Sega Mega Drive Mini review: Sega Genesis classic console wows US critics

Did you play games in the 90s?

Have you got a hunger for retro action in your life right now?

Well, good news then. The Sega Mega Drive Mini (that's Sega Genesis for our US friends) will be releasing later this year and promises to bring you retro gaming action as the newest 'Classic' console to hit shelves… just in time for Christmas.

The little console will ship with two pads (so you can get involved in the multiplayer games from the system) and will include a massive 42 games at launch.

The fancy little machine, coming in at 55% smaller than the original Model 1 Mega Drive, will be £69.99 at launch in the UK… but is it worth the price of entry?

Well, according to our games industry pals across the pond, yes.

Gamespot: A Blast From The Past

the Mini has some issues, and for M2 fans it might be a little disappointing to see that it falls short of the team's most ambitious retro projects from the past, but for the most part the Mini is a very satisfying little console. It's got the looks, it's got a great selection of games that largely play faithful to the original experience, and it's priced just right at $80–though you may disagree if the six-button games like Street Fighter II are critical factors.

Genesis fans have waited a long time for a system like this, and for once, we're happy to say that the latest official Genesis console is one worth buying.

  • The SEGA Mega Drive Mini's latest games trailer brings the hype with 40 classic games

IGN: Blast processing at 55% the size

The Sega Genesis Mini is the closest thing we have to a perfect all-in-one mini console so far. There are a few weird emulation issues here and there, but the sheer number of games and its delightful interface far outshines any graphical hiccups in these classic games.

The quiet inclusion of different ROMs for different regions is one of those things that makes no sense at all to include while simultaneously making it feel even more lovingly crafted and special. It's hard to find much to really dislike about the Genesis Mini.

The decision to include the 3-button controllers rather than the later 6-button ones is a bummer, but it only really matters for Street Fighter II. Even if I was more of a SNES kid growing up, the Genesis Mini is now my favorite retro mini console.

The Verge: The best tiny console yet

You can’t really go wrong with the Genesis Mini.

It has exactly what you’ve come to expect from a tiny retro console — cute hardware, a well-constructed library of games, and modern features like multiple save files — but also goes a step further with the smaller details, like the menu music, moving bits of hardware, and access to games from multiple regions.

The PlayStation Classic felt like a slapped-together product meant to capitalize on a trend. The Genesis Mini feels like the opposite: it’s a tiny box meant to preserve and honor a beloved console.

The console will be available on October 4 in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.

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