The NES Classic Edition is, sadly, no more. Thankfully, folks into tiny replica consoles packed with retro goodness should have something to look forward to this holiday – Nintendo is apparently working on an SNES Classic Edition, and there’s also a new mini Sega Genesis on the way.
AtGames has been producing all-in-one Sega consoles for a while, but their next model, seemingly called the Sega Genesis Flashback (or Mega Drive Flashback if you’re European) adds new features to bring it in line with what Nintendo offered with the NES Classic, including HDMI support, save states, and a retro-style casing. The system even comes with some features the NES Classic didn’t have, like wireless controllers and the ability to play most of your old cartridges. Not bad!
Ah, but buyer beware – AtGames products don’t have a great reputation. Their Sega classics tend to be poorly emulated, and a lot of the games pre-installed on their systems are actually lousy shovelware you won’t want to play. Is AtGames stepping up their game with the Sega Genesis Flashback? Possibly, but it definitely won’t be the kind of carefully-crafted product the NES Classic was.
Here’s a list of all the legit games (47 in all) included in the Sega Genesis Flashback:
Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, Virtua Fighter 2, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star IV, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Arrow Flash, Bonanza Bros., Chakan: The Forever Man, Columns, Columns III, ComixZone, Crack Down, DecapAttack, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Eternal Champions, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Jewel Master, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Ristar, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic Spinball, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3D Blast, Sword of Vermilion, The Ooze, Vectorman, Vectorman 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Shining Force: the Legacy of Great Intention, Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal, Shining in the Darkness, and Super Thunder Blade.
Not a bad selection! All the Sonic games! And the full Phantasy Star series! We even get some third-party titles, including the original Mortal Kombat trilogy. Hopefully the games actually work this time around.
Sega Genesis Flashback should launch sometime in September. So far, we only know the European price (80 euros), but it should cost something similar in America.
[via Nintendo Life]