Sega Genesis And Nintendo Classic Console Releases Stir Up Old Beef
Shortly after Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTC: NTDOY) announced the NES Classic Edition, Sega has licensed Chinese manufacturer At Games to re-release the Sega Mega Drive (known as the Sega Genesis in North America) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, according to a report on comicbook.com.
Pre-Loaded With Favs
Just as the NES Classic is delivered with pre-loaded classic games, the Sega Mega Drive Classic will come pre-loaded with fan favorites as well. "The Mega Drive will feature 80 preinstalled games in total, compared to the NES' thirty, though some of those games are "bonus" SEGA arcade puzzle games," according to comicbook.com.
"Still, the system includes several fan favorites of the era, including the entire Streets of Rage series, the Golden Axe trilogy, most of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the original Mortal Kombat trilogy, Phantasy Star II and Vectorman."
The report said, "The Sega Mega Drive Classic also has a cartridge port, so those willing to hunt down physical copies of classic Genesis games can always expand on their library. The NES Classic Edition is locked into its 30 preloaded games exclusively."
Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Retro Games Handheld
Moreover, Sega and At Games are also offering a handheld version of the console, called the Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Retro Games Handheld. The handheld console comes with an SD slot, which will allow players to add to their own games digitally.
That said, the report noted that "Nintendo embraced the classic gaming emulation trend by allowed for save states on the NES Classic, which the Mega Drive Classic is incapable of. The Mega Drive Classic also lacks the HDMI support of the NES Classic."
"The Sega Mega Drive Classic is currently up for pre-order on the website of British retailer Smyth Toys. The console is priced at £49.99 (approximately $65) with a release date of October 2016."
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