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All You Have To Know About Nintendo’s New (Old) NES And Sega’s Genesis

Last month Nintendo announced that they will re-release their Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) but in a mini-format. Now Sega apparently also wants a peace of the cake of the retro-hype because they announced that they’re bringing back their MegaDrive/Genesis too. Here is what we know about the new (old) games consoles. 

Nintendo’s NES DSCN5889

Pokemon was already relived so why not bring back another success from the past? The Mini-NES will be a small version of the orgininal NES and hit stores on November 11, 2016. It comes with a classic controller, a USB cable and a HDMI cable. And the price is right too: The machine with one controller will cost $59,99 U.S. dollars. The price of a second controller is still unclear but a German source says that it will cost $10 U.S. dollars and that you can also use a Wii controller to play the system. But the most exciting detail is that the console will include 30 pre-loaded games. Some of them will be multiplayer games so you can play them with friends. Here is the list of all games it comes with:

  1. Balloon Fight™
  3. Castlevania™
  4. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  5. Donkey Kong™
  6. Donkey Kong Jr. ™
  8. Dr. Mario™
  9. Excitebike™
  11. Galaga™
  13. GRADIUS™
  14. Ice Climber™
  15. Kid Icarus™
  16. Kirby’s Adventure™
  17. Mario Bros. ™
  18. MEGA MAN® 2
  19. Metroid™
  21. PAC-MAN™
  22. Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  23. StarTropics™
  24. SUPER C™
  25. Super Mario Bros.™
  26. Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
  27. Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
  29. The Legend of Zelda™
  30. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

Nintendo also announced that the console “can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii console. Simply connect it to a Wii Remote controller to make the experience that much more authentic. Players needn’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress either as each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed.”

Sega’s MegaDrive/Genesis 

Sega apparently wants to match Nintendo’s NES and also announced a mini-console to celebrate Sonic The Hedgehog’s 25th birthday. The new system will be a portable console with even more games than Nintendo’s NES. The “Sega MegaDrive/Genesis Ultimate Retro Games Handheld 25th Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Edition” (*taking a breath*) will cost $65 U.S. dollars and will be released in October 2016. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, a USB cable and a SD card slot for unlimited expansion, so you can download more games online. Like I already spoilered, will the compact games console also have way more games – 80! Here is the the complete list of games included with the handheld:

  1. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  2. Alien Storm
  3. Altered Beast
  4. Arrow Flash
  5. Bonanza Bros.
  6. Chakan: The Forever Man
  7. Columns
  8. Columns III
  9. ComixZone
  10. Crack Down
  11. DecapAttack
  12. Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine
  13. ESWAT: City Under Siege
  14. Eternal Champions
  15. Fatal Labyrinth
  16. Flicky
  17. Gain Ground
  18. Golden Axe
  19. Golden Axe II
  20. Golden Axe III
  21. Jewel Master
  22. Kid Chameleon
  23. Phantasy Star 2
  24. Phantasy Star 3
  25. Ristar
  26. Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  27. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  28. Sonic & Knuckles
  29. Sonic Spinball
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog
  31. Sonic the Hedgehog II
  32. Sonic 3D Blast
  33. Sword of Varmilion
  34. The Ooze
  35. Vectorman
  36. VectormanII
  37. Mortal Kombat I
  38. Mortal Kombat II
  39. Mortal Kombat III
  40. Adventure in the Park
  41. Cross the road
  42. Jack’s Pea
  43. Jewel Magic
  44. Curling 2010
  45. Plumbing Contest
  46. Wall-Breaking
  47. Bubble Master
  48. Break a Fireline
  49. Mahjong Solitaire
  50. Warehouse Keeper
  51. Chess
  52. Memory
  53. Snake
  54. Air Hockey
  55. Spider
  56. Naval Power
  57. Mr. Balls
  58. Cannon
  59. Fight or Lose
  60. Bottle Taps Race
  61. Bomber
  62. Checker
  63. Hexagonos
  64. Whack-A-Wolf
  65. Mirror Mirror
  66. Panic Lift
  67. Black Sheep
  68. Flash Memory
  69. Brain Switch
  70. Mega Brain Switch
  71. Hidden Agenda
  72. Dominant Amber
  73. Hide and Seek
  74. Jura Formula
  75. Lost World Sudoku
  76. Meatloaf Rotation
  77. Mya Master Mind
  78. Skeleton Scale
  79. T-Rex Memory Match
  80. Yawning Triceratops

I personally am more excited about Nintendo’s NES because you can play it on a big TV screen and also with more than one player. On the other hand (no pun intended) you can play with Sega’s handheld on the way like on a train or generally outside. Also the handheld has more games – but on the other hand maybe in the future you can download more games for the NES too. It doesn’t matter. I guess with the one or the other every nostalgic retro fan will get his or her’s money’s worth.




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