Recently Sega has decided to jump on the bandwagon of retro nostalgia and releasing their consoles in a smaller size of the thing they were upon original release. This has been done in the recent past by both Nintendo and Sony, with Nintendo having fans completely in awe about the idea, and Sony fans wondering if this was such a good idea, to begin with. Sega is looking to attempt to get into this classic console industry with their Sega Genesis, what is considered by far their most successful home console.
Originally this was first brought to the world with the NES Mini, a console which is able to play 30 pre-installed games with save states, an optional CRT filter and 4:3 aspect ratio. With the success of this Nintendo decided to continue with this, releasing the SNES Mini, with 21 games pre-installed onto the console, two controllers in the box instead of just one like with the NES Mini, each game is also now able to have four save states, a rewind feature that allows you to rewind up to five minutes of gameplay from your last save state, and a really cute frame feature which changes color depending on the game.
Then Sony tried their hands at the classic console business, AND BOY, BOY DID THEY MESS IT UP. A console that was rushed for it to be out in time for Christmas ended up with the result of what sounded like the perfect idea when announced, became one of the biggest money losses Sony have made in recent history, and became a joke of the company with its original price tag being £89.99, and falling to around £20, in less than a year. This mistake made people contemplate, is this whole classic console business actually a good idea? The console has 20 games, and the original PS1 controller, with no analog stick, now I did never grow up with the PS1, but from what I have heard from multiple people, everyone remembers it with the analog stick. The game choices were pretty poor and pathetic choices too, when many expected games like Spyro and Crash, we instead got Mr Driller and Battle Arena Toshinden. Which was mainly because of them wanting to have it out for the holiday season, and probably didn’t give companies enough time to get the permission needed to have their games on the Playstation Classic.
However, a new, forgotten company has risen. To many younger people, some might not remember a time where Sega was actually the kings of video games, a time where they dominated the arcades. There was once a time where both Sega and Nintendo neck and neck in terms of quality and were also the two companies to come out and try to recover the entire video game industry after the video game crash of 1983. Their rivalry was also continued into the home console industry, with the fight of NES and SNES vs Genesis, with Sega going after Nintendo whenever they could, and always trying to be one step ahead, this also leads to the classic line of “Sega does what Nintendon’t”.
It is being handled by M2, which were responsible for both the Sega Ages Collection and the Sega 3D Classic Collection for the Nintendo 3DS, they are experts in going above and beyond for bringing old games to modern hardware, which means we can rest assured knowing that Sega will get the respect that they deserve.
The console will feature 40 games on it, more than any other classic console to be released. There will also be 2 wired controllers included with the package. The games announced are:
Ecco The Dolphin, Castlevania Bloodlines, Space Harrier II, Shining Force, Dr Robotniks Mean Bean Machine, Toe Jam and Earl, Comix Zone, Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Gunstar Heroes, Castle Of Illusion, World Of Illusion, Thunder Force III, Super Fantasy Zone, Shinobi III, Streets Of Rage 2, Earthworm Jim, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Contra Hard Corps, Landstalker, Phantasy Star IV, Street Fighter II, Mega Man and The Wily Wars, Sonic Spinball, Vectorman, Wonder Boy in Monster World, Virtua Fighter 2, Alisia Dragoon, Columns, Dynamite Headdy, Strider, Kid Chameleon, Light Crusader, Monster World IV, Eternal Champions, Road Rash II, Tetris and Darius.
The Sega Genesis releases on September 19th of this year with a price tag of 80$ and is hoping to make everyone have faith in the classic console idea and also bring a lot of nostalgia back to older Sega fans who might have grown up with the console as a child.
I personally am very excited for the Sega Genesis Mini, I really think they have learnt from every one of these types of consoles released so far, and have applied this into the project. The Arcade port of Darius that was unreleased for the Genesis will also be packaged too which is one of the things that is most exciting in the games list.