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Sega boosts Mega Drive Mini games total to 42

Includes Darius and ultra-rare Tetris.

Sega has announced its full line-up of games available on September's Mega Drive Mini console - and upped the final count to 42.

Most surprising? The inclusion of arcade classic Darius, which never previously launched on Mega Drive, and the ultra-rare Mega Drive version of Tetris, one of the rarest games in the world, with only around 10 copies known to still exist.

It's great to see these included - it reminds me of the unreleased Star Fox 2 being included in Nintendo's own SNES mini, which went on to sell very well indeed.

The full list of 12 games announced today includes:

  1. Tetris
  2. Darius
  3. Virtua Fighter 2
  4. Alisia Dragoon
  5. Monster World IV
  6. Kid Chameleon
  7. Road Rash II
  8. Eternal Champions
  9. Columns
  10. Dynamite Headdy
  11. Strider
  12. Light Crusader
Columns (not Tetris) and Darius.

Due 19th September, the Mega Drive Mini is 55 per cent smaller than Sega's original console. It comes with two USB controllers, an HDMI cable, and (if you live in North America) a USB power adaptor.

In Japan, meanwhile, you will be able to buy a (non-functioning) 32X tower and cartridges to pop on top, just for show.

And finally, list fans, here are all 42 games in one big rundown:

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog
  2. Ecco the Dolphin
  3. Castlevania: The New Generation
  4. Space Harrier 2
  5. Shining Force
  6. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  7. ToeJam & Earl
  8. Comix Zone
  9. Altered Beast
  10. Gunstar Heroes
  11. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  12. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  13. Thunder Force 3
  14. Super Fantasy Zone
  15. Shinobi 3
  16. Streets of Rage 2
  17. Earthworm Jim
  18. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  19. Probotector
  20. Landstalker
  21. Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  22. Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
  23. Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  24. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  25. Story of Thor
  26. Golden Axe
  27. Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
  28. Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
  29. Vectorman
  30. Wonder Boy in Monster World
  31. Tetris
  32. Darius
  33. Road Rash 2
  34. Strider
  35. Virtua Fighter 2
  36. Alisia Dragoon
  37. Kid Chameleon
  38. Monster World IV
  39. Eternal Champions
  40. Columns
  41. Dynamite Headdy
  42. Light Crusader

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