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Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas. For Christmas, instead of a shiny new Wii-U or PlayStation 4 or any of those ol' goodies, I have recieved a Plug N' Play revision of the Sega Genesis called, as the box says, the "Sega Genesis Classic Game Console." It's a fun name, but let me get into it first. Another thing is that this thing is cheap, but definitely worth the money. My dad bought it in a store (he didn't tell me which store it was), and he would have gotten an Atari, but he knows I like Sega alot.

Anyways, let's get on with the review!

List of Games

Sega Genesis Games

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (listed on the box as Alex Kidd)
  • Altered Beast
  • Arrow Flash
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Chakan
  • Columns
  • Columns III (3)
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (listed on the box as Dr. Robotnik's)
  • Ecco The Dolphin (listed on the box as Ecco)
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time (listed on the box as Ecco II)
  • Ecco Jr.
  • ESWAT
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Jewel Master
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer
  • Shinobi III
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (listed on box as Sonic the Hedgehog II)
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Streets of Rage (listed on box as "Streets of Rage1"
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • The Ooze
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman II
  • Virtual Fighter II

Non-Sega Games

These games aren't made by Sega, but instead by the creator of the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console, At Games. At Games has added a few of their own games which aren't on the Sega Genesis, and don't look like they were even made for the Genesis, but rather a 16-bit version of the Atari 2600

  • Air Hockey
  • Black Sheep
  • Bomber
  • Bottle Taps Race
  • Brain Switch
  • Bulls and ows
  • Cannon
  • Checker
  • Chess
  • Color Puzzle
  • Cross the road
  • Curling 2010
  • Dominant Color
  • Fight or Lose
  • FireFly Glow
  • Fish Story
  • Flash Memory
  • Formula Challenge
  • Hexagonos
  • Jack's Pea
  • Jewel Magic
  • Logic Dial
  • Mahjong
  • Match Eleven
  • Mega Brain Switch
  • Memory
  • Memory Match
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Mr. Balls
  • Naval Power
  • Panic Lift
  • Reaction Match
  • Snake
  • Space Hunter
  • Spider
  • Sudoku Quiz
  • Table Magic
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Warehouse Keeper
  • Whack-A-Wolf

The Good

This system is very fun to play with, especially considering it has 80 games that come with it, even the 40 non-Sega games are fun! Here's some more stuff that's good about it:

  1. 80 games. Just, 80 games. That's alot of games, and a really fun way to spend time if you're super-bored.
  2. It can support Sega Genesis Cartridges. Some other games that were missing from the collection (SONIC 3) can still be played on the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console. A handful of cartridges are incompatible, however.
  3. Wireless Controllers. The Sega Genesis Classic Game Console has two 6-button wireless Sega Genesis controllers that run on Two AAA batteries that have a switch on top that can make you be either player 1 or player 2.
  4. It can support normal Sega Genesis controllers. If you want to put in the regular 3-button wired Genesis controllers, then be my guest. You can support any controller than fits in the two sockets in the front.

Even though there's all that good stuff, there's... 

The Bad

Now, the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console, being what it is, is NOT perfect. Let me list its imperfections:

  • It has bad sound quality. Not necessarily bad sound quality, but the sound in Sonic the Hedgehog games have a lower pitch than their normal Sega Genesis counterparts. I have absolutely no reason why this happens.
  • Clunky wireless features. Unlike the Wii's sensor, the SGCGC's isn't as perfect. It only works if you're in front of the console, and sometimes if you press a button and THEN move your controller out of the sensor's path, the console will think that the button is still being pressed (this is especially a problem in Sonic games.) Also, player 2 sometimes changes his/her controller to player 1 and troll player 1 around in 2-player sections in Sonic 2 and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
  • No Sonic 3. Sonic & Knuckles is a part of this feature, as you know, but there is no Knuckles in Sonic 2, no Blue Sphere, none of that. Sonic 3 is even removed as well, for some odd reason. I consider Sonic & Knuckles to be the better of the two games, so it isn't a big deal to me.
  • No HDMI. Most people like to play the game on their HDTVs. I have one, and it only has A/V ports. It's sucky quality, but it still feels quite fun to play. I like setting my television's aspect ratio to 16:9, and it just makes the game look better.
  • Sonic 1 Spike Thing. Most versions of Sonic 1 have, if you land on a spike, you fall twice, and die. This is fixed in some revisions, but the SGCGC version of Sonic 1 does not have this. 

The Controller

I just love the controller, despite it's shortcomings. The Sega Genesis Classic Game Console's version has eight buttons. Menu, Start, A, B, C, X, Y, and Z. When playing a Sonic game, X, Y, and Z don't work, only A, B, and C. Since I'm only playing Sonic 1, 2, Knuckles, and 3D Blast, I guess that isn't too much of a problem for me. Streets of Rage and Virtua Fighter 2 use the X, Y, and Z buttons, however.

There are no L and R buttons at the top of the controller, but I don't really see that much of a use for it anyway. Another thing is that there is a directional pad. This may not seem like a big deal to you guys, but I'm much more accustomed to the analog stick.

The controller is very comfortable to hold, especially considering I'm usually holding the D-pad and the A button. It's simple design, which I can't exactly show due to my poor camera, is really comfortable when holding. Sonic games feel much more better playing when being held with a controller than with a keyboard, which I would rather use for typing, thank you very much. http://i.imgur.com/0pPxkUe.jpg

The Connections

There are 2 A/V ports, yellow and white, that come with it. For some reason, no HDMI, but my TV luckily accepts A/V. There's also an AC adapter, which plugs in similar to a phone charger. 

Comparison

Most other Sega Genesis collections have more games than this does. However, this has Jewel Master and Eternal Champions, which is quite rare. 

Overall

Since I won't be playing Sonic Lost World, Super Mario 3D Land, or Pokemon X and Y this year, I guess this is recommended for a person like me who prefers the older games more. Overall, I give this an 8.5/10. The wireless controllers and the majority of the 40 non-Sega games keep me from giving it a 10/10. Another thing is the fact that the sound is bad. 

See you next year, guys! 

Breada: The True BZ Fan 10:35, December 25, 2013 (UTC)