Sega, the popular 80s gaming console launched a mini Genesis console that is based on the original system last Thursday.
Remember those simpler days when we used to play with those 16-bit video games? Well, to jog those nostalgic memories a company has launched them once again. According to a report by CNN, Sega, the popular 80s gaming console launched a mini Genesis console based on the original system last Thursday. While the Sega Genesis was first introduced in October 1988 in Japan, it made its way to North America in 1988.
Giving the games on this mini-console a classic touch they have come up with some interesting titles including "Sonic the Hedgehog," "World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck," "Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition," and "Castlevania: Bloodlines," which if you remember was adapted into a series by Netflix. This is definitely the throwback moment every gamer was waiting for!
If you wish to purchase the mini (which I'm sure most of you are) here's what you need to know about its latest design. Priced at $79.99, the console is just 55% of its original size. The console that can be easily plugged directly into a TV comes pre-loaded with 42 games and two simple controllers which can be connected via USB. As per the reports, the electronic music gels very well with the 16-bit graphics transporting you the console's original era.
"The retro gaming market is definitely a niche market," said chief analyst at research firm Ovum, Ed Barton. The former gaming industry analyst also added, "If you're of a certain age, you might remember them and this might be the easiest way to play games today." Even top console makers like Sony and Nintendo recently reintroduced their limited-edition versions of vintage consoles, that costs a mere fraction of the original. Looks like the hype is building slowly and people are loving it!
This is the picture of my childhood.— Laura Hofstrand (@lehofst) 19 September 2019
An associate professor of information systems at Boston University, Andrei Hagiu, viewed the Sega Genesis Mini series as a "copycat." Having written case studies on video games previously, Hagiu said, "[The Sega Genesis Mini] is completely copycat. It's just a quick opportunity to make money, why not?" Although Sega was the talk of the town back in the 1990s, it's popularity fell over the years discouraging the company from making any new generations of the console. However, it's competitors Nintendo and Sony survived the market and went on to grow bigger each year.
Lol... Sega is back. Remember playing mortal Kombat on Sega several years ago— Kizito Isifeh (@KizitoIsifeh) 19 September 2019
"The cost of simply surviving in the console business today is so extraordinarily expensive," said the author of Console Wars, Blake J. Harris. "Sega doesn't have the financial resources to compete with companies like Microsoft, Sony, or even Nintendo." Analysts expressed their doubts about Genesis Mini being able to assist struggling retailers in boosting its sales at the end of a console cycle. "his will have zero impact on the market," Barton said. "It's minuscule compared to what the big chains need to significantly turn around their business."
People on Twitter sure seemed excited about it. @NightStarSkywalker wrote: Gotta get that emulator kít, had it for years from the web, but even with the plug in usb controller, nothing beats those days with the fat blob of a remote in hand Christmas 93' SONIC & KNUCKLES dropped and the World shoook! @Tyler W saw this as an opportunity. He wrote: I never owned a Genesis, my childhood friend did, so I was never able to put in the time to beat it this is my chance to redeem myself!
😍😍😍— Ali Muslem Almuslem (@DrAliAlmuslem) 19 September 2019