Sega’s minia­ture Gen­e­sis con­sole, the Gen­e­sis Mini, will come out on Sep­tem­ber 19th, but it’s avail­able for pre­order now at Ama­zon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Wal­mart.

Pre­orders have actu­al­ly been open for a few months, but there’s more incen­tive to put your mon­ey down. Today, August 14th, is the 30th anniver­sary of the console’s orig­i­nal launch in the US, and The Verge’s Andrew Web­ster post­ed every­thing you’d want to know about the mini retro con­sole.

Some of what you’ll get with the pur­chase of the Gen­e­sis Mini is expect­ed, includ­ing an HDMI cable; pow­er adapter; and a minia­tur­ized, lov­ing­ly re-cre­at­ed ver­sion of the Gen­e­sis con­sole. But like Nintendo’s NES Clas­sic and SNES Clas­sic, Sega has gone the extra mile for Gen­e­sis (Mega Dri­ve, if you live out­side of the US) fans.

Here’s Andrew on a few of those small but impor­tant touch­es:

Hold the start but­ton, and you can return to the system’s main menu, instead of hav­ing to get up and hit the reset but­ton on the con­sole itself. You can also dis­play the siz­able library as if the games were on a book­shelf, brows­ing the spines. It sounds like a small thing, but it’s sur­pris­ing­ly nos­tal­gic.

Check out our post for more impres­sions and for the full 42-title game list. You can expect clas­sics like Son­ic The Hedge­hog, Streets of Rage 2, Ghosts n’ Ghouls, but Sega also includ­ed plen­ty of deep cuts in the Gen­e­sis library.

Pho­to by Chris Welch / The Verge

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