Sega Genesis Mini review: A wistful 16-bit trip back to simpler times

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Dec 17, 2013
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Sega has managed to condense decades of nostalgia into a tidy package well worthy of a place under your TV. This is the Sega Genesis Mini.

The Sega Genesis Mini (or Sega Mega Drive Mini for those of us outside the U.S.) is the latest in a surge of attempts to bank on millennial nostalgia, particularly those who grew up in the late 80s or 90s. The original Sega Genesis launched in 1988, and became a wildly successful home console that helped mainstream the industry.
The Genesis wasn't a huge success story in its homeland of Japan, faced with intense competition from Nintendo, but it found solid success in the West. Personally, it was my preferred console of choice of its era, if for no reason other than the games were, for some reason, cheaper than its Nintendo-branded counterparts.
The Genesis Mini seeks to recreate the original console, complete with faux buttons, recreated wired controllers, and a pretend cartridge door. No need to blow into this one.
Powered entirely by USB, the Sega Genesis Mini is a wonderful little device that will make for an awesome gift for that nostalgic 90s kid in your life, or for those who want new generations to experience the 16-bit greatness of the past.

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