If you’re in to your RETRO gaming… then you got to take a look a this.
This year’s E3 is the first time journalists and the public have got to play with the Genesis Mini, and there are some great games baked in. There’s a whole list of games right here, but highlights include Sonic 2, Castle of Illusion, Shinobi 3, Kid Chameleon and Streets of Rage 2.
There are some great things to play through, but this Genesis Mini will arrive at a time when we’ve already seen relatively cheap (less official) Genesis consoles already on sale, not to mentions Sega’s own greatest hits collection which has landed on all consoles like Nintendo’s Switch.
There are some draws still, with niche games like Dynamite Heady, Sonic Spinball, a particularly rare Mega Man title and Eternal Champions, a cult beat-em-up that was meant to go toe-to-toe with Street Fighter II. There’s even a copy of Tetris on board, not that anyone played Tetris on a Genesis. The game is incredibly rare in cart form. It’s a neat little curio.
Like the PlayStation Classic, Nintendo’s NES and SNES Mini, it all depends on how invested you are in the Genesis’ back catalog. You can definitely argue that the 42-game selection is a little more esoteric than other mini retro consoles. But doesn’t that mean you’re less likely to play all the games? Maybe. The games themselves play reliably well — which isn’t a huge surprise.