It has finally happened ladies and gentlemen! In the light of Nintendo releasing updated (and mini) versions of their classic consoles, another classic company plans to do the same. I don't know about you all, but after the SNES Classic was announced I was really pumped. Many of my favorite classics are pre-loaded onto the system (Metroid, Super Mario, Donkey Kong Country) including my favorite game of all time (Yoshi's Island) and even one game that has not actually been released before (Star Fox 2 a game that hand been canceled before it was released). But after that announcement, I talked with some people about how cool it would be if SEGA were to follow suit and release a mini Genesis with pre-loaded games just like Nintendo is doing.
Well my friends, as if the gods of gaming hath rained their blessings upon my beckoning call, SEGA (with a helpful partnership with AtGames) is now releasing a mini Genesis console. Not only that but there are two versions of the console: one branded "Classic," which comes with 81 pre-loaded games and two wired controllers and will sell for $59.99, and another branded "Flashback," which comes with 85 pre-loaded games, two wireless controllers and HD (720p) output, and will sell for $79.99!
Are you ready for the real kicker? You're all probably like me and have some Genesis cartridges in a box or tucked away somewhere that hasn't seen daylight in decades, right? Well, it's time to dust them off and give them some sunshine because both console versions are fully compatible with the cartridges! Yes, you read that correctly: you can play your classic game cartridges on your brand new mini console, a feature that sets this new Genesis apart from the NES and SNES mini systems. The pre-loaded games will include classics like: Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat and Golden Axe. However, there are some hidden gems in there as well like Vectorman, Phantasy Star, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (one of my faves), and Super Thunder Blade.
Get your pre-ordering fingers ready because they go live Friday, July 28th!
It is important to note that the games do vary between consoles, so we have included the full lists after the break.