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SEGA Genesis Mini Review - Blast processing from the past (Page 4)

Derek Strickland | Jan 31, 2020 at 01:32 am CST - 2 mins, 31 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: SEGA

The SEGA Genesis Mini is one of the finest micro-consoles on the market. It's easy plug-and-play interface makes time traveling to our nostalgia 1990s childhoods a breeze, and the game selection is pretty damn good. There's something here for everyone, whether you're a die-hard RPG fanatic who loves Shining Force, a bullet-hell aficionado, a vampire hunter in Castlevia Bloodlines, or a Sonic 2 superfan like myself.

The mix of one- and two-player games is a nice touch, and I can see myself blasting through more Streets of Rage 2 with my buds.

The save state feature is tremendously helpful and lets you save up to four files per game. It comes in handy when you're playing tough-as-nails platformers like Strider or Comix Zone.

The Genesis Mini is a must-have for anyone who grew up with the system, and makes for a great gift for a friend or a loved one that's sure to put a smile on their face. At just $50, it's a great value proposition for the quantity and quality of games offered, especially with the breadth of experience it offers--and you can even detach the Genesis controllers and use them on other platforms.

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What's Hot

  • Great selection with 40 games
  • Tons of RPGs
  • Controller length
  • Save States
  • Flawless emulation
  • Easy main menu access while in-game
  • Enamoring and super cute case that looks just like an old-school SEGA Genesis

What's Not

  • Controllers are semi-janky
  • Missing some big Genesis hits
  • No rewind functionality

Key Features

  • Miniature SEGA Genesis replica
  • Includes 40 legendary games
  • Plug and play ready
  • SEGA Genesis Mini Console & 2 wired controllers
  • 40 games- Power cable & USB adapter
  • HDMI cable

SEGA Genesis Mini Games

  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Toe Jam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Castle of Illusion
  • Shinobi III
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • World of Illusion
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Landstalker
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Ghouls n' Ghosts
  • Alex Kidd
  • Golden Axe
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Wonderboy in Monster World
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Columns
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Strider
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Light Crusader
  • Monster World IV
  • Eternal Champions
  • Road Rash II
  • Tetris
  • Darius

Last updated: Feb 1, 2020 at 06:11 am CST

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Value for Money90%



Controller Quality85%

Overall Rating89%

The Bottom Line

The SEGA Genesis Mini is a must-have for anyone who grew up with the console, and has a great mix of classic RPGs, fighting games, platformers, and more.


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