Stay on target Sega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console WarsNo Joke, ‘Yakuza 7’ Goes Full Turn-Based JRPG This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) in Japan. Though the system ultimately lost the console war to the Super Nintendo, it certainly gave the House of Mario stiff competition during the early 90s. To celebrate the launch of its most famous system, Sega will release a “mini” edition of the classic 16-bit system. The diminutive console will first launch in Japan before releasing worldwide. While this is great news for fans of retro games, it comes with one huge caveat: the system will use AtGames technology.If you recall, AtGames is the company responsible for last year’s universally-loathed Sega Genesis Flashback console. This system looked nice, but featured a user interface that was less than user-friendly. Worst of all, games like Sonic the Hedgehog ran at inconsistent frame rates. That wasn’t even AtGames’ first attempt at making a Genesis clone either. The company has been at it for over ten years. Despite knowing all of that, Sega still decided to go and let the company handle the anniversary edition of their classic system.「メガドライブ」誕生30周年記念！『メガドライブ ミニ』（仮称）2018年発売決定！思い出の名作ゲームの数々が、これ1台で楽しめます！#セガフェス #メガドライブ #メガドライブ30周年https://t.co/HWj6NFL96y pic.twitter.com/0C9QH1l5Mr— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) April 14, 2018There is perhaps one possible saving grace. As reported by Polygon, this system will use different emulation than the Flashback console. It will also have “additional features.” It is entirely possible the console will actually deliver a worthwhile Sega Genesis experience. The Japanese edition of the system has no cartridge slot, but other territories will. This means you can play your old Sega Genesis cartridges on the console. This isn’t a new feature for AtGames-produced Genesis clones, but it’s good to have regardless.With the (wild) success of the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Classic Edition systems, it makes sense for Sega to jump on the mini retro console bandwagon. It just would’ve been better if the company created their own system instead of once again having AtGames take on the task. I understand Sega isn’t exactly in the hardware business anymore, but the Genesis deserves better than this. With that said, perhaps AtGames will (finally) get things right this time. Even if this is everything we want it to be, don’t expect it to fly off shelves like Nintendo’s systems. Folks who’ve been fooled into buying into buying an AtGames console before won’t likely do so again, even if it’s decent.If you want to play classic Genesis games, you can always check out the excellent Sega Genesis collection on Steam. This same collection is also making its way to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. Even Switch owners will get some Genesis love in the form of the Sega Ages collection. You don’t exactly need to buy this AtGames system to play Genesis games. There are better alternatives out there. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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