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Sega Genesis Mini: The Kotaku Review



Sega was always more loved than it was successful. At no point was the maker of the Genesis and Dreamcast the worldwide leader in video games. When it succeeded in America, it fell short in Japan, and vice versa. The Genesis Mini is now in its final year of production.

To be released on September 19, the $ 80 Sega Genesis Mini includes 42 classic games from the 16-bit system's lifespan. That's a hefty amount, just double that of Nintendo's SNES Classic. It also includes two of the classic three-button Genesis controllers, HDMI cable, and a USB cable with AC adapters.

The hardware is a thing of beauty , a perfect little recreation of the 1

989 launch model Genesis. The Genesis Mini goes a step further than other classic mini-hardware with interactive elements. Genesis to a Sega cd.

Here's one of those photos with a picture of a mini on top of the real thing.
Photo: Chris Kohler (Kotaku)

none of these things actually function of course. Sewer Shark (advanced version) Sever Shark (important, but can not wait to buy this product) ,

The included controllers feel like the original, massive, croissant-shaped pads that shipped with the first model of the Genesis. This is where you may feel that Sega has made a mistake with the Mini, since it has 3-button pads and not the 6-button controllers that were produced later. In Japan, the 6-button pads are included; here, they are an extra $ 20 purchase. 6-button support (Most notably Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition ), you'll have to pay up.
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Screenshot : Kotaku (Sega)

So what a mistake to include 3-button pads? I'm leaning towards "no." The appeal of a mini-console like this is not just the gameplay; it's having that little replica of the thing itself. Most people who played the Genesis back in the day. Sonic the Hedgehog Once again, it seems like you're in the middle of it all.

Like Nintendo's classic systems, the Genesis Mini has original menu-screen music composed in classic chiptune style. Unlike Nintendo's Systems, the tune here is composed by 16-bit music himself, Yuzo Koshiro ( Streets of Rage and Actraiser among others). The new music is what the kids today call a "bop." I enjoy just letting it run and listen to it. They even timed the boot sequence of the Mini to the music. That's attention to detail!

The Mini is low on software features. It's got the obvious stuff: You can choose to either watch the games in their proper 4: 3 aspect ratio or weird and stretch them out like a wacky carnival mirror across your whole TV. You can turn a "CRT filter" on and off for fake scanlines, and you can apply one of two different wallpapers to the blank space around the 4: 3 image. There's a "save anywhere" feature with four slots per game. And that's about it. Wonder Boy In Monster World “/>

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Screenshot: Kotaku (Sega) [19659007] But all of this would be meaningless without some games to play, and at 42 titles. When you think about your childhood playing the Genesis, what game do you instantly flash back to? NBA Jam ? Joe Montana Football ? Aladdin ? Mortal Kombat ?

Oh. Well, um, none of those are on this.

There's an obstacle for the Genesis Mini that does not really have to deal with. If you look at the best-selling games for the SNES, most of the games in the top 20 are on the SNES Classic. This is a "Mature" rating.

Going hard after hot licenses and pumping out games branded with big-name movies, pro athletes, and sports franchises what all part of Sega's game plan in the 1990s. And it worked! But it also left modern-day Sega with a library of software that's practically unreleasable today.

Sega definitely made an attempt to get some games made for Western audiences on the Mini, like Earthworm Jim Vectorman and Road Rash II . But by and large, we're looking forward to a lineup of stylish Japanese action games, JRPGs, and shmups. It's almost like the sort of genesis collection you'd find in the home of someone who prefers the Super Nintendo. It's a Genesis collection for me in other words, so I'm not complaining.

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Screenshot : Kotaku (Sega / Konami)

Here's the full list of games. Shining Force ), some of them for a couple of minutes ( Earthworm Jim ). I want hereby arbitrarily and irrevocably arrange them into four tiers: A Animal, B Animal, C Animal, and Virtua Fighter 2 For The Genesis Animal.

A Animal

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Shining Force
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Shinobi 3
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Strider [19659030MonsterWorld4
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Dynamite Headdy

B Animal

  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Comix Zone
  • Mickey Mouse's Ring of Illusion Starring
  • Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck's World of Illusion Starring
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Landstalker
  • Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
  • Ghouls' n Ghosts
  • Golden Ax
  • Tetris
  • Darius
  • Columns
  • Super Fantasy Zone

C Animal [19659029] Space Harrier 2
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Altered Beast
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Road Rash 2
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Eternal Champions
  • Light Crusader
  • Virtua Fighter 2 For The Genesis Animal

    As you can see, no matter where you ' d personally rank these games, the Genesis Mini has a deep bench. Sega decided to follow a one-game-by-series rule, with limited exception. While I appreciate the effort at diversity, I do not think they should have been so strict about it. Streets of Rage or Shining Force II instead of-let me just pull one out of a here-the Genesis version of Virtua Fighter 2 Darius. “/>

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    Screenshot: Kotaku (Sega / Taito)

    But in general, the lineup is strong. Previous small Genesis consoles did not truly represent the best of the best. Here, finally, we have top-tier action games like Gunstar Heroes and Castlevania: Bloodlines . Wonder Boy in Monster World JRPGs underappreciated in their own time but still sharp today.

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