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March 31, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Swapping AtGames for M2 makes the Sega Genesis mini console a better contender in September

Sega MegaDrive/Genesis mini console
While I'm excited about M2 coming aboard to deliver a Genesis mini, Sega Genesis Classics was released for modern consoles in 2018.
Sega announced a September release for their MegaDrive and Genesis mini consoles. Much like the ones Nintendo launched a few years ago, the popularity of these devices seems limitless (unless you're Sony and do it wrong). The Genesis Mini Console will be release on September 19, 2019. For $80 you'll get a replica console about half the size of the original Genesis, along with 40 built-in games, two 3-button USB controllers and power and HDMI cables.

The best news is that M2 will handle porting of the games. M2 has ported several games for SEGA AGES series and SEGA 3D Classics Collection. As much as I liked the Flashback consoles full of Atari games, the Sega releases had poor emulation from visual oddities to awful sound reproduction. If you saw the new Flashback Blast dongle-consoles, you probably noticed the lack of Sega titles - all Atari. It would seem the partnership between AtGames and Sega is over - which is probably best for all involved.

As popular as mini consoles are, I recently purchased Sega Genesis Classics which was available for Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in 2018. Most of the first ten games revealed for the mini, are on this compilation disc. Sure playing on a modern console doesn't allow the replica controllers, but I'm curious to see the remaining 30 games and see how many of the Mini's games are already available on modern consoles.

Genesis Mini Console - first 10 Games Revealed

Sega is going to hold back some of the game titles to build excitement for the console. Here are the first ten games revealed.
  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. Ecco the Dolphin
  3. Castlevania: Bloodlines
  4. Space Harrier 2
  5. Shining Force
  1. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  2. ToeJam & Earl
  3. Comix Zone
  4. Altered Beast
  5. Gunstar Heroes
Sega MegaDrive/Genesis mini console

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