Party like it's 1989: A mini remake of Sega Genesis is here, complete with 42 built-in games

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42 games, 1 mini video game console. (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)

We’re in the midst of a retro gaming trend—and we’re loving it.

The Sega Genesis Mini ($79) is an exact replica of Sega’s original video game console from 1989—only smaller. Happy 30th anniversary, Sega! From the volume slider to the side air vents, it really looks like Sega used the shrink ray from Honey, I Shrunk The Kids to create this console.

It includes 42 built-in games from Sega’s past, like Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Earthworm Jim. It also comes with the rare Mega Man: The Wily Wars (only available via a Sega Channel subscription back in the day) and Sega’s version of Tetris—never-before released.

The Sega Genesis Mini features a few modern touches like game saves and well-organized and colorful menus, but still captures what it felt like to play video games in the early ‘90s. And if you really want a blast from the past, you can use a retro setting to make your TV look like that old boob tube from yesteryear.

The console comes with two full-sized three-button controllers that attach via USB (however, a six-button controller is also available for $20), a power cable, a microUSB power adaptor and an HDMI cable.

Have fun returning to the glory days!

Sega Genesis Mini

Go back to the '90s with the Sega Genesis Mini. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)

The Sega Genesis Mini comes with these 42 games built-in:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

  • Alisia Dragoon

  • Altered Beast

  • Beyond Oasis

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines

  • Columns

  • Comix Zone

  • Contra: Hard Corps

  • Darius

  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

  • Dynamite Headdy

  • Earthworm Jim

  • Ecco the Dolphin

  • Eternal Champions

  • Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

  • Golden Axe

  • Gunstar Heroes

  • Kid Chameleon

  • Landstalker

  • Light Crusader

  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars

  • Monster World IV

  • Phantasy Star IV

  • Road Rash II

  • Shining Force

  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball

  • Space Harrier

  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

  • Streets of Rage 2

  • Strider

  • Super Fantasy Zone

  • Tetris

  • Thunder Force III

  • ToeJam & Earl

  • Vectorman

  • Virtua Fighter 2

  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

Shop it: Sega Genesis Mini, $79, amazon.com and walmart.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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