Sega is joining the retro mini-console wars with its own Sega Genesis Mini, with a September 19 release date and a $79.99 price tag. The good news is you can preorder the Sega Genesis Mini right now, but the question is: should you?
First off, it doesn’t look as though it’s in danger of selling out immediately, as was the case with the first runs of the NES and Super NES Classics from Nintendo. In fact, the Sega Genesis Mini is the best selling video game item on Amazon at the time of this writing. That’s a tall feat: the spot is almost the exclusive domain of the $10 Sony PlayStation Store gift card.
To bump it out of number 1, the Sega Genesis Mini, an $80 retro gaming console, sold more units than a $10 gift card. That’s pretty impressive, so there could be concern further down the road with finding one. Hopefully Sega has no supply problems like the ones that plagued Nintendo’s initial releases.
Sony’s PlayStation Classic mini console was regarded by almost everyone as a complete disappointment. A weird selection of games, emulation problems, PAL versions of some games, and a $99 price tag turned people off. You can still pick one up at Walmart for a clearance price of $39.
Hopefully the Sega Genesis Mini is closer in quality to the Super NES and NES Classics. It even does one better, including an AC adapter right in the box.
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