Sega Is Bringing Back the Genesis Console

For anyone who was a kid in the 1980s, console gaming largely came down to a choice between two systems – the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or the Sega Mega Drive (sold as the Sega Genesis in North America). Much like today’s ongoing rivalry between Playstation and Xbox, gamers claimed their allegiance to a particular console and stuck loyally with it.

Throughout the heyday of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming, Nintendo for the most part dominated Sega in terms of sales. This isn’t to say that the Sega didn’t have a strong fanbase, however. Game franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe were particularly popular during their day, despite Nintendo’s consistent lineup of highly successful titles released each year.

The concept of a new competitive era between the NES and the Sega Genesis seems laughable, but that’s exactly how things are shaping up. CBR has just revealed Sega’s announcement that in an gesture to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25-year anniversary, The Sega Mega Drive Classic will be released with 80 built-in classic games. The console will also come with a cartridge port for gamers who either managed to hang on to past games or are willing to shop around for the classics. Check out the full list of titles on the Sega Genesis Classic, below:

  • 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
  • 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 Vermilion
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman II
  • Mortal Kombat I
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat III
  • 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
  • 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

In addition to the console, At Games (the Chinese company licensed by Sega to rerelease its games) will also release a handheld version of the Genesis called the Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Retro Games Handheld, which comes with an SD slot so that gamers can add to the device's library digitally.  Sega’s announcement follows on the heels of Nintendo’s recent revelation that a mini NES would be released this coming November, officially titled The Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition. That console will also be loaded with a selection of old school titles, though only 30 in comparison to the Sega Genesis’ 80. Though the NES classic has the advantage of size in that it can fit into the palm of one’s hand, it does not have the advantage of a cartridge port. Sega’s attention to detail in this respect will undoubtedly play well with many gamers – many of whom will be familiar with the halcyon days of 1980’s gaming.

Sega Classics

Although Sega’s new console will appeal to many, the safe bet is still on Nintendo to take the upper hand in sales. The Sega Genesis may have 80 preloaded titles, but 30 of these titles are puzzle games. Given that in 2016 the puzzle game market is somewhat dominated by mobile phone apps, the most sought-after titles on the new Genesis will surely be among its initial 50. Even from this standpoint, the Genesis has 20 more nostalgic titles than the NES, but Nintendo’s titles are more likely to draw in the gamers who remember playing them as kids – back when Nintendo was trouncing Sega in the console wars.

Of course, those who buy either the new Sega Genesis or the NES Classic won’t necessarily be limited to one particular demographic. New generations of gamers will likely also get in on the fun and whether they choose Sega or NES will ultimately help to create a new console battle, thirty odd years after the original one took place.

The Sega Genesis Classic will be released in October 2016.

Source: CBR

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