Sega Genesis Mini
The Genesis Mini isn’t just a cash-in on the retro mini console craze. It’s a carefully considered package that serves as both a nostalgia machine and a preserver of some of the rarer titles to feature on Sega's console. Solid emulation and a collection of 42 mostly good games make it a must-have for Sega fans and a worthy diversion for anyone interested in 16-bit gaming.
- Large game selection
- Faithful emulation
- High build quality
- USB controller ports offer flexibility
- You can return to the home screen using the controller
- Almost too small
- Some games are more historically interesting than they are classics
- Six-button controllers would’ve been nice
- Critic Reviews (11)
- User Reviews (2)
- 84AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE11 ReviewsCNET80The best retro console for everyone who ignored NintendoIf you've been dreaming of bringing a Sega Genesis back into your house, this is a fantastic retro box full of classic games that will do it to perfection.Ars Technica80$80 delivers a ton of blast-processing funI can nitpick this thing plenty...but as a straightforward holiday or gift list item, this is a pretty easy recommendation. It's exactly the value-packed '90s package that Sega needed to stand toe to toe with Nintendo's SNES Classic.PC Mag80Sega Genesis MiniThe game selection could be stronger, but it captures some of the best the Genesis had to offer. Our only real complaint is the three-button controller limiting fighting games on the system.Polygon90Sega Genesis Mini proves Sega is ready to take its legacy seriouslySega has done it. It's made a best-in-class retro console with excellent games, excellent emulation, original controllers, and a price tag that seems fair.GameSpot80A Blast From The PastSo 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.Kotaku80Sega Genesis Mini: The Kotaku ReviewWill people line up to buy another tiny console this holiday and reward Sega for its Herculean, if belated, efforts here? Those who do add another Mini to the pile will, at least, not be at all disappointed with this one.IGN90Blast processing at 55% the sizeThe 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 Verge90The Best Tiny Console YetIt 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.Destructoid90Review: Sega Genesis Mini42 games is a hefty collection for just about anyone imaginable, from older enthusiasts looking to recreate their childhood or prospective newcomers. A few menu snafus and a regional controller issue aside, I've had a blast with the Sega Genesis Mini.Nintendo Life80The Genesis / Mega Drive Mini Finally Does Sega's History JusticeWhile the Genesis may not have had as many groundbreaking and infinitely replayable titles as SNES did, it still has a treasure trove of great games that are begging to be rediscovered and the Genesis Mini features some of the best of the best. Its hardware plays and feels like it should, and that too is really the most important thing.Game Informer80Sega Genesis Mini ReviewWhen you combine the nostalgia-fueled form factor with strong emulation, the Genesis Mini is compelling package for fans of Sega's most popular system. While the number of games is substantial, the quality is inconsistent – but you can easily ignore the duds.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE2 ReviewsRetro60January 16, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Genesis Mini is one of the coolest blasts of nostalgia I've seen released in the retro gaming scene. The box, console and controllers are all excellent re-creations of the original and I love that Sega decided to include the original 3-button controller; Something many of us grew up using.The game selection screen is great and you get an interesting group of games that cover all genre's, but of course not everyone will find their favorite game on the list. It's my opinion that the Genesis Mini is the perfect purchase for someone looking to spend an afternoon revisiting their childhood and reminiscing about the 16-bit glory days.Unfortunately, the Genesis Mini suffers from the same issues all cheap emulations boxes have: You can't use original cartridges or controllers, the emulation is laggy and the sound is even more delayed.So what does this mean in real-world performance?If you're just nostalgia-browsing, nothing at all. Use and enjoy the Genesis Mini...and if you're a tinkerer, install Project Lunar and enjoy some more games. The "problem" with these emulation boxes occurs when people buy them with the expectation of sitting down for a serious gaming session, with little to no nostalgia playing a factor. While that might seem odd to some people, think of classic cars; No one spends the time, money and effort to drive an old classic, just because they need a ride to the store, - They own that car because that's the experience they're looking for when driving. Classic games are incredibly similar and often the best choice, depending on the gaming experience you're looking for. Here's just one example:What if you're a new gamer of any age that discovered they love 2D side-scrolling action games? There's a handful of choices on modern platforms, including some amazing cell-phone games. If you've played through enough of those, you'll quickly notice many of them are a nod to the classics that inspired them and you'll probably want take a look at those. You might find something like a Genesis or NES Classic and play a game like Mega Man that requires PRECISE timing. Without the proper knowledge, you might not know that these emulation boxes have input lag that varies between two and five frames...all while running a game designed in the CRT-era of ZERO lag. Some games will literally be impossible to finish and others just might not sound or "feel" the way they're supposed to.Now, trying to find an accurate experience to play original games can be costly, but there's some EXCELLENT options available ranging from $60 to about as much as you might spend on that classic car (I'm being silly...mostly). Some of these options require original hardware on old CRT's, others offer brand new hardware playable on flat-screens and there's a ton of options that mix and match across every price point.So my advice is this: If you think you're mostly in it for a blast of nostalgia, ALL of these emulation solutions are a great choice. Spend an hour or so with it, enjoy it, then leave the mini console on your shelf as an awesome trinket. BUT, if during this notalgia trip you realize these games are a hobby you enjoy and not just a blast from the past, look at other options that fit your situation best. There's no "best" way to play these games, but there's almost always a way that's "best for your needs".John100January 16, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is a great system with a solid library. There are third party accessories that may even allow for an expanded library as well! The controllers feel just like the originals, for better or worse, and you get 2 controllers with the console. The controller cords are about 6 feet, which is nice considering the length of other retro console controller cords. Third party wireless controllers are available, however reviews on those are mixed on responsiveness compared to the controllers provided.I have played for about 12 hours on this console and I have not run into a single issue or hiccup. The OS is smooth and allows for save states in each game.I would recommend this console to anyone who wants to either relive the golden age of video games or experience a console they may have missed out on.