Sega Announces Genesis Mini

Posted on March 30, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 26 Comments

Good news for nostalgic video game fans: Sega announced that it will ship a Genesis Mini retro console in September.

“SEEEEGGGGAAAA!” the official Sega account on Twitter announced. “The iconic Sega Genesis returns September 19, 2019, with our lovingly crafted Sega Genesis Mini for $79.99! Simply plug-in and play 40 of the console’s legendary titles, 10 of which we’re announcing today.”

The Sega Genesis Mini is a miniature replica of the original 16-bit Sega Genesis video game console that took the market by storm in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The firm sold over 30 million units worldwide and the Genesis was Sega’s last truly successful console, thanks in part to Sonic the Hedgehog, the marque video game series.

Right now, details on the Mini are a bit light. The console will ship with Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania Bloodlines, Space Harrier II, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Toe Jam & Earl, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, Gunstar Heroes, and, of course, the original Sonic the Hedgehog, plus 30 other titles. And it will include two classic wired 3-button control pads that are modeled after the Genesis control pad, a USB power adapter, power cable, and HDMI cable.

You can learn more at the Sega Genesis Mini website. But if you’re interested in this topic, I strongly recommend reading Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. This is a great history of the video game market during this time period, and Sega and the Genesis factor in quite prominently.

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