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Sega Genesis Mini (and how it compares with Nintendo consoles)

Sega's excellent 16-bit retro gaming console, up close and all the details.

Scott Stein
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
Sarah Tew Senior Editor / Photography
I'm a visual storyteller, working primarily in the medium of photography and photoshop. I listen to more podcasts than I can keep up with and enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and am striving for a sustainable lifestyle. A big-picture thinker, I am always trying to put the pieces together, and though things are scary these days, I believe humanity will pull through.
Scott Stein
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Sega Genesis Mini

The Genesis Mini is here: it's an $80 mini console that plays classic Genesis games. And it's great.

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Like the NES Classic and SNES Classic before it, it's small.

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Like, really small.

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The controllers that come with it are normal-sized, and mimic the original Genesis three-button controllers.

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The system has a cartridge door that opens! But it doesn't actually work with cartridges.

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The original Genesis controller feel isn't great, but a six-button controller is sold separately. At least the cord's longer than the NES Classic controllers.

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The games included some great rarities, like Road Rash II and Earthworm Jim.

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The AC adapter uses standard Micro-USB.

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I love how small it is.

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But consider: A Sega Genesis Classics game compilation already exists on Nintendo Switch (pictured), PS4 and Xbox One. It costs less and comes with a different but equally good assortment of games.

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Stacking the Genesis Mini on top of the NES Classic and SNES Classic, because you want to see that.

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An SNES Classic-with-Genesis Mini comparison. They feel equally high-quality.

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