Our wishlist for the last 10 Genesis Mini games (SEGA Week Special)

SEGA has been knocking it out of the park with the games announced for their upcoming Genesis Mini. The first 30 of the 40 pre-installed titles have now been revealed, with the list of confirmed games below:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Landstalker
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi 3
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Thunder Force 3
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

That leaves SEGA fanboys with just 10 games to speculate over. Since we’re big fans of random speculation, here’s our own wishlist for the remaining games yet to be announced.

10. Rocket Knight Adventures

Konami is already on board in supporting SEGA’s mini console, tossing in Genesis-exclusive installments from classic Konami series in the form of Contra: Hard Corps and Castlevania: Bloodlines. It may not take too much convincing on SEGA’s part to also snag Konami’s Genesis-exclusive mascot platformer Rocket Knight Adventures.

If you’ve never played the original RKA, you may be tempted to think that it’s a Sonic or Mario clone action/platformer, but you’d be mistaken. In RKA, your hero is a sword-wielding, rocket pack-wearing possum named Sparkster, who can hang upside down from platforms, blast across the screen for long-range attacks, even take to the sky in stages designed more like a shooter than a platformer. Plus, it’s fun.

Is there room for two rodentine mascots on the Genesis Mini? We think so.

9. Crusader of Centy

Landstalker and Beyond Oasis may scratch the itch for gamers looking for a Zelda-like experience on their Genesis Mini, but another great addition would be the elusive adventure/RPG Crusader of Centy. Why do I call it “elusive?” Because the original game will run you well over $100 just for the cartridge alone, so including Crusader of Centy would certainly raise the value proposition of the Genesis Mini for SEGA collectors.

Despite not being a SEGA-developed game at the time, Crusader of Centy was in fact developed by Atlus, who SEGA now owns. C’mon, SEGA! Crusader of Centy should be an easy one to drop in, right? It even had a Sonic cameo!

8. Alisia Dragoon

If you were a reader of Diehard GameFan in the 90s, you may recall a section in the back of the magazine called “The Graveyard” which highlighted under-selling, under-appreciated games. This was where I discovered Alisia Dragoon, a unique fantasy/action game featuring a lightning-throwing heroine. Alisia is accompanied on her adventure by four familiars, a dragon, griffin, flame, and-er-a flying gecko-thing, each with their own unique abilities.

Alisia Dragoon had well-drawn environments, a great soundtrack and was a joy to play. It was also a very early example of blending RPG elements into what would otherwise resemble a more standard action game. Who has the rights to Game Arts’ games these days? Give them a call, SEGA!

7. Pulseman

Both Mega Man: the Wily Wars and Super Fantasy Zone never saw a physical U.S. release on the Genesis, so why not add another desirable import?

Pulseman is often described as a blend of Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog, but that oversimplifies what is actually a fairly unique action/platformer. While it’s fast-paced like Sonic and bears a visual resemblance to Mega Man, your character can manipulate electricity for a variety of effects.

Pulseman was developed by Game Freak before Pokémon launched them into the success stratosphere. However, we know that they still play nice with SEGA, who published Game Freak’s Tembo the Badass Elephant a few years ago. Seems to me that a deal could be made to include Pulseman, don’t you think?

6. M.U.S.H.A.

Shooters were a very strong genre for the SEGA Genesis, and while there are a couple of shooters already revealed for the Genesis Mini, there is not yet a vertical scrolling one, and M.U.S.H.A. is one of the best. Not only is M.U.S.H.A. a fine specimen for the strengths of the Genesis hardware, but acquiring a legit copy of the original cartridge is quite expensive, easily running collectors in the triple digits of dollars.

It’s unknown whether SEGA currently has the rights to include it, but they were able to publish a digital version of M.U.S.H.A. on the Wii Virtual Console several years ago. It therefore stands to reason that the foundations for new deal could be struck. If not? We will also accept Truxton as our vertically scrolling shooter instead.

5. QuackShot

SEGA looks to have already struck a deal with Disney to include both Castle of Illusion and World of Illusion on the Genesis Mini, so why not wrap QuackShot starring Donald Duck in with that deal?

QuackShot is a fan-favorite among Genesis owners, featuring a completely different style of gameplay from its Mickey Mouse-starring cousins. Donald travels the globe in a nonlinear Indiana Jones-style adventure in which he visits (and revisits) exotic locales in search of items and weapon upgrades which open up new paths, giving QuackShot a unique play style for the Genesis.

Give the duck his due, SEGA!

4. Streets of Rage 3

Sure, Streets of Rage 2 is already on the list, but if any other series besides Sonic deserves to have two games included in the SEGA Genesis Mini, it’s Streets of Rage. Besides, with Streets of Rage 4 finally becoming a reality, it makes sense to take advantage of opportunities to promote the series.

While it’s hard to choose between the original SoR and SoR3, the latter is a bigger game, has more characters, more possible endings, and therefore more replayability than the first game.

But please SEGA, whatever you do, don’t use the code for the censored U.S. release of SoR3. Blaze Fielding was meant to dazzle in bright red, not snooze in dull gray.

3. Aladdin

With the new live-action version of Aladdin now in theaters, the time is right for Disney to allow SEGA to include the classic video game interpretation of Aladdin in their Genesis Mini. Helmed by a tag-team of SEGA, Virgin, and Disney, Aladdin is regarded as one of the true gems on the Genesis. Featuring silky-smooth animations by Disney animators and gameplay designed by many of the creators of Earthworm Jim, Aladdin was truly a killer app in SEGA’s arsenal during the 16-bit console wars.

Disney is on board with the Genesis Mini, but there may still be a rights issue considering that Virgin was the lead developer behind the game. It might take a couple of rubs of the lamp, but let’s hope that SEGA can make this wish come true!

2. Rock ‘N Roll Racing

Even with 30 games already revealed, there is not a single racing or driving game confirmed for the Genesis Mini. Sure, SEGA could drop in one if their own racers like OutRun or OutRun 2019, but the most crowd-pleasing addition would probably be Interplay’s Rock ‘N Roll Racing.

An isometric racer similar to R.C. Pro-Am, Rock ‘N Roll Racing is set in what looks like a colorful version of Mad Max. You have plenty of cars, drivers, and weapons to choose from, plus two-player support, which is still a bit lacking in the selection of games confirmed so far.

It may be difficult to get the rights for this one, though, as the soundtrack featured chiptune versions of classic rock songs such as Bad to the Bone and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. If those rights issues can be worked out, Rock ‘N Roll Racing would be a great addition to the Genesis Mini.

1. X-Men

In the early 90s (back when the X-Men actually looked like superheroes), the Genesis was the best place to play an X-Men game outside of an arcade.

You’re already humming the title screen music in your head, aren’t you? It’s distracting you from asking the obvious question of “Won’t it be a problem getting the rights from Marvel to include X-Men?”

Well, Marvel is owned by Disney now, and as we’ve already explained above, Disney is playing ball with SEGA allowing them to include some of their other properties. The X-Men games were staples on the Genesis, so it’d be a damn shame if SEGA’s mini console didn’t include one. However, it may be difficult to emulate the “press the reset button to beat the game” moment from the first game, so if all we get is X-Men 2: Clone Wars, that would be 100% fine, too. The sequel is honestly a better game, anyway, plus you can play as Psylocke… meow!

Again, this is just our wishlist and we’re probably going to get slightly more standard SEGA fare with the last 10 games. I’m thinking Ristar, Columns, Dynamite Headdy, another Phantasy Star, and at least one or two games with Sonic in the title. Solid titles, of course, but let’s hope SEGA can manage at least a few more surprises.

So what do you think of our list? Are there specific games that you want to see included on the SEGA Genesis Mini? Are you tired of reading the word “mini?” Let us know in the comments!


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