But there are also some quality-of-life improvements that are very welcome. Software-wise, the Genesis Mini includes most of the expected features. Each game has multiple save files, so you can hop in and out of games easily, bypassing the often restrictive nature of retro game saves.
You can display games in widescreen or standard view, with multiple wallpaper options to fill in the gaps, and titles can be organized by a range of factors like release date or number of players supported. You can even flip the box art around and view games by their spine, as if they were on a bookshelf.
But again, there are some nice touches that make this feel a step above other offerings. For one, the Genesis Mini features brand-new menu music. It was even composed using the same sound chip found in the original Genesis. It may sound small, but previous mini offerings from Nintendo had no home button functionality at all, forcing you to get up and hit the reset button on the console itself.
My favorite feature, though, sounds like the most boring: the language options. You can scroll through the vastly superior Japanese box art, and — most exciting — the lineup of games will actually change slightly. Of course, the most important part of the device is the game library itself.
But there are also some great third-party titles, including Castlevania: Bloodlines and Contra: Hard Corps. The Genesis Mini also includes less-heralded — but no less important — Sega titles like the Mickey Mouse adventure Castle of Illusion and its sequel, alongside ambitious oddities like the fantasy adventure game Beyond Oasis which has yet another amazing Yuzo Koshiro soundtrack.
Not every game is good. Eternal Champions is a mostly forgettable fighting game, and some of the later Genesis titles felt more like technical showcases than flagship games, including the visually stunning Vectorman and a technically impressive but not especially fun port of Virtua Fighter 2.
There are some great two-player games, like Streets of Rage 2 , and lengthy single-player titles you can get lost in, like Phantasy Star IV. The games play just like you remember them, thanks to the technical handiwork of retro game studio M2, which has a storied history of porting classic Sega titles. You can follow the trajectory of Genesis games from souped up 8-bit games to experiences that were really pushing the limits of what the console was capable of.
The real question for anyone looking to pick up the Genesis Mini is how long all of those appealing elements will keep you interested. Plug-and-play retro consoles are a great idea on the surface, a simple and inexpensive way of exploring classic games on a modern TV, without the hassle that comes from dealing with old hardware or cartridges. There are plenty of tiny retro Nintendo consoles that were eagerly anticipated and now sit collecting dust. The PlayStation Classic felt like a slapped-together product meant to capitalize on a trend.
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