Sega Announces the Genesis Mini with 40+ Games Onboard; Pre-Orders Now Available!

The 1980s & ’90s were an incredible time for video games with huge leaps in graphics and gameplay and controllers starting with the NES and leading into the launches of the PS2 and XBOX. In between we got some of the greatest console and game releases – NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Sony Playstation.

Up to this point, we’ve seen three of those released as retro miniatures – scaled-down versions with wired controllers and select games pre-loaded with no ability to add more. The Nintendo NES and SNES Mini versions were well received and sold out throughout the holiday seasons in their year of release. The Sony Playstation Mini was critically trashed, sold poorly, and within six months of release had the price drop as low as $20 (it originally retailed for $99!). Fortunately it looks like the Sega Genesis Mini is set to resemble Nintendo’s rather than Sony’s!

The Genesis followed Nintendo’s lead of offering first-party games to attract new users. In this case the key property was Sonic the Hedgehog, in a game that was a great showpiece for the innovative graphics technology and just a blast to play. The Genesis Mini will feature Sonic (of course), but it will also include 41 other games — more than double what the other retro-consoles have offered!

The Genesis Mini includes two three-button controllers which use USB connections to the console, meaning that the original system controllers won’t work. You also get an HDMI cable and a USB power adapter (other systems required you to have your own). There are different graphics modes available to adjust from the original 4:3 output to current 16:9 standards or other modes as you prefer. The versions of each game are either the best version or in some cases you get to pick which one to play. And best of all, the Sega Genesis Mini will release on Sept. 19 for $79.99.

Here are the games – and since the games were adapted by Sega, who are also doing the hardware, we should be in for excellent quality:

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
Landstalker
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
VectorMan
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Road Rash II
Strider
Virtua Fighter 2
Alisia Dragoon
Kid Chameleon
Monster World IV
Eternal Champions
Columns
Dynamite Headdy
Light Crusader
Tetris
Darius

Pre-orders are now available at most game retail locations, here is a link to Amazon.

So – are you interested, skeptical, or have you had just  of thabout enoughe retro-mini-console trend?


About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!