TheMega Drive Mini is out on the 4th October 2019 in the UK and will most likely be an ideal stocking filler for big kids over 30.
Sega have done a one up over Nintendo and
included double the amount of games for their version of the mini 16-bit Mega
Drive but the question is which games should you play first when you unbox the
Mega Drive mini?
Mega Drive fans can’t go wrong with these classics that will keep you busy and fill you with instant warm and fuzzy nostalgia before you delve in to the RPG’s included with it.
So, here’s Retroheadz recommendation of the
10 Mega Drive mini games to play first.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Licensed games especially movie ones are
normally rushed affairs that usually leave gamers disappointed.
However, Castle of Illusion is a beautiful
platform game that will instantly transport you back to your younger self as
you attempt to rescue Minnie Mouse from the dastardly witch Esmerelda.
Back in the day this was as close as you
could get to being in a Disney cartoon and even today its fun to play.
We also wish that they included the amazing Quackshot but for sheer nostalgia and fun Castle of Illusion is a great way to unlock those hazy memories of your old-skool Mega Drive days.
Gunstar Heroes is a technical marvel.
It’s an insane Run & Gun from the famous
Japanese developers, Treaure and is a game that took the humble Mega Drive to
It’s bright, colourful and unrelenting in
its action packed levels and big boss fights. Luckily you have a whole host of
weapons in your arsenal (which you’ll need) and is a joy to play once you get
the hang of it.
Road Rash 2
We loved the original Road Rash but Road Rash 2 took the series to new heights with more bike to buy and the introduction of the nitro class of bikes made us all drool with anticipation when it arrived back in 1992.
The game is still great fun to play and
will still have you shouting at the screen when you go over a crest of a hill
and collide with an oncoming car or wild animal that is chewing the cud in the
middle of the road.
Along with the classic cut scenes and
longer harder levels that come along as the game progresses you’ll be instantly
hooked again as you aim to buy the Diablo 1000N and literally fly over the
hills and with Road Rash 2 you can do it with a mate too. Brilliant!
The barbarian fantasy-based hack and slash
game was a port from the arcades and was great fun when it first came out.
Golden Axe will take you back to that time
again when you first had a Mega Drive, especially the early adopters and whilst
it has aged a lot, nostalgia will override this.
Kid Chameleon hasn’t aged that well but
what it lacks in graphical finesse it makes up for in other ways.
With over 100 levels and the ability to put on new hats to gain new skills to complete the levels it’s a bit cerebral and challenging then your typical platform game. You can read an in-depth review of Kid Chameleon that Retroheadz did here.
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 2 is without doubt one of
the most memorable games to come out on the Mega Drive. It’s pure class from
the way it looks (awesome) to the soundtrack (amazing) and the sheer fun and replay-ability
it has (tons).
This was the Mega Drive at it peak and it
shows it and once you load it you’ll be instantly hooked again.
Shinobi 3 is pretty awesome, it took an age
to come out back in the day because it took quite a long time to develop it but
once out in the wild it was clear to see a lot had gone in to it and the wait
was worth it.
Now you are a button press away from loading up a fantastic looking and technically awesome game.
It’s not the easiest game in the world but the variety of levels, great boss fights and classy feel this game gives out will keep you hooked.
Oh, and when you see the horseback section
for the first time in years’ you’ll be amazed that this is running on the
humble Mega Drive.
Yeah we know it’s just Tetris but this is
not any Tetris.
Oh no, this is the rarest game ever on the
Mega Drive and its been included on the Mega Drive Mini and you know that once
you start it will be hard to put it down.
Just remember there are other games to play
on the Mega Drive Mini too including the also addictive Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean
Machine, also known as Puyo Puyo.
It could be great, it could be a turkey (we doubt it), no one knows and that’s worth finding out pretty pronto isn’t it?
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
If you are opening your Mega Drive mini on
Christmas day then this will literally take you back to Christmas ’92 and all
the hype that came with it will instantly flood your memory banks.
Luckily the hype was justified and Sonic 2
in our opinion is the best Sonic game ever made. It has better controls than
the first Sonic game and is bright, colorful and is still fantastic fun to
There will obviously be a ton of nostalgia
mixed in whilst playing it but you won’t feel disappointed or a bit meh, instead
you will be taken back to a time when things were simpler and far more fun and
that’s priceless in our opinion.
What Mega Drive Mini Games Will You Be Playing?
Which games are you hyped up about playing
again? Let us know in the comments below.
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