With the announcement of the new Sega Genesis Mini came a tease of just 10 of the 40 games that will be available to play on it. This list will be filled out every time Sega announces any more games, which we believe they will announce in a bundle of 10 games over the coming months. So far we have all but 10 of the released games, some great, some not so great.

Splish splash: Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin was a real game changer when it first appeared on the Genesis. With its unique, underwater gameplay, it took the traditional platformer and turned it on its head.

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Mosnters and whips: Castlevania: Bloodlines

Castlevania is apparently the eleventh game in the series and the first and only to appear on the Sega Genesis. The Castlevania series is fan favorite all around the world, spawning multitudes of games and even a Netflix show.

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Not a winner: Space Harrier 2

I know next to nothing about Space Harrier 2 except to say it looks like a terrible shooting/flying game and I am unlikely to ever actually play it on the Genesis Mini. Some games look to be amazing retro classics, others, not so much.

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JRPG fun: Shining Force

Shining force is a pretty fun RPG. It's a turn-based game where you get to control multiple people in an almost tactics style of gameplay.

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Franchise power!: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Dr. Robotnik, the antagonist of Sonic the Hedgehog, got his own video game once upon a time. The mean bean machine is a cross between Gems on the Master System and Tetris. The beans fall from the sky and you have to connect to continue through the levels.

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Cult classic: Toe Jam & Earl

Toe Jam & Earl is another cult classic that, when you look back at the original game, is actually quite bad. What made the game a favorite was the irreverence the developers took with even their own characters.

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Distinct platformer: Comix Zone

I had never seen this game before today! How did I not play this game? it looks awesome! You are a comic artist trying to fight out of your comic which is cool, but then you can use the comic to move through the platforms.

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Sega's mascot: Sonic the Hedgehog

Of course, Sonic is on the Sega Genesis mini, Sonic is Sega. I assume at least one or two more games will be on the Mini as well. We all want to see Tails after all, don't we?

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GRRR ARGHH: Altered Beast

Ahh, Altered Beast. Another terrible game masquerading as a cult classic. While the premise of the game was excellent, the gameplay mechanics were just awful. I honestly can't wait to show my 12-year-old kid how hard his Dad had it when he was young.

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Kid Contra: Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes is another game I hadn't heard of until today, but it actually looks like a lot of fun. It has a Contra vibe mixed with childlike manga heroes, with just a pinch of Streets of Rage mixed in.

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Body Whip!: Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim is a cult classic. For those of us who grew up in the '90s, we had the game sure, but we also had a cartoon that was irreverent, funny, and has moments that stick in my mind 25 years later.

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Helicopter Tails: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Looks like our hope paid off. It makes sense for Sonic 2 to be on here as well, it cemented the game mechanics and is, arguably, the best one.

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Disney classic: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Castle of Illusion is an excellent platformer that cemented Disney as a player in the gaming space. It's exciting to see Disney games on this list and gives me hope we might see Alladin or the Lion King games too.

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Disney Classic Redux: World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

The natural progression from Castle of Illusion and the addition of a two-player component makes World of Illusion a worthy game for this system. The more Disney the better right? Also, don't these feel like the beginnings of Kingdom Hearts?

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Super soldiers: Contra: Hard Corps

I remember Contra being one of the games my sister loved. She could actually play as a girl, and she got to shoot the place up. It was an awesome side scroller.

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Side scrolling king: Streets of Rage 2

Streets of Rage 2 is another classic that I adore. The side-scrolling, beat em up continued to be a favorite because of its replayability, and the chance to play has different characters.

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R-type clone: Thunder Force III

I have never heard of this one but it looks like a classic R-Type clone, side-scrolling with frantic gameplay with bullets everywhere. Looks like a lot of fun for anyone who loves R-Type.

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Cutesy R-type: Super Fantasy Zone

This looks very similar to the game we just looked at but with cute graphics and a bubbly theme. I can safely say this game will not grace the screens at my home.

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Ninja chop!: Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

I remember Shinobi and Strider being some of the very best Genesis games. The side-scrolling action with ninja moves always gave me a lot of fun.

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The Smegends of Shmelda: Landstalker

This game is definitely not the Legends of Zelda. Nope. No green glad, elf-looking kid killing people with a sword here sir. What's that Mr. Nintendo? A rip off of Link? Gracious no, this is a completely unique game experience.

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Still great: Mega Man: The Wily Wars

Mega Man is a franchise that survives the test of time because it always had fun gameplay, and Wily Wars is no exception. Another game I'm looking forward to revisiting

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RYUKEN!: Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

Does this game need me to explain what it is? I don't think so. There is an entire genre of games that exist specifically because of this game.

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Cash Grab: Sonic Spinball

This game feels like it came directly from the casino levels in Sonic the Hedgehog. It's a great game though something of a money grab, cashing in on Sonic mania.

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RPG fun!: Phantasy Star IV

Phantasy Star IV looks like it could be either a lot of fun or tediously dull. It's hard to tell and I don't remember playing it. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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Not Wonderwall: Beyond Oasis

Beyond Oasis has a wonderful cartoon feel to it. The hack and slash gameplay are fairly generic but the visuals really pop on screen.

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Shiny Knights: Ghouls 'N Ghosts

Why did these games have such terrible jumping mechanics? It was maddening! still, Ghouls 'N Ghosts is a classic and I love it.

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The other game: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Sure, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is a good game, we can all agree, but is it as good as Alex Kidd in Miracle World? No. No, it isn't.

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Traditional tropes!: Golden Axe

Golden Axe is the perfect trope machine. a Dwarf with an ax? check. A scantily clad woman with a sword? check. A barbarian with more muscles than human beings possess? check. Perfect game.

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Wall-e with guns: Vectorman

The Earth is a wasteland and the robots have taken over. Can you side-scroll, and bullet-storm your way through? Sure you can.

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Arcade classic: Wonder Boy in Monster World

I think the Wonderboy games will always shine bright in my memory as the arcade classic they were. I can't wait to play this again.

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What other games do you want to see?

While we are waiting for the last 10 games to drop tell us, what games would you love to see in this list? I know I want California Games and Out Run at the minimum, but there are a lot of potential games out there to hope for.

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Sega Genesis Mini

New Mini madness

The Sega Genesis Mini, with its 40 games onboard, is shaping up to be an exciting proposition for any retro game fan. If you already have the other two classic consoles you will need this in your life.

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