Sega Mega Drive Mini REVIEW: Early verdict is in for the Genesis reboot

The Sega Mega Drive Mini release date may be a few months away, but that hasn’t stopped one site from delivering an early verdict.

The Sega Mega Drive Mini has a September 19 release date in the UK.

Based on the Model 1 Genesis from 1988, the Mega Drive Mini comes with two replica three-button USB controllers, a USB power cable and a HDMI cable.

And it looks like good news for pre-order customers, as the console receives high praise in an early hands-on review on TechRadar.

“If you doubted that Sega would treat its classic console with care, doubt no longer,” the review reads. “If you want to walk down memory lane with the scrappy Genesis library, the Mini console is worth it.”

According to the review, the console’s biggest problem is that it’s missing one or two classic games.

It’s also a shame that the six button controller is only bundled with the Japanese version of the console.

Fans can pre-order the Mega Drive Mini from the likes of Amazon, GAME and Argos, where it costs £69.99.

The retro gaming system will launch with 42 games – which is an increase on the 40 that were originally promised.

This includes titles like Road Rash 2, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Earthworm Jim, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and the ultra-rare Tetris.

Game ports are being handled by M2, the studio behind Sega Ages and Sega 3D Classics.

The Sega Mega Drive Mini games list in full…

• Sonic The Hedgehog

• Ecco the Dolphin

• Castlevania: The New Generation

• Space Harrier 2

• Shining Force

• Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

• ToeJam & Earl

• Comix Zone

• Altered Beast

• Gunstar Heroes

• Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

• World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

• Thunder Force III

• Super Fantasy Zone

• Shinobi III

• Streets of Rage 2

• Earthworm Jim

• Sonic The Hedgehog 2

• Probotector

• Landstalker

• Mega Man: The Wily Wars

• Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

• Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

• Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

• Story of Thor

• Golden Axe

• Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

• Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball

• Vectorman

• Wonder Boy in Monster World

• Tetris

• Darius

• Road Rash II

• Strider

• Virtua Fighter 2

• Alisia Dragoon

• Kid Chameleon

• Monster World IV

• Eternal Champions

• Columns

• Dynamite Headdy

• Light Crusader

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