Japan’s legendary M2 handled the software for the Sega Genesis Mini, and the attention to detail that made M2 famous is fully present here. The menu music is an original creation written by Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro and created using the original Sega Genesis soundchip, and it will stick in your head all day. It’s wonderful.
You can sort your games alphabetically, by genre, number of players, or chronologically, and you can shift the boxes 90-degrees to see them on your “game shelf.”
The Genesis Mini also has three wallpapers for use when playing games, and you can easily toggle the CRT filter on and off from the screen settings menu.
The hardware, too, has some pretty great touches to make it feel like a perfect, but 55% smaller, version of the original Sega Genesis model. The volume slider moves up and down as it should (although it doesn’t actually change the volume), and the cartridge bay doors open and close. The Japanese Mega Drive Mini has a special edition with scaled-down cartridges you can pop inside, and also includes a “Tower of Power,” which you can attach to the (also functioning) expansion port door. There’s no word on whether or not we’ll see the extra swag in a special edition for the west, but believe me, I’ve already asked about it and will be the first to let you know.
Take a closer look at the Sega Genesis Mini in the slideshow below:
Take a look at the start screens for all 42 games included with the Genesis Mini below:
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