Sega Genesis Mini: Finally, It’s Worth Going Back to the Past

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Welcome back, buddy. Well, soon…

Hey, Sega.

qualitymarkWe have some history together, so I’ll be totally honest here and admit that some of the stuff you’ve done over the years in the post-16 bit era has royally worked a nerve or three. Too many years of seeing and occasionally playing those AT Games systems of often questionable quality that had me hanging on to a couple of your older, better made handheld and home console systems because they simply worked better even after almost two decades of use? Yeah, those are a reminder of the days when stuff was reliable and worked every time it was switched on.

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Derp. Someone forgot to switch his camera out of portrait mode. Eh, consider this a filter like some people use to make their faces all smooth like a plastic doll, OK?

These days, my old Sega Genesis and Japanese Mega Drive still work fine, but of late, they’ve been pouting in a corner because I’ve been all excited about Sega getting fully on board the retro mini console scene with their upcoming Sega Genesis Mini. Set to launch on September 19, 2019 for $79.99, the Mini will pack in a whopping 40 titles that will thankfully, not all be the same games found on those PC and console versions many Sega fans own (and a few of us own those collections on multiple consoles).

Sega of America has wisely put together a neat FAQ that should help you and your wallet see that money will be well spent, so peek below the jump and get ready to watch that credit or debit card pop right out of wherever you keep it.

SEGA Genesis Mini FAQ

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Q. When does it launch?
A. September 19, 2019

Q. How many games will be included?
A. 40 games.

Q. Which games will be included?
A. The first 20 titles included with the system, with the rest to be announced intermittently over the coming months, are:

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
Earthworm Jim
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Contra: Hard Corps
Thunder Force III
Super Fantasy Zone
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Streets of Rage 2
Landstalker

Q. Which version of the Genesis is the Mini based on?
A. It’s based on the original Model 1 Genesis which launched in Oct. 1988 in Japan, Aug. 1989 in North America, and Nov. 1990 everywhere else.

Q. How big is it in comparison to the original console?
A. It’s approximately 55% of the original Model 1 size.

Q. What do you get in the box?
A. The Genesis Mini comes complete with 40 games, Two replica three-button USB Genesis controllers, One USB to Micro-B power cable, One power adapter (North America only), and One HDMI cable.

Q. Who handled the ports?
A. M2 is handling the porting process. They’ve previously worked on SEGA AGES and SEGA 3D Classics Collection, with a fantastic reputation based on the quality of their emulation projects and their faithfully recreated ports.

Q. Can I use original Genesis controllers with the Mini?
A. No, only the provided USB controllers.

Q. How much will it cost at launch?
A. $79.99 US/£69.99/€79.99/AUD$139.95

Q. Where can I find more information?
A. genesismini.sega.com

You want screenshots? You got screenshots, First, that Mini:

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And some of the games from the latest press release:

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As for the other 20 titles? Sega is keeping mum on those so far, but they have to have SOME suspense as September approaches, right? That said, we kind of need QuackShot on that Mini, as I can’t see it not appearing what with those other Disney games smiling and waving at fans. We shall see, of course.

-GW

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