I was walking in a Rite Aide when low and behold I was sucked into a time warp. It was a moment only Doc. Brown (from Back to the Future) would have only dreamt of. It was obviously a good era where Backstreet Boys is on the radio and the Sega Gebesis is on sale via AtGames. Then I read on the packaging this machine is jammed packed with Eighty video games into the console echoing back to a time when gaming was just fun! I realized, it didn’t matter where I am. It was all about when I am. While at the store decisions had to be made between two distinct machines. Before I travel back to the era of President Cheetos. I tried to do my civil duties creating time paradoxes telling everyone in the year 1991 to be careful of choices which will change the world. While also lying to the store clerk and claiming 2016 has flying cars, teleports and light speed has been achieved while the human race has been enslaved by aliens. But that’s a different video game.
However, between the Sega Genesis Console ‘remake’ and the hand held. Essentially it all comes down to two points. The at home console has two controllers which are meant to be ‘state of the art’ in consideration to today’s technology. However, you’re really playing with fire here. Firstly, video games back then weren’t built on WIFI. Second, the timing delay is a bug you have to workout with during something called ‘development.’ I know this crazy thing people do to build video games. Another department to consider is Quality Assurance. Oh my God, what will they think of next. Meanwhile, I don’t really have a two player in my life per se. I mean, my wife will play video games all the live long day with me, but at the end of the day it would really all just be me. Allegedly I don’t play well with others. So I rolled with the handheld. Which is pretty much the same thing minus the shenanigans of WIFI. The meat and potatoes here is the eighty video games which someone at AtGames felt were the principal games which best showcased Sega in it hay day. Let’s dive in…
The handheld is light in weight. Forms well in consideration to handheld games and echoes back to the days of the Sega Game Gear. The difference being the handheld doesn’t require six AA batteries and last for all of five minutes of video gaming time. Which is pretty much the bane to my existence back in my third grade. Let me brake it down.
I asked my parents for a Gameboy because everyone in school had one. Provided Gameboys at the time were pixelated black and white screens. They were bulky as hell and only required two AA batteries. Christmas rolls around and the parental units known as Dad and Mom give me a Sega Game Gear. To this day I have no idea if anyone remembers this shenanigan. However, I was the coolest kid because my video games were in colour.
AtGames did an alright job for the most part though better in consideration to the last Sega handheld and or the Superboy. In consideration to the amount of video games which are built into this game the specifications don’t over stretch the video games on a 2.5 screen. The build is simple in consideration. From the top we have an AV Output which allows players to connect to your big screen while using the machine as a controller. Power source is provided by USB. The funny thing about power in this machine is the little notes in the user manual stating to charge for 11 hours and then play for up to 3-4 hours. Next is another subsequent charge up to 3 hours long. Yes, the batteries are not AA. However, I’m just trying to remember what year it is again. What first world problem is this!? I will say though battery life is wear the Sega Game Gear fell like a paper weight. Next is a micro external memory chip holder. This isn’t provided along with the AV cord. The idea here is aside from the eighty video games from Sega, allegedly there’s other video games out there to either, ‘buy, download, pirate’ and play on this machine. However, with going to the main website user friendliness bit me in the ass because I couldn’t find video game downloads to save my life. Why even broadcast for all the world to see when you can’t even provide to the general public. Seems like an ironic analogy to a healthcare system which has failed millions of people, TriCare! Then there’s a volume spinner. Which I’ll say, volume on this machine could have been exploited just a little more. PS Vita style would have sufficed, however for third party developer I’ll give it another few years on Amazon when technical upgrades are made.
On the face of the Sega Game Gear remake is a D-Pad which mocks a joy stick if I ever saw one. Seemed like someone on development team threw a dart at a couple of sticky notes and said, ‘sure why not.’ The Menu button is the heart and soul of this machine for the most part. While it is ironically right where I would want to have the ‘start/pause’ button, its soul function is to back out of a video game when I’m tired of Sonic, Mortal Kombat or Alex the Kidd. Opposite of the Menu button is the, oh shit, ‘start/pause’ button. Blow this is six buttons. Let’s recite our video game alphabet! A, B, C, X, Y, Z and Bingo was his name-o. Small little speaker is provided just below the D-pad, and a small red light is just under the video game alphabet provided the machine is exhausted. Underneath is an audio jack for headphones, on the opposite side is the power switch. Allow me to critic moving the power button to the top, just behind the volume knob. Likewise, flip the volume knob and power button so all audio control is centralized, easy day!
It’s fun to play the video games. Stand outs include: Sonic, Mortal Kombat, Alex Kidd, Chakan, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star, Ristar, Sword of Vermilion, The Ooze, Vectorman, and Panic Lift.
Other games include: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Arrow Flash, Bonanza Bros., Chakan: The Forever Man, Columns, Columns III, Comix Zone, Crack Down, Decap Attack, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean 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, Mortal Kombat I, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat III, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Ristar, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Spinball, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sword of Vermilion, The Ooze, Vectorman, Vectorman II Adventure in the Park, Air Hockey, Black Sheep, Bomber, Bottle Taps Race, Brain Switch, Break a Fireline, Bubble Master Cannon… and many more.
I don’t normally plug external content into post. However, because this is a particular and so off the wall. Here’s a Youtube video I found useful when wanting to download video games into the Sega Genesis Portable. As well as plug a couple of websites for Sega ROMs to download and play.
Downloading to Micro tutorial VIDEO
Free ROMs at Romnation Genesis
Free ROMs at CoolROMs.com