Sega is joining the retro mini-console wars with its own Sega Genesis Mini, with a September 19 release date and a $79.99 price tag. The good news is you can preorder the Sega Genesis Mini right now, and it looks like this will be closer to Nintendo’s offerings with the NES and Super NES Classics than Sony’s misstep with the PlayStation Classic.
Where to Preorder Sega Genesis Mini
Sega Genesis Mini preorders are $79.99 with a September 19, 2019 release date:
- Sega Genesis Mini at Walmart
- Sega Genesis Mini at Amazon
- Sega Genesis Mini at Best Buy
- Sega Genesis Mini at GameStop
What to Look Out For
Navigating the world of Sega Genesis Mini retail is something of a minefield. Sega played fast and loose with its licensing in the past. Be advised: there are a lot of third-party “Sega Genesis mini” consoles already on the market, but only one official Sega Genesis Mini, coming out September 19, 2019.
The third-party Sega Genesis mini consoles seem like a good value, packed with tons of games, but they have poor emulation and don’t output a high-definition signal. In fact, some of them ONLY plug in using A/V cables, a feature that’s starting to disappear from modern television sets. Don’t be fooled!
If you’re the sort of person who drops extra money to get the Japanese versions of your favorite mini-consoles, here’s what games have been announced for the Mega Drive Mini, also releasing on September 19, 2019. If it’s anything like the Famicom and Super Famicom Mini, you should eventually be able to order them directly from Amazon, although probably through a 3rd party seller. People did have luck ordering the Famicom Mini directly from Amazon Japan, so that’s another possibility.
Here are the confirmed games for the Mega Drive Mini coming to Japan:
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Comix Zone
- Gunstar Heroes
- Madou Monogatari I
- Puyo Puyo Tsu
- Shining Force
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Space Harrier 2
- Thunder Force III
- Super Fantasy Zone
- World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
- Streets of Rage 2
- The Hybrid Front
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Dyna Brothers 2
- Game no Kanzume Otokuyou
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