Sega has revealed half of the 40 games coming to the Sega Genesis Mini. Here are 10 more 16-bit classics we want that’d have us screaming SEEEGAAA like ’90s kids again.
This September, the Sega Genesis Mini will release worldwide, bringing with it waves of nostalgia and a chance for a new generation of gamers to enjoy some timeless classics. The original home console was host to many phenomenal titles, and its upcoming miniature replica will be loaded with 40 of them.
Sega has revealed the first 20 games to be included with the Mini, which includes the likes of Sonic The Hedgehog, ToeJam & Earl and even Ecco The Dolphin. With 20 games still left to be revealed, we take a look at 10 games we’d love to see on the Sega Genesis Mini.
Sega Genesis Mini: 10 Classic 16-Bit Games We Want
- Disney’s Aladdin
- Theme Park
- NBA Jam Tournament Edition
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
- The Lion King
- Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Mortal Kombat II
- Zombies Ate My Neighbors
- Super Street Fighter 2
- NHL ‘94
Disney’s Aladdin was a staple for Sega Genesis owners: it had gorgeous visuals, which should come as no surprise as its settings and animations designed by actual Disney staff, and large, dynamic levels filled to the brim with new challenges and enemies. This game is one of the most polished side-scrollers on the platform, even earning accolades over its somewhat different SNES version. Thanks to that, it’s also the third-highest selling Genesis game after the Sonic series. If we had one wish for Genie to grant, it’d be for Disney’s Aladdin to be included in the Sega Genesis Mini.
When Peter Molyneux released Theme Park with now-defunct Bullfrog Productions in 1994, he inspired simulation games for generations to come. The game challenges you to take an empty plot of land and build a profitable theme park in its stead, managing everything from rides and shops to staff, stocks and unruly customers. Theme Park strikes a fantastic balance between being realistic, fun and accessible, and that’s what makes it a timeless classic that deserves a spot on the Sega Genesis Mini.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition
NBA Jam didn’t just push the envelope when it comes to sports games’ visuals and easter eggs, it made one of the most iconic and fun sports games of all time. With commentators shouting ludicrous phrases like “boom shakalaka” as you netted a slam dunk, NBA Jam showed that a sports game could attract a mainstream audience. NBA Jam was even coded to make each shot either hit or miss in the most entertaining way possible, so if any sports game deserves to be on the Mini, it should be NBA Jam.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
As a Sega Genesis exclusive, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist is one of the more obvious additions. When this sidescrolling beat ‘em up game came out in 1992, it delivered fast-paced brawling action in a similar manner to Turtles In Time, which is widely regarded as one of the best sidescrollers ever. As you progress through five different levels in an effort to save Manhattan (and the rest of the world) from Shredder, you’ll square off against other recognizable bosses like Rocksteady, Leatherhead and Krang.
The Lion King
When I think about what Sega Genesis games challenged me the most as a kid, The Lion King is right up there at the top. Backed by stunning graphics designed by Disney animators, The Lion King pushed us to step up our game in order to progress through the plot of the movie. It’s cool watching Simba grow from cub to adult throughout the game, but even better is the satisfying feeling you get when finally beating the notoriously difficult wildebeest level—and that’s why The Lion King deserves to make the Sega Genesis Mini roster. Long live the King.
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Sometimes, a name does say it all: Ghouls ‘n Ghosts delivers both of its namesakes in spades, with the sidescrolling platformer throwing every undead entity, plus the kitchen sink, at you. Set three years after Ghosts ‘n Goblins, monsters have returned to wreak havoc on the world and you must don Arthur’s iconic knight’s suit to stop them. Hilariously, when Arthur took damage, he’d lose his armour and run around in his underwear—though to be fair, with this level of difficulty it’s easy to get caught with your pants down.
Mortal Kombat II
Sure, the Sega Genesis Mini already has an announced fighting game in Streets of Rage 2, but this is my wishlist! Mortal Kombat II expanded on the brutal entertainment of its predecessor by adding more characters, new gameplay elements, and unexpected editions like Friendships as an alternative to Fatalities. With some truly solid gameplay mechanics setting the gold standard for fighting games, Mortal Kombat II still stands as one of the best fighting games out there today. Hopefully, it’ll “get over here” and bring some top-tier multiplayer action to the Sega Genesis Mini with it.
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Given how fun its co-op is, we’ll forgive Zombies Ate My Neighbors for its very un-Canadian spelling. Tasked with saving their neighbours from a variety of horror movie tropes (which include everything from zombies and aliens to, erm, giant demonic babies), you play as one of two neighbourhood kids in way over their heads. Zombies Ate My Neighbors spans across an incredible 48 levels, filled with weapons that include bazookas, Uzis and ice pops. It’s quirky, it’s fun and it’s a great potential addition to the Sega Genesis Mini.
Super Street Fighter 2
The iconic arcade fighting game made huge waves when it became available for home consoles, so it’s almost no surprise that Super Street Fighter 2 inspired a plethora of spinoffs (Turbo, Hyper, Tournament, etc). The fighting game stands alongside its Mortal Kombat II counterpart as one of the best fighting games ever, delivering fast-paced combos and challenging gameplay that will leave you wanting to come back for just one more Hadouken.
What, you expected a Canadian wishlist that didn’t include hockey? NHL ’94 is widely regarded as one of the best sports games of all time, and it continues to thrill fans to this day. Back in 1994, EA Sports continued with its decision to maintain an overhead camera, introducing staple moves like the “one timer”, glass-breaking slapshots and hats thrown on the ice for hat tricks. NHL ’94 is fairly simple in terms of gameplay, but it absolutely nailed everything it did.
The fact that in-game superstar Jeremy Roenick, who scored 513 NHL goals across 13 seasons, says that the number one comment he gets from fans is how good he was in NHL ’94 says it all. This game is timeless, and, if licensing issues can be sorted out, it’d be just about the perfect sports game to include for a hockey-loving North American audience.
There’s no shortage of fantastic Sega Genesis games that would be wonderful additions to the upcoming Sega Genesis Mini, but we think these 10 make a strong case for themselves. With a healthy balance of challenge, fun and multiplayer action, they’d be great additions to the existing lineup.
Let us know what video games you’d like to see included in the Sega Genesis Mini roster when it releases this September 19, 2019!
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