SEGA assuredly appear the official absolution date of the Genesis Mini, its answer to the craze of fun-sized retro consoles that peaked last year. As cool as it’ll be to see the return of one of gaming‘s most golden of oldies, SEGA may have missed the boat on this fad — and now we get to see if gamers absolutely want to buy a retro animate that doesn’t have “Nintendo” emblazoned on it.

We’ve known about the Genesis Mini — which is called the Mega Drive Mini in non-US markets — for almost a year. At the time it was revealed, all we really knew about it was that it was in the works — then aggregate went quiet amid now and then. It didn’t help that the aboriginal reveal was overshadowed by abiding fan acrimony over a agnate console, the flawed Genesis Anamnesis HD.

From what we can tell, it ticks all the “retro animate boxes” — it’s plug-and-play out of the box, it’s a ashen adaptation of the aboriginal machine, and it comes pre-loaded with several of the games most associated with it. It’ll have 40 games, though it’s only appear 10 of them so far. No abruptness to see on the list, as well as  and .

The animate was originally slated for absolution last year, in affiliation with the aboriginal Genesis’s 30th anniversary, but it was delayed for affection reasons. Had it come out at the time, it apparently would have been part of the same retro-console craze as the NES and SNES Classics. As it is, the fever those consoles created has cooled somewhat — so now’s the time we’ll get to see if the market for them remains. As great as those consoles did, sales-wise, there was always the chance their main source of appeal was the Nintendo name and its associated franchises.

So far, we’ve not had a great point of comparison. The only major retro animate appear other than the NES and SNES is the PlayStation Classic, which went over like a lead balloon. That console’s major botheration was that it came with fewer games than the former two, and yet was more expensive, so it’s hard to say whether the market alone it because they didn’t want more retro consoles, or because they were insulted. We also saw the absolution of the C64 Mini, but that came to the market with all the alarum of a midday nap.

Considering the rumors that Nintendo is developing more anamnesis devices have been arguable at best, any ones made by other companies after this point apparently can’t rely on that rising tide to lift their boats. Sure, the SEGA Genesis OGs out there will apparently snap the Mini up, but what about anybody else? That animate is 30 years old: there’s an entire bearing of adult gamers born after the Genesis was released. How strong is accepted concern about the past, when accompanying with SEGA’s name recognition?

If the Genesis Mini is heralding the next wave of retro consoles, it might have at least some company: Atari is allegedly going to absolution its VCS mini animate some time this year. That animate currently costs over twice as much as the Genesis Mini, but will allegedly accommodate several appearance other consoles conspicuously lack, such as the adeptness to play new games as well as old classics. I’d be analytical to see which one cuts the most ice with gamers.

The Genesis Mini comes out on September 19, and will cost $79.99. You can pre-order it from SEGA’s site.

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