For those of you who may be a bit too young to remember, the Sega Genesis was SEGA’s answer to Nintendo’s Super Nintendo. A 16-bit console that used “blast processing” to wow the socks off of video game lovers all over North America.
While it did release elsewhere, known as the Mega Drive in most other territories, it planted its flag here in the West as it advertised itself as everything Nintendo was not. SEGA took an edgier route, eventually establishing the tagline “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” (the war between consoles was very different back then).
But aside from all the posturing and the entertaining rivalry, the Genesis was actually a really good console with some amazing games. It was SEGA’s last really successful platform, and when looking at the lineup of games, it’s easy to see why. Golden Axe, Streets of Rage 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, The Revenge of Shinobi, Shining Force, Out Run – the list goes on. While you can find a collection containing some of these games on most current platforms, it’s just not the same without that odd, curved controller.
A Mini Genesis would reignite the passion of so many lost SEGA fans and help share the nostalgic love that Nintendo fans are about to experience come November.