The Sega Genesis Mini 2 boasts an impressive line up of over 50 games

Mega Drive Mini 2 System
Mega Drive Mini 2 System (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Mini consoles are plug-and-play systems that offer a wide variety of popular retro games with no need for Internet access.
  • Made most popular by Nintendo, Sega also dipped its toes in the mini console market with retro Sega consoles.
  • The newest Sega mini console, the Sega Genesis Mini 2, releases on October 27, 2022.

Mini consoles were quite popular at one point in time, with consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic flying off store shelves. These consoles not only offer lots of retro games that gamers feel most nostalgic for, but can also be plugged directly into the TV and played immediately, with no need to change cartridges, connect to the internet, or download updates.

Sega dabbled in mini consoles before with the Genesis Mini, and has recently announced the mini console's sequel on their Twitter:

The Sega Genesis Mini 2 allows players to access over 50 games from Sega's retro times, improving on the previous 2019 model. This time around, Sega CD titles are also available to play, with more power and full-motion video. A previously unreleased game also joins the roster, which is the only way to play it in the United States.

Pre-orders are open now for the console, which is exclusively distributed by Amazon. The Sega Genesis Mini 2 releases on October 27, 2022.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.