djc wrote:I decided to go with the last Atgames (hold your eye-rolls) Sega Genesis Flashback HD console which was produced in 2018. This one not only looks the part (much better than the prior 2017 model), the emulation is significantly improved over previous Flashback offerings.
I almost bought one of these, myself, a little while back, but man, have the prices spiked on them! They were going for about $25 or so around last Summer when I first had my eye on one. After the Genesis Mini was released, prices began to climb, and it now looks like I can't pick one up for less than $60. At that rate, I feel like I might as well get the Genesis Mini. I like the idea of a cartridge slot that can play all my physical games, but the asking price is a bit steep for what it is. I already have my OG Genesis hooked up to a 20" tube TV in the back room, and for me, it's just not worth spending a lot to be able to play my Genesis games on my living room HDTV, too.
GameStop had these Genesis Mini consoles for $35 on New Year's Eve, with free shipping. *Almost* went for one then. I might snap one up when they go on sale for close to that amount again. For me, it's less about the purchase price and more about whether or not I'll actually be using the damn thing. $35 is a great price, but if I drop $35 on something and literally never use it once, then there's not much point in buying it to begin with!
I like the review, but I have one nitpick. The last photo in the review appears to have been taken without a flash, and it seems so much darker and more dim than the other photos on the page. The rest of the photos are bright and vibrant and really pop off the screen, making the last shot seem so dull by comparison. It's probably too late to get a "group shot" of all the items in the box now, so I guess the existing last shot will have to do.
I am rather impressed they managed to snag a few third-party titles for this mini console, such as Road Rash and Castlevania. I never thought I would see any of the RR games on one of these things, so that shows what I know! Shame there aren't any sports titles, as games like NBA Jam, NHL Hockey, the Sports Talk games, and the Mutant League series were always absolute go-to games around my house.
Funny that us old timers can appreciate the fact that super-expensive games such as Castlevania Bloodlines are included with this set, yet at the same time bemoan the fact that bargain-bin titles like Madden '92 are not. If only the Genesis Mini had a functional cartridge slot, there would be no complaints. Well, less complaints, anyway. Maybe they'll put out a Model 2 next year??