AtGames and SEGA announce the retro inspired plug and play Sega Mega Drive Classic Game Console / Ultimate Portable Game Player that comes pre-loaded with 80 classic games.

Retro appears to be the hot new trend this year for the games industry. The trend kicked off earlier this year with Activision revealing that its massively popular shooter, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is getting a remastered version later this year. Then, just a couple weeks ago, Nintendo revealed plans to sell a miniature version of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with 30 preloaded games. Hot on the heels of that reveal, SEGA appears to be more than willing to reinvigorate the old school rivalry between the two companies as it announces its own plug and play classic console bundle as well.

With Sonic the Hedgehog celebrating his 25th anniversary this year, AtGames and SEGA have partnered to release an updated version of the Sega Mega Drive Classic Game Console / Ultimate Portable Game Player. While the portable game player contains a USB charging cable and an SD slot, the console version contains the original and working cartridge slot, 2 wireless controllers and 80 built-in games, including some of SEGA’s greatest hits like Sonic the HedgehogVectorman, and Golden Axe.

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Here is the complete list of games:

Full SEGA Mega Drive Games List:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Chakan: The Forever Man
  • Columns
  • Columns III
  • ComixZone
  • Crack Down
  • DecapAttack
  • Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Phantasy Star 3
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog II
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sword of Varmilion
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman II
  • Mortal Kombat I
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat III

Bonus SEGA Arcade / Puzzle games:

  • Adventure in the Park
  • Cross the road
  • Jack’s Pea
  • Jewel Magic
  • Curling 2010
  • Plumbing Contest
  • Wall-Breaking
  • Bubble Master
  • Break a Fireline
  • Mahjong Solitaire
  • Warehouse Keeper
  • Chess
  • Memory
  • Snake
  • Air Hockey
  • Spider
  • Naval Power
  • Mr. Balls
  • Cannon
  • Fight or Lose
  • Bottle Taps Race
  • Bomber
  • Checker
  • Hexagonos
  • Whack-A-Wolf
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Panic Lift
  • Black Sheep
  • Flash Memory
  • Brain Switch
  • Mega Brain Switch
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Dominant Amber
  • Hide and Seek
  • Jura Formula
  • Lost World Sudoku
  • Meatloaf Rotation
  • Mya Master Mind
  • Skeleton Scale
  • T-Rex Memory Match
  • Yawning Triceratops

While the product is officially licensed by SEGA, the device itself is actually developed by AtGames, a manufacturer who has previous released devices like the Atari Flashback and an older version of this Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Classic Game Console. Interestingly enough, the updated version has decided to swap out 20 games for different ones. Unfortunately, some of the games that have been removed are fan favorites such as all three Streets of Rage games, Ecco the Dolphin, and Virtual Fighter II.

Surprisingly, the Mega Drive console does not support HDMI, instead relying on a single composite AV cable, something which was common with these older consoles back in the late 80s and 90s. This also means that the console will force high definition televisions to handle all upscaling and image processing, adding a higher chance that input latency will plague many of the games contained within the package.

With Nintendo releasing a retro-inspired trailer for its upcoming mini NES, it’ll be interesting to see how fans take to both classic consoles. While the Mega Drive may lack some of the modern features that Nintendo has added into its console, being able to use old SEGA cartridges and controllers is a nice touch. After the rivalry ended when SEGA left the console market, who would have thought that these titans would once again be facing off in 2016.

Are you excited that SEGA is releasing its own version of the classic Mega Drive console? Are you disappointed by the lack of modern touches such as HDMI? Sound off in the comments below.

The Sega Mega Drive Classic Game Console / Ultimate Portable Game Player is scheduled for release in October 2016.

Source: Press Release