Normally $80, the widely acclaimed Sega Genesis Mini is currently on sale for $50.

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If you have fond memories of playing Sega Genesis games — and I think anyone who owned the console definitely does — your nostalgia ship has come in: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Sega Genesis Mini retro console for $49.99

Update, May 20: After selling out quickly yesterday morning, it’s available again at Amazon — but with an in-stock date of May 30. Want it sooner? Best Buy has the console for the same price, and so does GameStop.

The Genesis Mini is a self-contained system that plugs into your TV. It comes with two wired controllers and 42 built-in games. And by all accounts, it’s fantastic.

Indeed, unlike the widely panned Sony PlayStation Classic retro console, the Genesis Mini debuted to great reviews — including Scott Stein’s Sega Genesis Mini review. He found the port quality to be superb and loved the inclusion of some classic games that weren’t previously available elsewhere.

Meanwhile, over 2,300 Amazon buyers collectively rated the system 4.7 stars. If you know a grad who loves retro gaming or a dad who still speaks longingly of Earthworm Jim, this would make a great gift.

Your thoughts?

Originally published earlier this week. Updated to reflect changes in availability. Removed expired bonus deal.

The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad


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