There have been Sega Genesis retro consoles before, and . But the new is a self-contained TV-connected box set done right. Like the and before this, this Genesis Mini has perfect ports of seminal games, layered in a clean menu with extras like game save slots and video settings. And you can trust me on this one: As a bona fide Sega kid -- I had the Sega Master System, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, , and Game Gear -- the Genesis, and its hundreds of games, was where I lived. I remember scouting all the games out at Electronics Boutique and Toys 'R Us, staring at the prerelease box backs months before release. And I owned most of even the weirdest games, like Kid Chameleon and Decapattack (or hey, anyone remember Mystic Defender, or Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude?).
Now, there have been some pretty good Genesis compilations that have come and gone. A recenton PS4, Xbox One and Switch has been my go-to for a while. The had a , and the Switch has some now, too ( ).
But the Sega Genesis Mini, available now, is the Sega retro console you've been waiting for. Simply put: If you want to play some great Sega Genesis games, a well-spent $80 here gets you 40 well-picked ones. (It's £70 in the UK and AU$139 in Australia, where of course it's called the Sega Mega Drive Mini.) And, there are some games (like Road Rash II) that have nearly impossible to get for years. I love it, love it, love it.