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Quick Look at the Sega Genesis Reboot

Quick Look at the Sega Genesis Reboot

In today's race to stay relevant in a crowded industry, Nintendo is seemingly taking the lion's share at the moment. The NES Classic Edition or NES Mini has many shoppers reeling to find a copy, while those who have acquired one are humbling bragging online or scalping their copies for 2-5 times the retail value. With all the attention back on Nintendo, other hardware producers are attempting to stay relevant in the industry by focusing back on some of their retro classics.

Announced in October, Sega is using Tectoy, a Brazilian toy manufacturer to produce an officially licensed 16-bit Sega Mega Drive console. However, there are a few notable tweaks being made. Here is what you need to know about the reboot:

1. Plays original Sega cartridges. Well "most" of them, according to TecToy. We will see what that means...

2. Price: 399 Brazilian real; $123.00 US. Not available for international shipping...yet...

4. Uses composite cables. No HDMI compatibility.

5. Not compatible with Game Genie or Sega CD accessories.

6. Has SD card slot to implement emulated games. 

7. Comes pre-loaded with 22 games:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Bonanza Brothers
  • Columns
  • Decap Attack
  • E-SWAT
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe 3
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Last Battle
  • Out Runners
  • Sega Soccer
  • Shadow Dancer
  • Shinobi 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Turbo Outrun

There are certainly a few things to be excited about: the Sd card slot, original cartridge compatibility and the fact that it's being made by original specs and approved by Sega. The downside is that nobody in the US can buy it! The price is little steep when you can find an original console for less than half that cost. However, you would also have to factor in the cost of the games and the time to track them down. Pre-loaded consoles are a fantastic way to relive your youth without spending the time and money to find every game you want to play. 

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