It’s been almost a month since the Mega Drive Mini retro console has been released. Its creators wanted to bring back those classic games from the 80’s and 90’s and that had run on the old 16-bit Sega Genesis console. Surprisingly for most gamers nowadays, there are still people in this world who don’t necessarily need video games that require gigabytes of storage and RAM.
But with the recent retro consoles being released, the big question is which one is better – PlayStation Classic, SNES Classic Mini, Mega Drive Mini, or some other one?
Sega Mega Drive Mini
It has 42 games into its system, which means hours of fun for nostalgic gamers. Sega announced even since last year the arrival of their mini retro console. It looks great and runs smoothly, providing HD quality for those 42 games.
The selection of games to be played via Mega Drive Mini is pretty impressive – Contra, Golden Axe, Columns, Castlevania Bloodlines, Tetris, and Earthworm Jim would be the most important.
PlayStation Classic Mini
Remember the first PlayStation released by Sony a quarter of a century ago? Nowadays, hardcore gamers might laugh out loud at the poor graphics of the first PlayStation, but for the year 1994 it was a sheer paradise for any gamer.
PlayStation Classic Mini brings back that forgotten 32-Bit era but so loved at its time, but unfortunately, the retro console wasn’t received by gamers as expected. The emulation performance is poor, there’s no analog stick for the controllers, and some iconic PS1 games have not been included. PaRappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo and Tomb Raider were some of the titles that didn’t make it to the retro console.
And above all, the starting price of £89.99 is considered to be way too high for the console’s capabilities.
SNES Classic Mini
The controllers are recreated very well after the original ones from the legendary 16-bit console Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The emulation is great, and the game selection is even better. The retro console brings back all the major titles from the good old SNES: Super Mario World, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Star Fox, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Castlevania 4, and Contra 3, just to name a few.
So what’s the best retro console? Is it the Mega Drive Mini? Apparently, it might seem so, but you know what they say: everything is relative in life, even the word “relative” itself. It remains for you to decide which console you like the most and want to spend your time on.
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