A Legacy Console War has Ignited with SEGA's New Mini Genesis Announcement - The UpStream

A Legacy Console War has Ignited with SEGA's New Mini Genesis Announcement

posted Monday Jul 17, 2017 by Allante Sparks

A Legacy Console War has Ignited with SEGA's New Mini Genesis Announcement

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.

The list of games for each console version is actually slightly different. There are about 15 games that come exclusively with the "Classic" system and about 20 that come exclusive with the Flashback version. So check each list and choose wisely!

Available on both consoles

  • Adventure in the Park
  • Air Hockey
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Baku Baku Animal
  • Bomber
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Bottle Taps Race
  • Break the Fireline
  • Bubbles Master
  • Cannon
  • Checker
  • Chess
  • Columns
  • Columns Ill
  • ComixZone
  • Crack Down
  • Cross the road
  • Curling 2010
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Fight or Lose
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Hexagonos
  • Jack's Pea
  • Jewel Magic
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Mahjong Solitaire
  • Memory
  • Mortal Kombat 3
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mr. Balls
  • Naval Power
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Plumbing Contest
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Snake
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Spider
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Wall-Breaking
  • Warehouse Keeper

Genesis Classic

  • Black Sheep
  • Dinosaur Puzzle
  • Dominant Amber
  • Flash Memory
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Hide and Seek
  • Lost World Sudoku
  • Meatloaf Rotation
  • Mega Brain Switch
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Mya Master Mind
  • Panic Lift
  • Ptero Spotting
  • Whack-A-Wolf
  • Yawning Triceratops

Genesis Flashback

  • Alex Kidd in High Tech World
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  • Chakan: The Forever Man
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone The Maze
  • Fish Story
  • Fish Tank Live
  • Hangman
  • Maze 2010
  • Phantasy Star
  • Phantasy Star 3: Generations of Doom
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Snowboarding
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Triple Trouble
  • Sword Of Vermilion
  • Tails Adventure
  • Vectorman 2

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