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Sega Genesis Mini

Sega Genesis Mini

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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Large game selection
  • Faithful emulation
  • High build quality
  • USB controller ports offer flexibility
  • You can return to the home screen using the controller
Cons
  • Almost too small
  • Some games are more historically interesting than they are classics
  • Six-button controllers would’ve been nice
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
Kotaku
Will 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.
 
90
The Verge
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.
 
90
Polygon
Sega 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.
 
80
Ars Technica
I 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.
 
90
IGN
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.
 
80
CNET
If 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.
 
80
GameSpot
So 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.
 
90
Destructoid
42 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.
 
80
Nintendo Life
While 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.
 
80
Game Informer
When 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.

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