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AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback

Just make the plug 'n play systems yourselves, Sega!

AtGames has produced a large amount of Sega Genesis plug 'n play systems officially licensed by Sega, these systems usually include a large amount of built-in Genesis games and some of them even allow the user to use proper Genesis cartridges and play them via emulation, or even slots for classic Genesis controllers. While they may seem like promising products, they are very notorious for poor quality and always having the same problems.

Examples

  • Sega Genesis Classic Game Console
  • Sega Genesis Flashback
  • Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player

Why Most Of Them Suck

  1. The 35th Anniversary one has very poor build quality, in fact Luigitehplumber (an Admin on this Wiki) managed to destroy one of them with no effort at all.
  2. Many of them are also made out of very cheap plastic, with the 35th Anniversary one being the cheapest.
  3. Absolutely horrendous off-pitch and ear-bleeding sound reproduction in all of the games. Fortunately, the HD version doesn't have this problem.
  4. They often include shovelware for no reason other than to increase the amount of games included.
  5. Poor emulation.
  6. Random game breaking bugs.
  7. Frame rate drops are frequent.
  8. Often the systems use frame skipping to try to hide the framerate drops but it's just as jarring.
  9. The Wireless controllers tend to be cheaply made and are often unresponsive due to using infrared technology. Fortunately, these were replaced with wired ones in 2017.
  10. Bland interfaces.
  11. Mr. Balls. That is a very unfortunate name for a video game.
  12. The handheld ones often have horrible screen resolutions.
  13. Using actual Genesis cartridges doesn't fix the issues.
  14. Some of them have RPG games, yet still have no save states or internal batteries, making them almost unplayable. This is unacceptable because the RPG games included take at least 20 hours to complete. That's why they invented the save feature in the first place, so you can shut down the console and resume playing.
  15. The pre-2017 systems only included composite video output, meaning they could fail to work on modern HDTVs unless you connected them to an upscaler, which typically cost several times more than the system itself.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The consoles still have many great games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Ristar, Vectorman, and Mortal Kombat.
  2. The 2017 Sega Genesis Flashback HD improved the sound emulation compared to previous models and had better controllers.
  3. The 2017 Sega Genesis Classic Game Console had stereo audio and replaced the crappy infrared controllers with wired ones.
  4. Some of them do allow you to play actual Genesis cartridges.
  5. Most of the newer ones include controller ports, allowing you to use actual Genesis controllers in place of the crappy stock controllers.
  6. The portable version has a slot on the top that you can put SD cards containing ROMs in. You can also install the Neto Boot Loader onto the SD card to fix the sounds.

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