AtGames releasing another Classic Sega Genesis Console [UPDATE 7/28/2017]

UPDATE 7/28/2017: In a scathing first-look review, Gamespot is telling consumers not to buy AtGames’ Sega Genesis Flashback. Read the article for details but one thing I overlooked is the fact that like the console they released last year, this one comes with almost two dozen unlicensed third party games mixed in with Genesis and Game Gear titles. Gamespot Alleges is not only AtGames intentionally misleading consumers by advertising 85 games (45 Genesis, 12 Game Gear and the rest third party) but the console itself has a ton of technical problems.

Based on this, I have removed my endorsement of the console. Unlike Nintendo’s Classic Consoles, the Genesis ones by AtGames lack Quality Assurance and is a cash grab. Why Sega allowed this is anyone’s guess but fans of the older consoles are clearly the target demographic. If you still have an original Genesis you really have no reason to buy this overpriced knockoff that apparently can’t even emulate physical games well.

…This should come as no surprise after the one released last year. It will retail at $80. Not only does it come pre-loaded with 85 games but it also comes with the ability to play almost all physical Genesis games (!). So, if you happen to have any Genesis games in the closet for Nostalgia this might not be a bad investment.

AtGames seems to have both learned their lesson from the previous one as this one reportedly only comes with Genesis and Game Gear games. It seems they also got cleared to include many third party games that weren’t included with the previous release. Here is the list I pulled off AtGames’ website:

 

  1. Adventure in the Park
  2. Air Hockey
  3. Alex Kidd in High Tech World
  4. Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  5. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  6. Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  7. Alien Storm
  8. Altered Beast
  9. Arrow Flash
  10. Baku Baku Animal
  11. Bomber
  12. Bonanza Bros.
  13. Bottle Taps Race
  14. Break the Fireline
  15. Bubbles Master
  16. Cannon
  17. Chakan: The Forever Man
  18. Checker *
  19. Chess *
  20. Columns *
  21. Columns III
  22. Comix Zone
  23. Crack Down
  24. Cross the road
  25. Curling 2010
  26. Decap Attack
  27. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  28. ESWAT: City Under Seige
  29. Eternal Champions
  30. Fantasy Zone
  31. Fantasy Zone The Maze
  32. Fatal Labyrinth
  33. Fight or Lose
  34. Fish Story
  35. Fish Tank Live
  36. Flicky
  37. Gain Ground
  38. Golden Axe *
  39. Golden Axe II
  40. Golden Axe III
  41. Hangman
  42. Hexagonos
  43. Jack’s Pea
  44. Jewel Magic
  45. Jewel Master
  46. Kid Chameleon
  47. Mahjong Solitaire
  48. Maze 2010
  49. Memory
  50. Mortal Kombat
  51. Mortal Kombat 3
  52. Mortal Kombat II
  53. Mr. Balls
  54. Naval Power
  55. Phantasy Star
  56. Phantasy Star II
  57. Phantasy Star III
  58. Phantasy Star IV
  59. Plumbing Contest
  60. Ristar
  61. Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  62. Shining Force
  63. Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal
  64. Shining in the Darkness
  65. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  66. Snake
  67. Snowboarding
  68. Sonic & Knuckles
  69. Sonic 3D Blast
  70. Sonic Chaos
  71. Sonic Drift 2
  72. Sonic Spinball
  73. Sonic the Hedgehog *
  74. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 *
  75. Sonic Triple Trouble
  76. Spider
  77. Super Thunder Blade
  78. Sword Of Vermilion
  79. Tails Adventure
  80. The Ooze
  81. Vectorman
  82. Vectorman 2
  83. Virtua Fighter II
  84. Wall-Breaking
  85. Warehouse Keeper

* Genesis and Game Gear games are different from each other.

 

I bolded the games I knew were Game Gear games, mainly because I either owned them during the mid-1990s or at least heard about them. The short-lived Game Gear was technically superior to the Game Boy during its lifespan. It wasn’t the first handheld console in color (Neo Geo’s Wonderswan Color was the first) but it was the first to have a built-in backlight. Who remembers those night lights Nintendo made for the Game Boy Pocket and the first-gen Game Boy Advance consoles? LOL. Anyway, the Game Gear only lasted four years because of its crippling weakness: It was so powerful, it could drain six AA batteries in 2 hours (!). I had an AC Adapter and it lasted a few months at most. Sega released rechargable battery packs to help offset this but they proved to be a fire hazard and could damage the handheld from overheating.

If Sega wasn’t releasing a new console every two years and actually fixed the problem, they could’ve given Nintendo some serious competition in the handheld market for the rest of the 90s. Then again even if they did, the release of Pokemon Red and Blue/Green in 1996 probably would’ve killed the Game Gear anyway.

Getting back on topic.

Noticably absent from the above list are Street Fighter II (all 3 Genesis releases), Streets of Rage (all 3 games), Sonic 3 (strangely Sonic and Knuckles made the cut) Sonic 3 and Knuckles (Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles combined) and Shining Force: Sword of Hajiya (Game Gear release). While yes Street Fighter belongs to Capcom I’m sure that if they asked, Capcom would’ve greenlit having Street Fighter II + Champion Edition + Super Street Fighter II included. Fun fact: Street Fighter II Turbo is the SNES equivalent of Champion Edition (Super SFII was released on both the Genesis and the SNES). Phantasy Star I, III and IV making the cut is HUGE as they’ve only been re-released a small handful of times compared to II.

 

Nether Realm Studios owns the rights to the Mortal Kombat franchise so…yeah. Would’ve been cool if they could’ve gotten EA Sports to let them include Madden, Jordan vs. Bird, Coach K and NBA Jam. One can dream!

 

Nintendo and Sega suddenly making retro versions of their old consoles is for more than just nostalgia. There’s a demand for it first and they’re aggressively combating piracy head-on. These days, folks hack their smartphones to run NES, SNES, Genesis and in some cases PS1, N64 and Dreamcast games. Nintendo keeps re-releasing their older games to make them accessible. Mind you, there will always be a percentage of games from the older consoles that can never be re-released due to licensing reasons.

Activision famously remade Goldeneye 007 several years back since the original couldn’t be re-released due to the license holder–Rareware–had since been bought by Microsoft. When Nintendo re-released Diddy Kong Racing on the Nintendo DS, Conker and Banjo were replaced with Dixie Kong and Kiddie Kong (The latter last seen in Donkey Kong 64) since Microsoft now owns the rights to Conker and Banjo (Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day have both since been re-released on Xbox Live). Rareware is a 2nd party company within Microsoft just like Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem) is within Nintendo.

In closing, the Sega Genesis Flashback comes with two wireless controllers but is also 100% compatible with wired controllers. So again, if you or anyone you know has physical Genesis games they’ll work. The digital games have Save Anytime plus the ability to pause or rewind (Save State prettymuch). Finally, you use an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV. I’d say this console would make a good buy for either a hardcore collector or someone who played the original Genesis but doesn’t play video games much anymore. Outside that, you’re better off getting a Wii U in my book.

 

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