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Sega Genesis Mini retro console is half off at Amazon

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It’s $10 cheaper than Black Friday

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A photo of the Sega Genesis mini console on a hardwood floor. Photo: Christopher Grant/Polygon

The Sega Genesis Mini dropped down to $39.99 at Amazon — half off its standard retail price — over the 4th of July weekend. That matches the best discount we’ve seen yet on Sony’s excellent plug-and-play console, and it’s $10 cheaper than last year’s Black Friday deal.

When the Sega Genesis Mini was released last fall, years behind Nintendo’s SNES Classic and NES Classic, we called it “a best-in-class retro console with excellent games, excellent emulation, original controllers, and a price tag that seems fair.” When compared to Nintendo’s own mini consoles, the Sega Genesis Mini more than holds its own. It’s also much more likely to be in stock, even as NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles are constantly sold out.

The Sega Genesis Mini boasts 42 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage 2, and Tetris. It also allows for save states, which is a standard feature on modern emulators but was impossible on the original Sega Genesis.

At $39.99, the Sega Genesis Mini is easy to recommend, especially as the coronavirus pandemic has made finding other consoles like the Nintendo Switch a pain. Amazon indicates that the Sega Genesis Mini will be in stock on July 12, but you can go ahead and order it at the discounted price and Amazon will ship you the console on that date.