- The Sega Genesis Mini arrives on September 19 for $79.99
- This mini console features 42 games and includes two controllers in the box
The nostalgia fueled mini console revolution isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Up next is the Sega Genesis Mini —- arriving on Sept. 19 for $79.99. For that price, you get a Sega Genesis Mini with 42 games, two controllers (modeled after the original one from 1989), an HDMI cable and a power plug.
So if you’re thinking that’s all you need to dive down the rabbit hole of “Sonic: The Hedgehog,” “Castlevania” and “World of Illusion,” you’d be right. Sega is giving you a one-stop shop to go down memory lane. Preorders are open now.
- Sega Genesis Mini ($79.99; amazon.com)
- Sega Genesis Mini ($79.99; bestbuy.com)
- Sega Genesis Mini ($79.99; gamestop.com)
- Sega Genesis Mini ($79.99; target.com)
- Sega Genesis Mini ($79.99; walmart.com)
I’ve spent a few days with the console, and similarly to my thoughts on the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles, the Genesis Mini has been pure fun. While I was born in 1995, I played on an original Genesis a bit, and my first real console experience was on a Dreamcast. So yes, the love for Sonic runs through my veins.
The Genesis Mini comes in at about half the size of the original console and it keeps the likeness — almost to a tee. It keeps the original design, and fans will be happy with that to say the least. Unlike the other mini consoles, you don’t need to get up and physically hit a button on the console to return to the main menu. You can simply hold in the start button to return home. This attention to detail and listening to the market makes it a joy to use.
And then you have a large library of 42 games, which include classic and more rare titles. Sega trusted M2 to handle the process of porting and emulating the games to the Genesis Mini. Sega fans might recall that this is the same team that handled ports for Sega Ages and other offerings. You can see a full list.
We’ll be back with more thoughts on the Genesis Mini, but for now, you can preorder to get this miniature edition of a classic console on launch day.
- Sonic: The Hedgehog
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: BLOODLINES
- Space Harrier 2
- Shining Force
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- ToeJam & Earl
- Comix Zone
- Altered Beast
- Gunstar Heroes
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Thunder Force III
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Shinobi III
- Streets of Rage 2
- Earthworm Jim
- Sonic The Hedgehog 2
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars
- Street Fighter II’: Special Champion Edition
- Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Beyond Oasis
- Golden Axe
- Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
- Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
- Road Rash II
- Virtua Fighter 2
- Alisia Dragoon
- Kid Chameleon
- Monster World IV
- Eternal Champions
- Dynamite Headdy
- Light Crusader
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed price at the time of publication.