Mini retro consoles are all the rage it seems. Nintendo has made not one, but two, in the form of the NES and SNES Classic miniatures. Sony too got on the retro train with a PlayStation Classic, and Xbox leverages its own backward compatibility library to sprinkle some nostalgia on Xbox One owners.
All of these systems are great, but the Sega Genesis (or Sega Mega Drive as I knew it) holds a special place in my heart. As I remember it, Super Nintendo games were simply too expensive for my family to purchase with any real regularity. For some reason it was far easier to get Sega Genesis games at a more affordable price, often second hand. Cartridges were the game delivery system du jour, before the days of DRM and the rise of digital licenses. My brother and I spend countless hours on games like Gunstar Heroes, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Streets of Rage 2, all of which feature in Sega’s recreated Genesis Mini.
Sega hooked us up with an early look at the upcoming Genesis Mini, gunning for a September 19, 2019 launch.
A trip to the 90s
The Sega Genesis Mini is a pint-sized nostalgia trip, USB-powered with 40 timeless classic games.
It’s so cute!
On the back of the unit, you’ll get a full HDMI port as well as a USB slot for charging, complete with all the necessary cables and an A/C adapter in the box. Although, I was able to fully power mine using a USB port on my Xbox if you’re running short on sockets. Sega also bundles two USB-connected Genesis controllers for good measure, so you can force your younger sibling to play Tails all over again. The controllers still feel great in hand too, complete with that hulking d-pad.
The big ol’ power switch returns, the reset button takes on a slightly different functionality, though. Now, hitting the grey reset key pulls up a system menu, allowing you to back out of a game to the main menu, or create save states, which is a convenience we simply didn’t have back in the day. Now I’m starting to feel old.
When you boot up a game, it loads in a 4:3 frame so you can bask in that cathode-ray goodness. Performance is rock solid, running games precisely as they did back in the day, albeit scaled up for modern HD screens.
Bundle of retro joy
Even if you have reservations about the library, or simply weren’t around to experience them first-time around, the Sega Genesis Mini is shaping up nicely as a great gift option for loved ones in the coming holiday season. If you are a big Sega Genesis fan, as I was, I think you should definitely keep an eye on this.
The Genesis Mini launches on September 19, 2019, and we’ll have a more detailed review up shortly.
Back to the past
The Sega Genesis Mini is a promising little bundle of joy, launching on September 19, 2019.
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