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Sega Genesis Mini Will Relive Your Childhood Memories

Back in the time, it was the Sega Genesis that Nintendo considered its biggest rivals. The rivalry saw Sega create the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog, spawning a million-dollar franchise. With many fans staying true to the blue mascot, it makes sense for Sega to enter the fray again. After more than two decades of quiet, Sega releases its first console in a long time. It’s not exactly a new console, however, as the Sega Genesis makes a much-warranted return to the console market.

Sega Genesis is back in Mini form

Sega Genesis Mini Trailer from Sega America

Mini is the way to go for old consoles returning to the market. First, we got the NES and SNES Classics, then we got the PlayStation One Mini. It makes sense for Sega to want to have a piece of the pie. Thus, the Sega Genesis Mini was born.

This version of the antique console comes with forty-two pre-installed games, playable with the two controllers that come with the console. For $80, that’s a pretty sweet deal. Sega did well in recreating the look and finish of the Mini, making it strikingly similar to the original Genesis. Even the controllers look great, pristine and identical to the old model. Collectors and enthusiasts alike would appreciate having this mini console.

Sega Classics Remastered in 720p HD

The Sega Genesis Mini connects easily to all modern televisions and monitors via HDMI. It displays in 720p HD graphics, and the games played in it look crisp and modern. The games are exactly the same as they were decades ago, but with a finer finish, crisper color and scaled-up resolution.

Luckily, Sega didn’t pull any stops from the games they made available for the Sega Genesis Mini. Here’s a list of all games in the system:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Darius
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Eternal Champions
  • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Monster World 4
  • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
  • Road Rash 2
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Tetris
  • Thunder Force 3
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Vectorman
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

Notables and Star Titles

Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 are available on the Sega Genesis Mini
The console comes with a copy of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Although most of these games are by no means exclusives to the system, it’s still a treat to get to play them in the Sega Genesis all over again. Classic titles like the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games are obvious stars of the list, but we also have Earthworm Jim, Ghouls ‘n Goblins and Castlevania: Bloodlines. Of note are Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Monster World 4, two games which required the Mega Drive add-on in the original Genesis, are now playable without additional costs on the Mini.

Just like the other Mini versions of classic consoles, there’s no way of adding more games into the system. Therefore, unless you’re proficient enough in hacking a system, which we don’t really recommend, you only have these 42 titles to keep you company. But the games included will surely take a lot of your time by themselves, and the Sega Genesis Mini really couldn’t ask for a better lineup of games to be released with.

The Sega Genesis Mini was released last Friday, September 20, 2019. Grab one for just $80 and boot it up for one great weekend of nostalgic Sega games.