Don't worry, the Sega Genesis Mini Will Have a Six-Button Controller Available at Launch

Don't worry, the Sega Genesis Mini Will Have a Six-Button Controller Available at Launch

You can play fighting games on the Genesis Mini without issue.

Sega announced the next 10 games coming to the Sega Genesis Mini this morning, including Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition. However, the Genesis Mini is only announced to have a three-button controller at launch, not too great for a fighting game. But luckily Sega and Retro-Bit will also be releasing a six-button Genesis controller, which will be sold separately.

When Sega announced the Sega Genesis Mini, it revealed a key regional difference between the North American Genesis Mini and the Japanese version. Namely, the Japanese version of the Genesis Mini (or Mega Drive as it's known there) will come with two six-button controllers, while the North American version will just have the three-button layout.

With the announcement of Street Fighter 2, however, Sega has anticipated customer complaints about playing a fighting game with a three-button controller and are releasing a separate six-button controller for North America.

The original Sega Genesis Six-Button Controller was an essential purchase for Sega fans. | Sega Retro

The six-button controller will be coming from Retro-Bit and will launch in late August for $19.99. That's a couple weeks before the Genesis Mini is set to launch on September 19.

The Genesis Mini is Sega's entry into the mini console craze. Originally announced at Sega Fes 2018, the Genesis Mini was delayed to ensure a better quality product. That included replacing developer AtGames with M2, and bringing on Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro to create original menu music for the system.

The Genesis Mini will ship with 40 games, including some rare titles like Mega Man: The Wily Wars. For more on the Sega Genesis Mini, including a full list of games announced for the system so far, check out our Sega Genesis Mini news story.

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