The SEGA Genesis is back for a new generation of gamers and for those of you wanting to relive some classic gaming moments. AtGames has licensed the SEGA Genesis gaming system to produce the Firecore Classic SEGA Genesis Console. This version of the SEGA Genesis packs in 20 SEGA Genesis games in one compact hardware package. It also includes 2 controllers, which are designed like the classic 6-button Genesis controller. Get ready to experience gaming as it was 20 years ago with cartridges.
An NTSC and PAL switch on the back of the system allows you to use SEGA Genesis or Mega Drive (PAL equivalent) game cartridges. So if you ever missed some games you weren’t able to play in your region, you can probably find them on eBay and use them with the Firecore. I tested out the system with a Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition SEGA Genesis cartridge and it worked great. Whenever you use a cartridge in the Firecore’s slot, it loads that up instead of the menu of 20 included games. SEGA Genesis cartridges can be found relatively cheap through eBay, secondhand stores, or several game retailers that still carry used versions of them. Including a functional cartridge port is a nice bonus to the already included 20 games.
The 20 games included with the SEGA Genesis Firecore are:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Shadow Dancer – The Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III: Return of Ninja Master
Sonic and Knuckles
When you power on the Firecore, you get a menu that allows you to boot up any of those games listed above. A nice variety of classics that span game genres including shooters, side-scrolling games, action-adventure games, puzzle games, and gaming icons of the ’90s.
So what are the advantages of having this console versus getting one of the many SEGA Genesis compilations or downloadable games available for just about every current generation system out today? There are a few things to consider. Back like in the cartridge days, load times are instant. You won’t have to wait to load anything up. The form factor of the controllers allow you to feel how it was made to be played. The cartridge slot will allow you to use your old Genesis and Mega Drive cartridges or play some unique retro games that haven’t been re-released. It’s also compact and easy to take to a friend’s place for some pure gaming moments. Now, one thing to remember is that the games that this system plays were designed to look best on an interlaced CRT television. On an HDTV, it won’t look as crisp and clean as some of the re-released classics on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii or PSP. This is how it was back in the day, not in HD, kids. With two controllers and the selection of games built into the hardware, it’s a great setup for gamers of the ’90s who want to play with their children or relive a retro night of gaming with friends.
Everything that is included in the Firecore SEGA Genesis package includes the Firecore console, 2 wired game controllers, AV cable (yellow/white), AC adapter, and an instruction manual. The Firecore also supports wireless controllers using its IR receiver. You hardcore Genesis fans that have been keeping up with Genesis homebrew games, the Firecore also supports "true color technology" and is compatible with the Firecore SD cartridge. For just about the cost of one game available today, you can get 20 SEGA Genesis classics in a fully backwards compatible retro system. Just about any gamer would love breaking out a SEGA Genesis system, ready to game. The AtGames Firecore Classic SEGA Genesis Console is distributed in North America by Innex and has a $49.99 MSRP.