Sega Genesis Classic Gaming Console System

Last updated date: September 10, 2020

DWYM Score
8.8

Sega Genesis Classic Gaming Console System

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Overall Take

Classic game enthusiasts will love this gaming console, which comes with 81 free games. It comes with two controllers and a USB charging cable, as well as an SD slot. The easy setup makes this a great console to move around to various rooms in your house or take to a friend's place for gaming night. In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Sega Sega Genesis Classic Gaming Console System placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
1,119 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Includes two wireless controllers
- Armchair Arcade
The best part is that you don’t have to re-invest in a bunch of classic games, because dozens of them are built right into this machine.
- MEGATech News
Overall Genesis Classic Game Console packs a substantial amount of 16-bit joy into one convenient package. Timeless games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage will appeal to everybody, and the more obscure titles will attract classic gaming enthusiasts.
- Video Game Critic
While the Sega Classic Game Console series has always been Sonic-heavy, this year’s release includes one additional Sonic game, as well as some Phantasy Star games.
- Polygon
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 Hedgehog, Vectorman, and Golden Axe.
- Game Rant
The controllers are wireless making it easy to set it up, and sit where you want in the living room or game room and play your favorite games.
- Tom's Take On Things
What experts didn't like
Poor audio quality
- Armchair Arcade
They’ve captured a similar kind of aesthetic here, but the plastic machine does feel decidedly hollow by comparison.
- MEGATech News
Unfortunately since the games are emulated they do not play 100% like the originals (this goes for using real cartridges as well).
- Video Game Critic
It’s still, in 2016, missing one major enhancement that Nintendo’s console brings with it: an HDMI connection.
- Polygon
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.
- Game Rant

From The Manufacturer

Sega Genesis classic game Console with 81 classic Sega games built-in, including Sonic series, mortal Kombat, virtua Fighter 2, altered beast and phantasy star. Includes 2 wired Controllers so you can game with your BEST friends and family. Plug-and-play version of the original Console that sold over 35 million units!.

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An Overview On Gaming Systems

Gaming systems have come a long way since the early days when you had to buy cartridges to play your favorite 8-bit game. Those cartridges gradually progressed to compact discs, but today, all you need is an internet connection and you can download games and start playing.

But advancing technology has also expanded the types of gaming consoles you can buy. You can find systems that support the latest video advancements, displaying your game in high definition on your big-screen TV. But you can also find classic gaming consoles that give you a nostalgic experience while you’re playing retro games like PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong.

There’s also the option of a mobile gaming console that allows you to take your fun on the road with you. With these lightweight, portable units, you can play at home or while you’re on vacation or in the waiting room of your doctor’s office.

There are three brands that dominate the gaming industry: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. If you’re looking for the latest innovations in gaming, you’ll likely be choosing between the latest Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch or Sony Xbox One.

With Nintendo Switch, the company has focused on providing a simple, streamlined gaming experience, so you may not get the power you want. The best thing about the Switch is that you can detach the box to take with you and play anywhere.

PlayStation attracts consumers by providing exclusive games, and those games have become popular in recent years. These gaming consoles pack plenty of power, allowing you to play complicated games that feature stunning graphics. If you have a PlayStation, though, you’ll probably want to invest in the latest high-definition technology for your TV to take full advantage of the graphics built into the game.

But Sony’s Xbox is no slacker itself. You’ll get power with this model, too, but you’ll find the games are more versatile than PlayStation’s. You can play your Xbox games on other gaming consoles, which comes in handy when you’re hanging out where there’s only a PlayStation or Nintendo.

Before you start shopping for a gaming console, take an assessment of how you’ll play. Do you mostly play alone? If so, you can get away with one controller, but you may want to have at least an extra one so you can play with friends. You should also look at the capacity of your TV so that you can make sure you get a system that will render graphics in the high-definition display you want.

DWYM Fun Fact

Even with all the advancements in gaming in recent years, gamers seem to still enjoy the old-school experience. The classics have endured since their inception, but game developers have realized that embracing retro gaming pays off. You can find not only classic games, but also consoles specifically dedicated to giving you the true arcade experience.

Instead of buying a dedicated console, you can get the retro experience online, thanks to developers who specialize in retro gaming emulation. You can also retrofit your newer consoles to play older discs, if you have them. Of course, if you have the room and the money, you can invest in a full arcade game that gives you the same experience that gamers of the 1980s had when they slid a quarter into the slot.

The Gaming System Buying Guide

  • Look for the ease of getting games for the console you choose. Some consoles have their own exclusive games, while others are more universal in nature. You’ll probably need an internet connection to download any games you want to play, although you can still buy discs if you want to play that way.
  • If you’re buying discs, pay close attention to the used market. You can get great deals on games that others are selling because they’ve upgraded or are relying on the internet for downloads.
  • Pay close attention to the way the console connects to your TV. You’ll probably need an HDMI port on your TV, as well as an HDMI cable to connect things up.
  • Some consoles have a secondary USB cable that lets you play games on your laptop or desktop monitor.
  • If you opt for a mobile gaming console, make sure you get a storage bag to carry it around with you. Also check the weight to make sure it won’t become burdensome if you’re carrying it in your backpack or laptop bag.
  • Battery life is also important in a mobile gaming console. You won’t be near a power outlet at all times, so having a battery that can provide hours of play between charges will be a huge benefit.
  • Style is probably the least important factor, but you’ll find gaming consoles are available in a variety of styles. Some retro gaming consoles even come with a retro look to add to the fun.
  • If you ever plan to play DVDs, make sure your chosen console not only supports DVDs, but plays them in high definition.
  • Although modern gaming consoles allow you to download games and other assets, each manufacturer has its own online library. Look into what’s available before you decide on a brand.
  • If you want to save all your favorite games, look at the storage provided with each console. Many of the best boast 1TB of storage. Keep in mind that the most high-powered games will take up quite a bit of space, so that storage will go quickly if you like a big collection of games.
  • You may get at least a couple of free games with your console. This is especially prevalent with retro consoles, which often come with dozens of free games.
  • Xbox has something called Game Pass, which gives you a substantial discount on games for a monthly subscription fee.
  • If you want to take advantage of virtual reality technology, you’ll be limited in your consoles. PlayStation supports it, but some others may, as well. Check to see what gear you’ll need if you want to take advantage of this.
  • By the time you buy your console, chances are, it will already be outdated. The latest, greatest gaming system is always just around the corner. You may want to wait until a new version releases, then enjoy it until the next version debuts.
  • Families looking for kid-friendly consoles should take a serious look at the Nintendo console. You’ll get a bigger selection of youth-geared games, along with features like being able to later invest in a smaller console like the Switch Lite without having to buy all new games.