The Genesis Mini is finally out in the wild and people around the world are reliving the 16-bit days. Meticulously modeled after the original hardware, this little device pays homage to Sega's legacy in glorious fashion. From the packaging to the controllers and even the game selection, the Mini is a real testament to the monumental force that Sega used to be.
There was every reason this device should have failed, though. Previous attempts at releasing clone consoles (i.e. hardware that mimics the original) from Sega resulted in disastrous results. Poor sound emulation, choppy framerates, and just a general lack of polish plagued every device ATGames released. When Sega announced M2 would be handling the Mini, fans were elated.
M2, for those unaware, has made a name for itself by releasing ports of classic games that often improve the originals in little ways. From Xbox 360 compilations to 3DS remakes and the new Sega Ages line on Switch, M2 has become synonymous with quality. That quality assurance has carried over to the Genesis Mini, as well. This may very well be the best mini-console released by a major company yet.