PAL Mega Drive-themed menu for French, Italian, German and Spanish. Most of the covers will also change to match those of the respective region, and alternate regional versions of the games can be played. Most intriguingly, changing the language of a Western system to Japanese will change Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine into Puyo Puyo. All games run at 60Hz regardless of system region, including the European versions of certain games such as Castlevania: Bloodlines and Landstalker which have been fully optimised to run at NTSC speeds (though Sonic Spinball remains unoptimised). Not all games have an alternate regional variant available and will remain the same. The Japanese and Asian models use the Virtual Console revision of The Revenge of Shinobi.

During a game, the user can call up System Menu at any time by pressing  START  and X together on a Six Button Control Pad, holding the  START  button down for a few seconds or by pressing the  RESET  button on the console. From this menu, the user can save their progress to a savestate, with each game supporting up to four savestates. Savestates will also remember which region the game is set to, so if the system language is changed, and the savestate is loaded, the regional variant of the game that was played when the savestate was created will be loaded.

The settings menu gives the user the ability to alter the display in various ways. Games can be displayed in a 4:3 aspect ratio or they can fill the entire screen, along with an optional CRT filter that blurs the image and displays scanlines. When playing in a 4:3 ratio, the user can choose to have one of two wallpapers displayed around the game screen to fill the blank space. The menu also includes a QR code that takes the user to a site hosting the original game manuals when scanned using a smartphone or tablet.

List of games

While all editions of the Mega Drive Mini contain 42 games, the lineup has been adjusted to better suit the region. All regions contain English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Korean menus which affect the language the game is in. Some inaccessible games might also be present on versions of the console, such as Disney's Aladdin and Mortal Kombat II on the European version[12] of the console.

For a more detailed list that specifies what language versions are available for each game, click the following link:

Main article: Mega Drive Mini/Versions.


United States / Europe / Australia / Southeast Asia / Middle East / Africa

China / Taiwan / South Korea / Southeast Asia W Edition

Hidden content

Main article: Mega Drive Mini/Hidden content.

Production credits

  • Directors: Naoki Horii, Takayuki Komabayashi
  • Planners: Takayuki Komabayashi, Tsuyoshi Matsuoka
  • Programmers: Daisuke Koizumi, Shintaro Ishikura, Tetsuya Abe, Yuu Igarashi, Hiroyuki Sawai, Makoto Harashino, Nobuhisa Shinoda, Takayuki Kawanishi, Jumpei Issiki
  • Graphic Designers: Makoto Shiina, Yoshiyasu Matsushita, Satoru Hasegawa, Goh Takahashi, Moriwo Ashizuka (TORO KIKAKU), Yoshimi Mishima (TORO KIKAKU), Ryoetsu Ino (WAMSOFT)
  • Package Art for "Value Games in a Can": CASIO Matsushita, Satoru Hasegawa, Takayuki Komabayashi
  • Sound Designers: Tatsuhiko Kasuga, Sakuoki Kudo
  • Library & Tools: Jun Okada, Hiroaki Goto (GORRY), Toshinori Yuuki (WAMSOFT), Go Watanabe (WAMSOFT)
  • Theme Music Composed: Yuzo Koshiro (Ancient), Mucom Dev Team (gasshi, onitama, OXYGEN, WING☆), Masanobu Kumata, quad
  • Project Manager: Takehiro Kawachi
  • Special Thanks: Jemini Hirono, Kazuki Kubota, Keiichi Sato, Shinnosuke Nemoto, Ryohey Miyaki
Darius for Mega Drive 2019
  • Planner & Programmer: Hideki Konishi
  • Supervisers: Hiroshi Uemura (Taito Corporation), Katsuhisa Ishikawa (ZUNTATA), Yuichi Toyama (Taito Corporation), Masato Nishimura (SEGA)
  • Special Thanks: Satoshi Fujishima (fupac)
Tetris for Mega Drive 2019
  • Programmers: Num Kadoma, Satoshi Fujishima (fupac)
  • Sound: WING☆
  • Music Driver: MUCOM88 ©YUZO KOSHIRO
SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA Europe Ltd.
SEGA Publishing Korea Ltd.
Special Thanks
In-game credits

Digital manuals

Promotional material

Main article: Mega Drive Mini/Promotional material.



North America


Physical scans

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, JP (W)
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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU

Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive Mini AU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, PT
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MegaDriveMini MD PT Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, PL
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, TW
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Mega Drive, SG/MY/PH/TH/ID
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Mega Drive, TR

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External links


Mega Drive Mini
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Mega Drive Mini Perfect Book (2019)
Mega Drive Mini: Celebration Album (2019)